Updated in 2018: We have updated this 2011 post to include the 2018 event information. Pictures are not from 2018 (we hope to update them soon).
It might sound strange to you – I’m recommending you go to a funeral home to see a Live Nativity?! Yes, I’m doing exactly that. Read on to learn why you need to add the Live Nativity at Paul Young Funeral Home to your list of Cincinnati Christmas traditions.
This live nativity has been around for years. The animals are all live and surround a very nice nativity scene (not live).
It actually started back in the 1940’s when Paul Young, Sr. started creating the figures of wax. The Paul Young website has some interesting information regarding the history of the display. Here’s just a bit of the info: “All of the figures in the display were originally sculpted in clay of people in our town. A piece mold is made from the original clay figure. The hot wax is then poured into the plaster of paris mold. The wax is inch thick when finished. A little color is added to the finished figure t o give the necessary highlights.”
The nativity features lots of live animals. They had a pen with lots of sheep and goats as well as two gorgeous donkeys. Yes, even the donkeys are beautiful. The entire scene is very well tended, animals included.
The goats and sheep have a few babies thrown into the mix and they are ADORABLE. The babies look like sheep but hop like goats… so while I believe they’re sheep I really can’t tell you which animal they are. I do know they are the cutest things ever!
This exhibit is completely free and is open all day. Parking is available in the Funeral Home’s lot right next to the display.
Paul Young Funeral Home is located at 7345 Hamilton Avenue in Mt. Healthy.
The Nativity will open for the season on December 15, 2018 (starting at 4pm) and will end January 1, 2019. The Nativity is one display all day.