Just Add Kids-Live Nativity & other Christmas events


From Just Add Kids-The holidays are a time for celebration! There are many opportunities for kids and families to reflect on the Christian reason for the seasonthe birth of Jesus.

Like our two previous directories, Finding Santaand Holiday Tour of Lights,Just Add Kids has put together Finding Jesus, a guide to the areas live Nativity and other Christian events, which is sponsored by Racine St. Catherines.

Streets of Bethlehem
Country Springs Hotel: 2810 Golf Road, Waukesha
December 4 -January 2, Monday-Thursday 5 -9pm; Fridays, Saturdays & Holidays 5 -10pm.
Nestled in the heart of Southeastern Wisconsin is a holiday destination steeped in festive tradition. Each year, the Country Springs Hotel is transformed into a winter wonderland called Country Christmas. Admission to Wisconsins largest drive through Christmas lights display includes a trip through the Country Christmas Trail and entrance to two buildings located at the end of the trail, Christmas Village and The Streets of Bethlehem. Located at the end of the drive-through trail, guests can get out of their vehicle and walk through The Streets of Bethlehem. This building is home to a collection of nearly life-sized Fontanini nativity characters, a replica of the one found at the Vatican. This very serene area of the event cuts to the heart of what Christmas is all about and leaves visitors in awe every year. $15 per car-load or minivan. For more information: (262)547-0201.

Walk Through Bethlehem
Southside Church: 4321 County Road A, Sheboygan
Friday, December 4 and 5, 6pm -8pm
Experience an interactive Walk Through Bethlehem! A live-action journey back in time to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Live animals, free refreshments, activities for children, costumed actors. An experience the whole family will enjoy. Free admission. For more information: (920)458-7075.

La Salette Shrine Holiday Lights
10330 336th Avenue, Twin Lakes
December 1, 2015 to January 1, 2016 5 -9pm (weekends only)
Countless colorful miniature lights are turned on. Come on weekends and walk the grounds to view the biblical displays and Christmas alphabet. Please keep in mind the weather conditions because the displays are outdoors. Come and experience for yourself that quiet feeling of peace that the Shrine and grounds provide. Let this season bring you and your family peace. FREE admission, all donations are greatly appreciated. For more information call (262)877-3373 (ext 149) on most afternoons or call automated schedule information any time at (262)877-3373 (ext 151).

Bethlehems Christmas Carol
Oak Creek Assembly of God: 7311 South 13th Street, Oak Creek
December 4-6 and 11-13; Friday, 7pm, Saturday, 2pm, Sunday, 5pm
Come join us for a trip back in time via this delightful dramatic musical. Take the greatest story ever told, the birth of Jesus, and blend it with that timeless Christmas classic, Scrooge, and you have the makings of a wonderful, thought provoking evening ahead of you. Experience Scrooge as you have never seen before. See the first Christmas night through the eyes of Jacob Ebenezer and watch as this hard-hearted Inn Keeper softens when confronted with the presence of an innocent baby in his stable. But this is no ordinary baby for this baby will change, not only Jacob, but the entire world. Tickets are FREE and childcare for children 4 and under will be provided for FREE. http://tickets.oakcreekag.org/ . For more information call: (414)762-2010.

Christmas for Kids
Good Shepard Evangelical Church: 1337 South 100th Street, West Allis
Sunday, December 6, 2 -4pm
Children and their families have a wonderful time. Participants learn about Jesus and his love for us all. ??FREE & INDOORS (registration recommended). A mother commented on her registration: Excellent program, my daughter looks forward to this & enjoys it every year. I am so glad that I can join her in this event.
Family Fair Format (Children ages 2-13 are welcome with an adult)
2:00 -4:00pm: Face painting, cookie decorating, crafts, snacks, refreshments
2:30, 3:00, 3:30pm: Living Nativity show times
2:30pm -4:00pm: Talk with Mary, Joseph, and the angels after each show
For more information: (414)774-1184.

Black Nativity
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall: 929 N Water Street, Milwaukee
Thursday, December 10- Saturday, December 12, 7:30pm: Sunday, December 13, 2pm
The telling the story of the Nativity through a combination of African American scripture, poetry, dance and song. Traditional Christmas carols are sung in gospel style, with a few songs created specifically for the show. Tickets: $35 and up.

Living Nativity
Oak Vue Farm: 14700 104th Street, Bristol
Friday, December 11, 6:30pm and 7:45pm
Saturday, December 12, 2, 3:30pm and 6:30pm
The nativity started out as a project of the Gillmore family and a few friends and neighbors. But as the years passed, more people have experienced the Nativity and wanted to help out as well. Besides the people portraying the various characters in the story, live animals are used. There also is a choir that accompanies the scenes with music and song. Performance is approximately 30 minutes, and spectators see the scene inside the barn, so the performance goes on regardless of weather. There is no admission charge. This year, there will be a barrel for nonperishable foods and supplies for the new homeless shelter in Kenosha. Afterwards, enjoy free cookies and refreshments. For more information: (262)206-0566.

Live Nativity
Lutheran Chapel of the Cross, 1426 N. Fancher Road, Mount Pleasant
Friday, December 11, 6:30pm and 7:30pm; Saturday, December 12, 4:30pm and 6:30pm
A live Nativity scene in the churchs outdoor pavilion. Silent actors, narrative reading, with live animals. Cookies and cocoa served after performances. The Saturday, 4:30 performance, will be an all children cast.

