“Unto Us A Son is Given,” the 14th annual Historic Kirtland Nativity Exhibit featuring more than 600 lovingly loaned nativity scenes, 100,000 outdoor lights, and sacred Christmas music, will open on November 27th at the Historic Kirtland Visitors’ Center, 7800 Kirtland Chardon Road, Kirtland, OH. The exhibit has been recognized by the American Bus Association as one of the “Top 100 Events in North America.”
Among hundreds of nativities loaned by area residents are representations from more than 30 countries – depicting how cultures around the globe celebrate Christmas. A miniature nativity exhibit features examples of primitive art and incredibly detailed paintings and carvings. There is also an exhibit of antique foreign and hand-made Christmas cards and an international Nativity stamp collection.
In addition, the exhibit will feature an 8-foot long sculpture of the Holy Family by world-reknowned sculptor and artist Norbert Kohen of South Euclid.
The collection occupies the entire Visitor’s Center of the restored Western Reserve era village, and the one-room school house next door.
Of special interest to families and young children is The Children’s Room – where the youngest visitors can enjoy child-friendly nativities, dress up in costume and join a child-sized nativity scene for a photo, and play an “I Spy” seek and find activity.
The exhibit is presented annually by the Kirtland Ohio Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and by the Historic Kirtland Visitors' Center.
The Historic Kirtland Nativity Exhibit is truly a unique and uplifting experience for children and adults. We hope that you will enjoy with us the spirit of Christmas as we commemorate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Make the Historic Kirtland Nativity Exhibit a part of your family's Christmas traditions!
A number of live musical performances from local groups will highlight the exhibit. We hope you will join us to celebrate the season through these special events!
All performances start at 7:00 pm.
Friday, November 27 - Exhibit Opening and Lighting Ceremony
Join us at 7:00 pm for free hot cocoa and a carol sing-along as we welcome special community guests to open the exhibit and "flip the switch" for the 100,000 colorful outdoor lights that will decorate the historic village.
The nativity exhibit is presented annually by volunteers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints of the Kirtland, Ohio Stake. The LDS Church has more than 14 million members worldwide in 167 different countries. To learn more about its members, their beliefs, and their efforts to live Christ-centered lives, please visit Mormon.org.