PUNXSUTAWNEY — Under the bright December stars, the experience of a Savior’s arrival will soon unfold at the outskirts of Punxsutawney. For the first time, the First Church of God of Punxsutawney (23 Skyview Drive) will present an outdoor Living Nativity featuring the characters and settings of ancient Bethlehem. The event is slated for Friday and Saturday night, Dec. 8 and 9, from 6-8 p.m. each night. Admission will be free of charge.

“We have a fantastic legacy as a church who has offered our community great Christmas gifts of worship and spectacle in the past,” said Associate Pastor Bill Young. “For decades, people have flocked here to experience the joy and marvel of the Christmas story. And as both our church and town have changed in recent years, we found ourselves desiring to offer yet another great gift to our community and region this Christmas season. The Living Nativity will be exactly that – a way for people to come and walk through ancient Bethlehem, be greeted by traveling wise men, mingle with amazed and overjoyed shepherds and encounter the characters, sights and sounds of ancient Bethlehem; ultimately the humble manger where Jesus the Savior was born.”

Those who come will be able to walk through a handicap-accessible outdoor setting of Bethlehem, complete with Roman guards, angels, Bethlehem shops and other fun additions. Warming barrels and S’mores outside, a petting zoo, sheep and camel from Living Treasures Wild Animal Park of Morraine, Pa., and an interior Inn offering warm hospitality, hot chocolate and snacks will round out the evenings’ amenities.

“It’s our hope that people from all around the area can come and experience first-hand the amazement and joy of that very first Christmas, just as if they were there when it happened,” said Pastor Young. “We want to give our neighbors near and far the great gift of discovering for themselves the miracle of God’s love found in the Christmas Story.”

No tickets nor reservations are necessary for the event. Guests may come and go as they please. More information can be provided at the church office by dialing 814-938-6670.

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