The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is inviting the community to experience live music and a live nativity scene at its first “Oh Holy Night: A Living Nativity” this Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The church building, at 2955 E. Frye Road, will be open to the community on Dec. 7. A live nativity set to music, complete with live animals and a live week-old baby boy playing the part of Jesus, will be outside of the church. Inside, choirs from local schools will perform holiday music.

Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School Honors Choir, directed by Albert Lee, will perform from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Kyrene Altadeña Middle School’s choir, directed by Linda Potts, will perform from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Desert Vista High School’s Jazz Madrigal Choir, under the direction of Andrew De Valk, will perform until 8 p.m. After 8 p.m. the crowd will be led singing Christmas carols.

There will also be complimentary refreshments. The event is an open house meant for people to come and go. There is no cost to attend.

“Every year we typically do a holiday program, but this year we just decided to change it up,” said Lindsey Worthen, a volunteer for the church. “These choirs are amazing. They are so fantastic and we thought it would be so fun to get them together. There aren’t many events where they all come together.”

The choirs will perform festive music from around the world.

This is the first year the church has organized an event like this, but it’s something Worthen said they already plan to do again in the future.

“We would like this to be a new tradition,” she said. “We don’t want it to be our program, but just a community program. We thought it would be a great thing for the community. That the community would enjoy coming to just enjoy the feeling of the season.”

Parking will be on the west side of the building. The nativity will take place on the east side. Parking attendants will assist in locating additional parking.

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