Our History

Forty-five years ago, Marion Avenue Baptist Church put together the very first Live Animal Christmas Play. What started out as a simple production has turned into a Christmas event that inspires thousands each year. People from all over the Midwest have made the Live Animal Christmas Play a family Christmas tradition.

Taking place in the church auditorium, the play features a series of theatrical scenes bringing to life the Christmas story. The journey will take you from a market place in Nazareth to the Bethlehem manger where Jesus was born. You will be inspired as you watch the angel appear to the shepherds bringing them “good tidings of great joy.”

A vast array of animals are also included throughout the play. From Mary riding a donkey down the center aisle to a wiseman entering in on a full-sized camel, you will experience the Bible times come to life all around you. Enjoy the music of Christmas all throughout the play as the actors sing heart-warming songs of the season.

An Extended Look

Take a moment to glimpse the variety of scenes you will be able to enjoy when you attend the Live Animal Christmas Play. It is our desire that your heart will be overflowing with “good tidings of great joy” by the end of the show!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Important Information

  • A well-staffed nursery and our restroom facilities are located downstairs.
  • For your safety, please remain seated throughout the play, except in case of emergency.
  • We ask that you turn off or silence any cell phones/pagers so that others may fully enjoy the play.
  • Fog effects will be used throughout this production. They have been theatrically tested and proven to be harmless. However, if you are sensitive to these elements, feel free to move closer to the back.