Live Nativity Sunday

The story of the birth of Jesus Christ will be brought to life during the third annual "Live Nativity" held from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 19 at Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church. The event, which includes refreshments and Christmas music inside the church, is free. It will be performed regardless of the weather.

"Christmas is an exciting time in the life of the church," said Rev. Jeff Hodge, director of Christian Activities and Family Ministries at the church. "Every December, we offer this retelling of the beautiful Christmas story as a gift to our community."

The story of the nativity will play out during guided tours that stop at a number of indoor and outdoor scenes around the church at the corner of West Genesee and Charlotte streets in the center of the village of Baldwinsville. Something new this year is the "Bethlehem Marketplace," which will feature shops, street vendors and visits from the travelers who are reporting for the mandated census.

Those familiar with the Christmas story from the gospels of Matthew and Luke, as well as those who may be seeing and hearing about it for the first time, are all welcome.

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