Nativity Display and Concert:
The Rockford community Display and Concert is a yearly family event on Friday and Saturdays during the first weekend in December. Over 500 Nativities are beautifully posed amidst a backdrop of Christmas trees, twinkling lights and Christmas music performed live by area musicians.
The event is open to the public free of charge from 5-9pm on Friday Dec. 2nd, and from 3 to 8 pm on Saturday Dec. 3rd.
Things To Do:
- View breathtaking displays: Traditional, Children's, International and White and Gold Nativities can be viewed in 4 separate areas.
- Sit, relax and listen to area musicians perform each for 30 minutes in a variety of genres in the chapel area.
- Child Friendly activities:
- A "children's expedition" booklet with photographs of nativities to find. Use the booklet to find specific scenes on display in each display room to 'check' them off. Nativity stickers are available in room to enable each child to create their own sticker nativity in their booklet.
- A Storyteller: Gather around in a homey room to listen to stories filled with Christmas good cheer
- Craft: Each child may create something to take home with them as a souvenir of the evening.
- Nativity Dress-up: Children may try on costumes of Wise men, Shepherds, Mary and Joseph and pose in a stable holding a baby doll as parents take as many pictures as they desire.
Other noteworthy activities:
- View an 8 minute live musical vignette as Joseph processes the announcement that Mary is with child as the Angel Gabriel reassures him that it is "of God" and that he should take Mary unto himself.
- View an 8 minute live musical vignette portraying the angelic announcement and the shepherds in the stable in awe of the baby Jesus they find there.
- Spend time in the Family History center talking with knowledgeable assistants to familiarize yourself with what is available for you to unlock your own personal family history in a return visit.
- Relax in the Hospitality Room with cookies and a beverage.
- The performances can be heard throughout the building and viewed on a screen in the Hospitality Room as well as in the chapel area.