Celebrate the Meaning of Christmas With a Live Nativity

It is so easy to get caught up in the chaos that the holidays bring along with it. Wrapping presents, baking cookies while listening to music, attending parties with family and friends. But to celebrate the meaning of Christmas to those who believe, there is nothing quite like a live nativity. The sounds of the animals, the smells of the hay and the still of the evening (or morning). There honestly is nothing quite like it during the holiday season.

It’s a great way to visit new churches, embrace your faith and most events are free to the public or only ask for a small donation.

lake county live nativity performances

Live Nativity Performances in or Near Lake County 


14 December 7:30 p.m., 15 December 1:30 & 5:00 p.m., 16 December 1:30 & 5:30 p.m.
Quentin Road Bible Baptist Church

60 Quentin Rd. , Lake Zurich | tickets: 847-438-4494

This is a large performance with live animals and reserved seating. Tickets are $5 each, some free seats are available for each show.

16 December 17, 10:00 a.m.
St. Peter Lutheran Church 
111 W. Olive St., Arlington Heights | (847) 259-4114

Just a little south of Lake County, St. Peter Lutheran Church hosts a nativity with live animals in between two of their morning services.

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Live Nativity Performance in Southern Wisconsin

1 December 6:30 p.m., 7:00 and 7:30 p.m.
First Evangelical Lutheran Church

1101 Logan St., Lake Geneva, WI

Take a step back in time and see the Christmas Story come to life. Hear the true message of Christmas, sing familiar Christmas carols, and warm up with some hot cocoa and cookies. There are three show times that you can choose from; 6:30pm, 7:00pm, and 7:30pm.


7 December 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. and 8 December 3:30 and 6:30 p..m.
OakVue Farm & Events
14700 140th St., Kenosha, WI

Celebrate Jesus at Oak Vue Farm & Events Live Nativity. All 4 shows will be followed with free cocoa, cider, and cookies.


21, 22, 23 December (2018 times to be announced previously it’s been 7:00 p.m. )
1st Church of God
1650 Lathrop Ave., Racine, WI | (262) 634-1463

Since 1957, this little church just over the border has been presenting a live nativity for the city of Racine. The performance is free to the public and is held on the church grounds. Head to the website to see exact times.

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Do you know of any live nativities that weren’t mentioned here? Share with us in the comment section! 




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