Nativity Celebration ~
Community Nativity Exhibit
and Music Program
Come celebrate the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ and remember the miracle of the first Christmas.
The first weekend of December each year, community members bring their nativity sets created by artists from around the world to the exhibit. Local choirs and instrumental groups perform Christmas music and provide a wonderful atmosphere for this joyful celebration. Let us come together as friends and neighbors as we each remember the reason for the Christmas Season - God's Gift to the world, His Son, Jesus Christ.
Come see the restored Armstrong-Smulekoff Nativity
The nearly life-size 12-piece white plaster nativity scene that graced the windows of Armstrong's Department Store and later of Smulekoff's Furniture over the past several decades is a Cedar Rapids treasure. It was considered lost due to damage from the 2008 flood, but after 230 hours of volunteer labor, it has been completely restored. Here is a photo and history of the restored nativity.
Admission is free
The Nativity Celebration is a non-denominational event open to everyone. We encourage guests to bring canned good items to be donated to local food banks.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
4150 Blue Jay Drive NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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|Friday||Dec. 5th||11 am to 9 pm|
|Saturday|| Dec. 6th||11 am to 7 pm|
As they perform each year, the musicians and vocalists at the Nativity Celebration represent the great talent of denominations and organizations throughout the area.
Click here to view the Music Schedule.
Family Activity Room
Our young guests will enjoy making a Christmas craft. They can also wear nativity costumes and pose for a take-home photo in a manger scene.
Would you like to submit your nativity set or artwork to be displayed at the exhibit? Would you like to volunteer to help during the Nativity? If so, please email Laure Schaerr, Nativity Coordinator, or sign up on VolunteerSpot.
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The Nativity Celebration is sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Iowa Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are grateful for the participation of individuals and groups from community organizations and other Christian denominations throughout the area.
This is not an official site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints