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The Bellevue Festival of the Nativities: A Cultural Celebration of Christ

Nov 30- Dec 3, Dec 7-9 @ 12-9pm

African nativities made out of pop cans or bullet shells, a re-creation of the inn at Bethlehem, artwork depicting the life of Christ, and live music performances indoors, all free to the public.

The Bellevue Festival of Nativities invites the Seattle community to celebrate the birth of Christ with one of the largest displays of nativities from around the world:

  • Over 550 crèche displays from more than 50 countries
  • Over 60 live music performances including a Messiah Sing Along
  • A “Life of Christ Room,” and children’s activities.

Donations of nonperishable food items will also be accepted to support the King County Emergency Feeding Program.

The extensive collection of nativities crafted from nearly every material and country imaginable create a complete ambience of Christmas. “The difference is in the details,” Co-Director Cressida Stapley says. Details include:

  • Over 144 lit Christmas trees
  • A life-size Bethlehem set
  • Lighting to recreate a night sky on the chapel wall with stars that move,
  • An eagle scout project of a fountain with the Savior’s face etched in glass.

Popular every year is the “Life of Christ Room.” There, visitors experience a variety of art displays depicting the life of Jesus Christ from His birth and ministry to His death and resurrection.

Handel’s Messiah, a tradition of performance in Bellevue for over 50 years, invites an audience to sing along on December 2nd at 7pm, accompanied by a choir and full orchestra. Renowned local conductor, Alexei Girsh, will conduct. Live musical concerts from a variety of genres and denominations will perform each evening.

The Festival of the Nativities draws on hundreds of volunteers including artists, decorators, musicians, and electricians. Children also contribute to the displays.

Musician and father Dave Crosby explains why participating in the Festival of the Nativities is a family tradition every year: “We’re Christians. The Nativity is just a good reminder of what Christmas is all about...So when you go in there and see all the different ways that Christ is portrayed, it makes you think of all the different ways Christ is portrayed in your own life, the different ways He shows up in your life.”

The Festival of the Nativities welcomes all to enjoy this unique celebration. See BellevueNativity.com for more information.