A new Christmas tradition for #fremontfamilies
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The annual trek in search of the perfect Christmas tree, game night with the cousins, or putting out cookies and milk for Santa. Often it’s these family traditions that help keep the Christmas spirit alive within us as we grow older. Now with children of our own, we get to pass on or begin our own traditions in the hopes that they will be cherished and passed down for generations.
In recent years, we’ve been witnessing a beautiful tradition gaining popularity in our community: the Fremont County Nativity Celebration.
The Nativity Celebration is a non-denominational community event held at the LDS church on Elizabeth Drive in Riverton. In its third year now, the annual 3-day event is absolutely stunning for adults and fun for kids. Oh and it’s completely free!
We had to go check it out for ourselves, and quite honestly, we were super impressed. Walking in, youth volunteers held the doors open and an organizer pointed the way to all the different activities.
First thing, we got our four kiddos squared away with a fun kids’ scavenger hunt. This freed us parents up to enjoy and take in the beauty of the hundreds of nativity sets. All the while, the littles were having a blast finding specific pieces and crossing them off their list. Brilliant!
Live music filled the air the entire time. A violin/piano duet, a children’s choir from a local school and we were especially impressed by their solo singer. Dozens of performers are scheduled every 30 minutes throughout the three days. The musical atmosphere and decor set the tone for an upbeat and heart-felt evening.
Around the corner we found a photo studio complete with Bethlehem scene and costumes. Families dressed up in character and took a family picture with the Baby Jesus….or four crazy lambs and Joseph with a twitchy eye. Ha!
Down the hall we found other displays and then our favorite space…the Children’s Room. Set up like a Bethlehem market, with tents and booths, the kids were enthralled with carpenter toys, a puppet show booth, dress up clothes and more. Aaand of course another room was filled with homemade baked goods and candies.
Julie Peterson, our tour guide, said that hundreds of volunteers are involved in making the event a success. The initial idea was hatched by two ladies, Amy Phister and Joanne Shane, from there the project grew into a major community event, one every #fremontfamily can appreciate.
There are two more days left to try out this beautiful spectacle! Head over to 430 Elizabeth Drive in Riverton:
Friday, December 1, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, December 2, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm