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Top 10 2023 Live Nativity Experiences in East TN

Immerse yourself in the spirit of the season as these carefully curated and captivating displays bring the timeless story of the Nativity to life.

Live Nativity

From elaborate sets to heartwarming performances, each of our Top 10 live nativity events promises an unforgettable journey through the cherished tale of the birth of Christ.

Join us on this festive adventure, where tradition meets innovation, and the true meaning of Christmas is beautifully illuminated in every scene. (in no particular order)

Live Nativity

Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 2023, 4-7 PM

Charles Hall Museum & Heritage Center

Tellico Plains, TN

Join Campfire Ministries at the Charles Hall Museum & Heritage Center, Saturday December 2nd from 4-7 for a free event that celebrates the birth of Jesus.

Free Hot dogs, drinks, s'mores and refreshments will be provided by area churches and Campfire Ministries!

There will be kids crafts, story times, live Christian Christmas music and a live nativity with animals.

Organizers encourage visitors to take a short walk to downtown Tellico Plains and experience a Candlelight Walk in historic Town Square!

Live Nativity

Sunday, Dec. 3rd, 2023, 3:30-5:30 PM

Madison Avenue Baptist Church

Maryville, TN

Come experience the nativity like you've never seen before!

Live actors and real animals will take you back over 2,000 years to when our Savior was born!

This is an event for the entire family!

Live Nativity

Dec. 8th - 9th, 2023, 6 - 8 PM

Mt. Zion Church

Afton, TN

Drive-thru re-telling of the First Christmas Story at Graceland Memorial Gardens

Live Nativity

Dec. 8th-9th, 2023, 6:30-9 PM

Walnut Christian Church

Johnson City, TN

On the first Christmas night, Jesus was born to bring peace, hope, joy, and a life that would eventually offer salvation to the entire world.

However, have you and your family ever experienced the entire CHRISTMAS story?

This CHRISTMAS season December 8th and 9th from 6:30 to 9:00 at Walnut Christian Church located at 2318 S Greenwood Dr in Johnson City TN you can experience the CHRISTMAS story at our live drive-thru nativity entitled “Journey Thru Bethlehem!”

Throughout this TOTALLY FREE ALL-COMMUNITY EVENT, you will be able to watch the entire Christmas story come to life from the safety of your car.

As you enjoy your “Journey Thru Bethlehem”, you and your family will experience live animals, the entire live cast of CHRISTMAS, witness the many scenes of CHRISTMAS, enjoy apple cider, hot chocolate, popcorn, and receive a small gift!

So be sure to make plans now, and begin to invite your friends and family to make new memories by experiencing the CHRISTMAS story in an all new way!

Live Nativity

Dec. 8th-9th, 2023, 6-8 PM

Island Creek Baptist Church

Madisonville, TN

From the warmth of your own vehicle, view a biblical portrayal, scene by scene, of the events that took place leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ.

You can expect to slowly drive a marked path, two to three vehicles at a time, and stop at each scene. While listening to speaker narration through your car windows, you will watch scripture coming to life.

Please note that as you top the hill, you will be directed across a gravel drive and down the other side of the hill.

You will be exiting the same point of entrance, and traffic will be directed as quickly as possible. Thanks in advance for your patience.

Live Nativity

December 8th-9th, 2023, 6-8 PM

Smithville First Free Will Baptist Church

Over 40 cast members, and dozens of live animals!

Live Nativity

Saturday, Dec. 9th, 2023, 3 PM

Sunday, Dec. 10th, 2023, 3 PM

Monday, Dec. 11th, 2023, 7 PM

Knoxville Civic Coliseum

The one-hour free performance starts in darkness; please arrive early to avoid searching for seats in the dark.

Live Nativity

Friday, Dec. 15th, 2023, 6-8 PM

Chattanooga Valley Church of the Nazarene

Visit the Live Nativity at Chattanooga Valley Church of Nazarene in Flintstone on Friday, December 15, 6-8pm.

Enjoy the animals, costumed characters, scenes from the Bible, a handbell choir, and hot chocolate & cookies all from the comfort of your vehicle.

Live Nativity

Dec. 16th - 17th, 2023, 6-8:30 PM

Hickory Valley Christian Church

Chattanooga, TN

Experience the magic of Bethlehem like never before!

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the ancient city. Witness live reenactments of the nativity scene, complete with shepherds, wise men, and baby Jesus.

Explore the bustling marketplace filled with artisans and merchants.

Go inside and enjoy music, crafts and cookies. Don't miss this unforgettable journey back in time to the birthplace of Jesus.

Saturday Dec 16th is a free ticket night. Please use the Eventbrite link for your tickets for a 20 minute time slot.

Sunday, Dec. 17th is a first come basis with groups walking every 20 minutes.

Live Nativity

Sunday, Dec. 17th, 2023, 6-8 PM

Dandridge, TN

Mountain View Church

On a night when the world was about her business, a baby was born in a small town, Bethlehem.

Experience what that night might have been like while never leaving the comfort of your car.

There’s cookies, hot chocolate and a keepsake ornament for everyone who comes.

This event is completely free and is appropriate for any age. Groups and individuals are welcome!




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