By Bobinec, Greg on December 9, 2019.
A big part of holiday decor in many homes in southern Alberta is a nativity display, depicting the biblical story of the birth of Jesus.
Southern Alberta residents are invited to view more than 500 nativity displays, beginning Thursday, as the annual Festival Of Nativities opens its doors for its annual display and community concert series. Each year, residents loan their personal nativity scenes to the festival, and volunteers spend countless hours preparing and decorating the spaces to display them.
A centuries-old tradition, nativities range in size and complexity, and vary from modest to elaborate construction, and the Lethbridge Festival of Nativities display as many as they can. Admission is free and the event runs Thursday to Sunday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel, next to the Enmax Centre, 2410 28 St. S.
The display schedule is from 1-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 2-8 p.m. on Sunday. The concert series starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with early afternoon shows Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. For more information on the Lethbridge Festival of Nativities, visit their Facebook page.