One of our favorite holiday adventures is visiting a live Nativity as a family. It’s the perfect way for us to kick off our Christmas season as we remember the real reason we are celebrating all of December. Most live Nativities are free, or at least very affordable.
Live Nativities often have animals, a Bethlehem type village, and a representation of the manger scene. We always notice the hustle bustle of Bethlehem versus the quiet atmosphere around the portrayal of baby Jesus. It makes for great discussions with our boys.
We have visited a few different live Nativities, but there are many spots throughout Utah where you can experience a live Nativity.
Tickets are on sale now (2021).
The Alpine Living Nativity was our first experience with a live Nativity, and we love the production that they put on. There are Roman guards asking for taxes (your tickets), many animals to see, and little shows in the town of Bethlehem with lots of hands-on activities for the kids to try. The event ends with Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus in a small stable. Hot chocolate is provided. This event requires tickets and they cost $5. They often sell out in a few hours, so make sure to get on their email list for a notification when tickets will go on sale. This event is outside so dress warm and for the weather.
Tickets are available now (2021). There will only be a short Nativity program, no Bethlehem village this year.
Stonegate Weddings puts on a Night in Bethlehem in their large facility every year. This event has a town of Bethlehem and then a short musical Nativity program. This event is free, but tickets are required. Make sure to request the tickets before going. They also ask for a tax of a non perishable food items per person. This is simply a donation, and not required. This event is indoors.
Nativity in the Glen
The Nativity in the Glen only happens on one night. Nativity in The Glen is a multi-faith community event held in the Bonneville Glen which is transformed into the City of Bethlehem. The entrance fee is a canned food or cash donation. There is a market, live music, animals, and it ends with the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. No strollers or pets are allowed. Dress warmly as the event is entirely outdoors.
Watch their Facebook page for updates on 2021 dates.
Live Nativity at the Orchard
University Place and Utah Community Church work together to put on this live Nativity. Treats and hot chocolate are free, and all the performers are local talent. You can also enjoy the lights in the Orchard at University Place.
2021 date: Dec. 10 from 6-8 pm.
Young Living Family Farm Country Christmas and Nativity
The Young Living Lavender Farm in Mona hosts a Country Christmas activity every year. There are lots of activities, and one of them is a live Nativity. It costs $5 for ages 4 and up, or $25 for a family of 6. This includes all the activities such as visits with Santa, scavenger hunts, wagon rides and more.
2021 dates: Monday, Friday, and Saturday between November 26–December 22. 6–9 p.m
*The week of Christmas, wagon rides will be on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, December 20–22.
Live Nativity Christmas Celebration
The Live Nativity in Heber Valley is an actual performance. As you watch the show, you are surrounded by animals and angels as they tell and sing the story of the birth of Jesus. This event is free.
2021 date: December 15. Two performances: 6:00 and 7:30.
Hunt Family Live Nativity: “Miracle of Christmas”
The Hunt family has been putting on their Live Nativity program titled “Miracle of Christmas” for 41 years in Ogden. This free live Nativity has Christmas music, a live cast and animals. The performances last about 20 minutes.
No dates yet for 2021 Dates. Watch their Facebook page for current information.
Christmas in the Canyon at Tuacahn
The Tuacahn theater in St. George has many Christmas events going on throughout the month of December. One of the Christmas in the Canyon events is a live Nativity. Their live Nativity costs $3/person and is a 20 minute performance with music, animals, and narration. You can also enjoy the lights and visits with Santa at Tuacahn for free. There are other activities that cost as well, such as ice skating, train rides, and a different Christmas show.
2021 Dates: November 26-Dec. 23. Christmas in the Canyon is FREE, but tickets for the Nativity are $3. Shows are 7:00 and 8:15 each night.
Clark Historic Farm Live Nativity and Luminary Walk
Every December, this historic farm hosts a live nativity and a light display for Christmas. There are farm animals, music, a Nativity, and lights. The Clark Historic Farm is located in Grantsville, so it’s out west of SLC. If you have the Get Out Pass, this is on the pass (2021) for free admission. Admission is only $2/person and includes free hot chooclate. And you can get $1 off admission if you bring a can of food to donate.
Cache Valley Live Nativity
The Cache Valley Live Nativity is held at the Nibley Morgan Farm in Nibley, Ut. They have a camel, caroling, wagon rides, and a peaceful farm setting. There is a small narration that plays as you walk through the nativity scene. Donations are suggested but not required ($3/person or 2 canned food items)
2021 Dates: No dates yet, but I will update as soon as I see them. Check their Facebook for info.
In 2019, A Babe is Born Nativity popped up as something happening in Lehi. We loved having a live nativity in our little town. It was amazing! Every ticket purchased equals a meal for refugees. Tickets are $10/adults and $8/kids, but we have a code “LEHIMOMS” to save you 20% off tickets. This nativity was performed at the Lehi Rodeo Grounds, but has moved to a new location this year. It is in a barn, so it should be a little warmer. There was a small Bethlehem scene that ended with a lovely nativity scene (and a famous Lehi Bakery square donut).
2021 Dates: Dec. 17-18, 20-22