Where to Find a Live Nativity Scene in Cincinnati

Camels and donkeys and lambs – oh my! Cincinnati has a number of live nativity scenes that will be open throughout the Christmas season.

It’s a wonderful time to make this one of your new Christmas traditions!

Live Nativity in Cincinnati

Some of the live Nativities include performances that bring the manger to life (see Live Nativity Scenes Around Cincinnati) and some include a manger set with live animals (see Manger Scenes). We’ve even included a list of Nativity Scenes you can find as part of a Major Attraction.

Do you know of a nativity scene I missed? Email me and let me know!

Live Nativity Scenes Around Cincinnati (by date):

Live Nativity at Mt. Washington Baptist Church
When: November 24, 5-8pm
Where: 2021 Sutton Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45230
Cost: free
This annual outdoor Live Nativity will be on the front lawn of the church. This year’s event will coincide with the Mt. Washington Holiday Walk on Saturday, November 24th. Due to popular demand, they will again have a camel among the animals. {details}

Annual Living Nativity at Loveland United Methodist Church
When: Nov. 30 (6-9pm), Dec. 1 (6-9pm), and Dec. 2 (4-7pm)
Where: 10975 South Lebanon Rd., Loveland, Ohio 
Cost: free
A guided outdoor walk through Bethlehem {details}

Live Nativity at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
When: Dec. 8, 5-8pm
Where: 11981 Pippin Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45231
Cost: free
Live animals, delicious food, and games for the kids. {details}

Drive Thru Live Nativity at First Baptist Church
When: Dec. 13, 2018; 7pm
Where: 1034 Old State Route 74, Batavia, Ohio 45103
Cost: free
Their FREE drive thru displays the real reason for the season with live animals, music, and scenes from the story of Jesus. {details}

The Comboni Nativity Experience
When: December 14-30, 2018; 6-9pm
Where: 1318 Nagel Road, Cincinnati, OH 45255
Cost: free; donations for area food banks gratefully accepted.
Watch the animated Nativity, do some Christmas shopping in the Mission Market and Christmas Boutique, tour the Mission Museum, and view Nativity Displays from around the world.  {details}

Family Christmas Night and Live Nativity at Freedom Church Cincinnati
When: Dec. 15, 2018; 6-9pm
Where: 3755 Cornell Road, Sharonville, Ohio 45241
Cost: free
Live Nativity (complete with a camel), pictures with Santa, activities & crafts for the kids, Christmas cookies, hot chocolate, and more! {details}

Live Nativity at St. Paul Lutheran Church
When: Dec. 15, 4:30-6:30pm
Where: 106 Maple Street, Reading, Ohio 45215
Commemorates Jesus’ birth with live animals and actors. Cookies and hot chocolate, all your favorite Christmas carols, giveaways, kids’ crafts, and petting zoo animals. {details} 

Manger Scenes (with live animals):

A Franciscan Christmas
When: Nov. 25, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019; 1-7pm daily
Where: 1615 Liberty Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Cost: free; donations are welcome for the support of St. Francis Seraph Church and School
Enter the courtyard of St. Francis Seraph Church (on the corner of Liberty and Vine) to meditate on the Holy Family or pet the goats, sheep, and donkeys in this Live Nativity. {details}

Paul Young Funeral Home’s Nativity is Celebrating 70 Years
When: December 15, 2018 to January 1, 2019
Where: 7345 Hamilton Avenue, Mt. Healthy, OH 45231 and 
3950 Pleasant Avenue, Hamilton, OH 45015
Cost: free
Created by founder Paul Young, Sr., this Cincinnati tradition is celebrating its 70th year in Mt. Healthy and nearly 40 years at the Hamilton location. {details} Also – see our article on Paul Young’s Nativity here  

Live Nativity Scenes as Part of an Attraction

Don’t Miss the Manger Scene at The Cincinnati Zoo
When: part of the PNC Festival of Lights; Nov. 17, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019
Where: The Cincinnati Zoo
Cost: varies
{details} Also – see our article on the Festival of Lights here

Christmas Town at the Creation Museum
When:Nov. 23-30, 2018 (closed Christmas Eve and Day)
Where:  2800 Bullittsburg Church Rd., Petersburg, KY 41080
Cost: Admission is free to ChristmasTown at the Museum after 5:00 pm. Separate from their regular daily admission, this event is free of charge and open to the public. (Does not include museum exhibit entry, parking fee of $5, food, retail items, zip lines, museum shows, or camel rides.)
Step back in time as you view a realistic recreation of the events surrounding the night of our Savior’s birth. Reflect on the true meaning of Christmas as you watch Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus. {details}

Looking for more Christmas fun? Check out our Christmas and Holiday Things to Do in Cincinati Guide!

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  • Night in Bethlehem at Crestview Presbyterian Church in West Chester has a live Nativity Sat. 12/8 and Sun. 12/9 5:30P-8:00P. Also a visit through the town of Bethlehem with activities and food. FREE

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