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!

Manger Scenes (with live animals):

A Franciscan Christmas
When: Nov. 27 – Jan. 1
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 see the Holy Family, goats, sheep, and donkeys in this Live Nativity. {details}

Paul Young Funeral Home’s Nativity is Celebrating 70+ Years
When: December 12, 2020 – ?
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}

Crib of the Nativity
When: the dedication (virtual this year) is on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020; should be open after that
Where: Eden Park, adjacent to the Krohn Conservatory
1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Cost: free
Greater Cincinnati is treated to a beautiful and meaningful Christmas tradition which began in 1939 in Lytle Park in downtown Cincinnati. During World War II, the Nativity display was moved to Union Terminal as a source of inspiration to the troops and their families. The display moved to its current location, adjacent to the Krohn Conservatory, in 1967. Since its opening, it is estimated that the Crib of the Nativity has delighted nearly 3 million visitors. With its hand-hewn beams and thatched roof, the créche is a representation of the first Christmas. Live animals grace the grounds, while life-size waxen figures in handmade garments add a measure of realism to this depiction of the birth of Jesus. The Biedenharn family of Crittenden, Kentucky, has built the Nativity scene every year since 1954.

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. 21, 2020 – January, 2021
Where: The Cincinnati Zoo
Cost: varies
{details} Also – see our article on the Festival of Lights here

Christmas Town at the Creation Museum
When: Wednesday through Sunday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. (ET) from November 27 through December 20, 2020. Every evening beginning at 5 p.m. from December 21–30, closed Christmas Eve and Christmas 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 $10, 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}

Live Nativity Scenes Around Cincinnati (by date):

The Comboni Nativity Experience
When: every weekend in Dec., 2020, 6-8pm | Christmas Eve 4-6pm | closed Christmas Day
Where: 1318 Nagel Road, Cincinnati, OH 45255
Cost: free; donations for area food banks gratefully accepted.
Your visit will start with the Mission Museum, followed by Cribs from Around the World, and ending with the Animated Nativity. Masks required.  {details}

Annual Living Nativity at Loveland United Methodist Church, a Drive Thru Experience for 2020
When: Dec. 4-6, 2020; 6-9pm on Fri. and Sat., 4-7pm on Sunday
Where: 10975 South Lebanon Rd., Loveland, Ohio 
Cost: free
Loveland United Methodist Church invites you to experience a guided outdoor walk through Bethlehem at their 18th Annual Living Nativity! {details}

Live Nativity at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
When: December 12, 2020, 6:30-9pm
Where: 11981 Pippin Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45231
Cost: free
Live animals, delicious food, and games for the kids. {details}

Live Nativity at Eden Chapel in Sayler Park
When: December 24, 2020, 2-4pm
Where: 150 Dahlia Ave Sayler Park 45233.
Cost: free
They are also having a Candlelight service beginning at 5:00. All are welcomed and invited. {details}

The Following Events (from previous years) are TBD in 2020

Live Nativity at St. Paul Lutheran Church
When: ???
Where: 106 Maple Street, Reading, Ohio 45215
Enjoy live actors and pettable animals, cookies and cocoa, kids’ crafts, a bonfire, and all your favorite Christmas carols! . {details

Night of the Nativities at Friendship Baptist Church
When: ???
Friendship Baptist Church will be hosting a live Nativity scene. Come inside afterwards and warm yourself up with a cup of hot cocoa or munch on some cookies! While you’re here, you can peruse our collection of Nativity sets from around the world while listening to strolling carolers.

Family Christmas Night and Live Nativity at Freedom Church Cincinnati
When: ???
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}

Christmas in Cincinnati

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

2 thoughts on “Where to Find a Live Nativity Scene in Cincinnati”

  1. 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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