Christmas Coffee House (feat. Christmas Nativity Dress Up Booth)
Union Grove United Methodist Church, 906 12th Avenue, Union Grove
Saturday, December 12, 6pm
Christmas Music from local talent; free hot dogs, coffee, beverages and popcorn; childrens activities; cookie decorating; ginger bread house making; crafts and a Christmas Nativity dress up booth; holiday gifts including handmade quilts; gift baskets; homemade bakery. Babysitting available. Proceeds support the churchs holiday Adopt a Family program.

3rd Annual Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long
St. Matthews Episcopal Church: 5900 7th Avenue, Kenosha
Saturday, December 12, 6:30pm
Featuring Kenosha Chamber Choir. Free and open to the public.

Choral Arts Society: Lessons and Carols
The Siena Center Chapel: 5635 Erie Street, Racine
Saturday, December 12, 7pm
Hear the wondrous Christmas story told through timeless readings and meaningful carols. These lovely performances will take place in two stunning, spiritual settings. Youre warmly invited to join with us in this history, as you listen, sing along, and then share cookies and conversation. Tickets: $15 Adults, $12 Seniors, $5 Students.

JOY: The Christmas Tour with Steven Curtis Chapman
RiverGlen Christian Church, S31 W30601 Sunset Drive, Waukesha
December 12, 7-10pm
Award-winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman with special guest Jillian Edwards. The concert will happen following the 5pm Saturday night service and will include the option of a VIP ticket to meet the artist and be seated early for an up-charge!Tickets $25 in advance, $28 at the door.

Bel Canto Chorus Christmas at the Basilica
The Basilica of St. Josaphat: South 6th St. & West Lincoln Avenue, Milwaukee
Saturday, December 12, 7:30pm; Sunday, December 13, 3pm & 6:30pm
Concert featuring Stained Glass Brass and Bel Canto Boy Choir. Immerse yourself in the beauty and joy of the season as Bel Canto offers Christmas at the Basilica, one of Milwaukees most inspiring traditions. Familiar carols, soaring hymns, and music that will put you in the holiday spirit are all a part of this festive concert for all ages. Tickets: $16 and up.

Live Nativity at Holy Hill
Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians: 1524 Carmel Road, Hubertus
Sunday, December 13, 2 -4pm
Come and hear the story of the birth of Jesus at our outdoor live Nativity scene, complete with the Holy Family, shepherds, wise men and live animals. (weather permitting) For more information: (262)628-1838.

Christmas in the Grove Concert including audience Sing-A-Long
Union Grove Congregational Church: 1106 11th Avenue, Union Grove
Thursday, December 17, 7:30pm
A popular, annual holiday concert featuring performances by mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Schauf Tyler and concert pianist Dr. Luke Tyler. Event is free and open to the community, with seating available on a first-come basis.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus presents Handels Messiah
The Basilica of St. Josaphat: South 6th St. & West Lincoln Avenue, Milwaukee
Thursday, December 17, 7:30pm; Friday, December 18, 7:30pm; Sunday December 20, 4pm (sold out)
Handels glorious Messiah returns. Experience some of the most beautiful sacred music ever written with conductor Paul Goodwin, our world class musicians, the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus and acclaimed guest soloists. Tickets: $50

Early Music Now: Anonymous 4 The Last Noel
The Basilica of St. Josaphat: South 6th St. & West Lincoln Avenue, Milwaukee
Saturday, December 19, 7:30pm
Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble, a Capella singing, the four women of Anonymous 4?presents an anthology of their most loved songs of Christmas and other ancient prophecies and miraculous events. Rejoicing, lamenting, or recounting a timeless wonder. Tickets: $29 Adults/Seniors, $10 Students.

11th Annual Community Messiah Sing-A-Long
First United Methodist Church: 919 60th Street, Kenosha
Sunday, December 20, 6pm
Enjoy the glittering lights, candles and Handels glorious music. Bring your own score, or well provide one. This will be a highlight of your holiday season! Free admission.

Live Nativity
1st Church of Christ, 1650 Lathrop, Racine
Tuesday, December 22, 7 – 9pm & Wednesday, December 23, 7 – 9pm
First Church of Christ has ?presented a live nativity every year since 1957. Live animals, costumed characters and a recording of the Christmas story will be presented. Hot cocoa, cider and treats will be served in the church hall. For more information: (262)634-1463

Christmas in the Barn
Squire Farm: 26715 Church Rd, Burlington (Town of Dover)
(If using GPS to find the farm, use Burlington for the destination)
Christmas Eve, December 24, 5 – 8:30pm (services are every 30 minutes)
English Settlement United Methodist Church families and friends present a live Nativity on Christmas Eve. The public is invited to attend this free event, located at Squire farm. Members of English Settlement United Methodist Church play angels, shepherds, wise men, and innkeepers. The audience sits on straw bales as Scripture is read and joins in singing Christmas Carols. ?Hot cocoa, coffee, and Christmas cookies are served. There is no admission fee or any offering taken for the program. For more information:?(262)534-6592 or (262)534-6593

If you are hosting, or know of a live Nativity or other Christian Christmas (kid-friendly, family-oriented) event that is not listed above, please send us all of the details including: name of the event, date(s), times, description including family-friendly aspect along with contact info (name, phone, email, website).
Email: silva.justaddkids@gmail.com
Subject: Finding Jesus Event


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