Live Nativities in Utah

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.

Alpine Living Nativity: Alpine

Tickets available now. Dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Dec. 4-5

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. Click here for tickets.

Night in Bethlehem: Pleasant Grove

Tickets are available now (2023). Dates: November 25-27, Dec. 1-3 2023.

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 one non perishable food item per person. This is simply a donation, and not required. This event is indoors.

Nativity in the Glen: SLC

2023 Date: November 28, 2023

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.

Live Nativity at the Orchard: Orem

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.

2023 date: Dec. 8 from 6-8 pm.

The Nativity by Mira: Heber

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.

2023 Date: Dec. 13 at either 6:00 pm or 7:30 pm.

Hunt Family Live Nativity: “Miracle of Christmas”: Ogden

Image from Hunt Family Live Nativity Facebook page

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.

December 20-22, 2023. Performances are at 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30 pm.

Live Nativity at Nature Hills Farm: Cedar City

Nature Hills Farm puts on an interactive live nativity for one day each year. Participants take a wagon ride from the parking lot out to “Bethlehem.” You then walk through the farm experiencing the shepherds, wise men, and angels. Read more here.

2023 Date is Dec. 4 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Tickets are required. $4 online and $5 day in person.

Christmas in the Canyon at Tuacahn: St. George

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 $5/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.

2023 Dates: November 24, 25, 30, and Dec. 1- 23 (but not Dec. 6). Christmas in the Canyon is FREE, but tickets for the Nativity are $5. Shows are 7:00 and 8:15 pm each night.

Staheli Farm Live Nativity: St. George

This nativity is free and outside. You will walk through this Nativity on the Staheli Farm. There are two shows each evening. There will be treats and hot chocolate for purchase at this event.

Dec. 11, 12, & 13 at 6:00 and 6:30 pm. More info on their website.

Clark Historic Farm Live Nativity and Luminary Walk: Grantsville

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. Admission is only $2/person and includes free hot chocolate. And you can get $1 off admission if you bring a can of food to donate.

Dec. 9 & 11, 2023

Cache Valley Live Nativity: Nibley

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. Canned food donations are suggested but not required. Tickets are $3/person.

2023 Dates: Dec 8, 9, & 11 from 6-8 pm. More info here.

Lehi Babe is Born Nativity

A Babe is Born Nativity: Lehi

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 $12/adults and $10/kids. The best deal is the Family Pass, which is $52 for 2 adults and up to 4 children.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).

Dec. 15 & 16, 18 & 19, 2023. Tickets available now.

Drive-Thru Bethlehem: Taylorsville

This drive-thru Nativity is held at the Prince of Peace Lutheran School in SLC. It is FREE! As you drive through in your car you are able to see and hear the story of the first Christmas and Christ’s birth. Sounds like a fun one to try out, especially since December gets cold.

Dec. 9 from 5-8 pm.

Fountain Green Live Nativity

There is a live Nativity on one day in Fountain Green. Take the hay ride from a church parking lot to the nativity. There are also refreshments. FREE. Info here.

2023 dates: Dec. 15 & 16 from 6-8 pm.

Payson Community Creche: Payson

There are hundreds of creches (nativities) on display for this event, but they also have a Live Nativity each night from 5:30-8:30 pm. It is FREE to visit, but only happens for two days. Dec. 1 & 2, 2023. Located at 608 W 1400 S in Payson. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Benson Grist Mill Lighting & Live Nativity: Stansbury Park

Benson Grist Mill includes a live Nativity in their lighting event. The event is one evening on November 27. It is FREE, but if you bring a canned food item they will give you a treat. We always enjoy a stop at this historic spot. More info here.

Candlelight Christmas

Candlelight Christmas Nativity: This is the Place in SLC

This is a smaller Nativity, but when you visit Candlelight Christmas at This is the Place, there is a live nativity. We love the stars on the ceiling and the quietness inside the barn. So don’t miss it when you visit.

Living Bethlehem: American Fork Amphitheater

The Harrington Center is putting on a new live Nativity and makers market. This event is free and includes Santa, food, music, fire pits, games and activities. Tickets are required for the live Nativity and a donation is encouraged for the Nativity tickets. Check out more details on their website. We are excited for another new Nativity to add to the list and can’t wait to check it out.

Dec. 4-9, 2023.

A Living Nativity: Mountain Green

Morgan Valley Church hosts a live Nativity in Mountain Green (located in Morgan County east of Roy and Layton).

Dec. 3 & 4, 2023. Details on time and location here.

Please email us if we missed your favorite live nativity that we need to add to the list. info@utahsadventurefamily.com

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  1. Paula Pexkham

    Fountain Green has done a huge Live Nativity for 18 years.

    1. Natalie Ockey

      Yes! And that is why we have the Fountain Green nativity on our list. You must have missed it when you scrolled through.