A Guide to Live Nativity Scenes Around Indianapolis

Many churches are hosting living live nativity scenes around Indy where the Christmas story is portrayed with actors and animals in an outdoor setting. Check out some of these spots around town where your family can experience a live nativity scene. 
St Mark’s United Methodist Church
Photo Credit: St. Mark's United Methodist Church
Photo Credit: St. Mark’s United Methodist Church

St. Mark’s will be hosting their Holy Walk Through Bethlehem with guided tours this Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3 from 6:00 – 9:00pm. There is no cost, but they are accepting donations of canned foods for a local food pantry. Monetary donations are also being accepted; with proceeds being used to benefit the many different missions that St. Mark’s supports.

Be advised, this is a popular event and often will have a wait time. Guests remain inside of the church until it is time for their guided tour to begin. While you are there, be sure to try some of the delicious baked goods. Because the live nativity itself does take place outside, you will want to dress appropriately.

Address: 4780 E. 126th St, Carmel

Castleton United Methodist Church
Photo Credit: Castleton United Methodist Church
Photo Credit: Castleton United Methodist Church

Take the journey through Bethlehem at Castleton United Methodist Church this Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. After you are finished, be sure to head back into the church for yummy refreshments. Be sure to dress appropriately as the event does take place outdoors.

Address: 7160 Shadeland Station, Indianapolis

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St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

At St. Luke’s you will not be walking through a live nativity, but instead will have the pleasure of watching a live nativity performance (complete with live animals) unfold before your eyes. This musical story of the birth of Jesus takes place in the Sanctuary on December 10 with performances at 2:00pm and 4:00pm.

Address:100 W. 86th St, Indianapolis

First Baptist Church of Greenwood

The First Baptist Church of Greenwood drive-through nativity is on December 22 from 5:30 to 7:30pm with a rain/snow date of December 23 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  Stay in your car and drive through this live nativity scene, complete with live animals.

Address: 99 West Main Street, Greenwood

Christkindl Village 


Celebrate this holiday season at the Christkindl Village (“Christ Child” Village) and experience a traditional German Christmas Market hosted by St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. This event offers many attractions for all ages, including a live animal nativity. The event is held outdoors, so be sure to dress appropriately.

Location: 126 West Georgia Street, Indianapolis

To make all of this even more awesome (which is hard to believe that is even possible!) – all of the above mentioned live nativity experiences are FREE to guests. 

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