Plan now to begin your Christmas celebrations by visiting Union United Methodist Church’s free annual drive-through nativity, The Living Christmas Story.

The free pageant will be held December 6 – 8, from 6:30 – 9 pm each night. It includes live animals, 200 cast members, authentic costumes, and handcrafted scenery.

From the comfort of a vehicle, experience the sights and sounds of life as it might have been in the town of Bethlehem more than 2000 years ago, including the synagogue, the market, the village well, and people searching for a room while Roman soldiers stand guard. You will ride through 18 traditional scenes from the Bible such as Gabriel’s visit to Mary, the angels’ message to the shepherds, the Wise Men’s visit with King Herod, and the stable where the Christ child was born.

Visitors in cars and other vehicles are directed down the road to Bethlehem after turning onto the church grounds. Church vans and institutional vehicles are given priority in line and should park in the lot on St. Andrews Road across from the church to be directed to the entrance to the church grounds. Visitors to Bethlehem can also choose to park their vehicle across the street from the church near the shopping center sign and ride one of the church vans which will make regular trips through The Living Christmas Story before bringing passengers back to their cars.

Over the past 25 years, more than 145,000 people have attended and enjoyed The Living Christmas Story at Union United Methodist Church in Irmo.