Live nativity brings Christmas to life; followed by children's Christmas party
A live nativity will bring the Christmas story to life during Hilbert College's 18th annual Christmas celebration from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. The celebration will include a children's Christmas party, complete with a visit from Santa, following the nativity.
"Christmas at Hilbert" is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to be donated to local food pantries.
Featuring the Holy Family, shepherds, angels, the three wise men and animals in a small outdoor stable, the live nativity will take place at 2 p.m. in the campus quad near the Campus Center.
The live nativity dates back to 1223, when it was recreated by St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order, which is the spiritual foundation of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph (Hilbert's founding congregation).
Immediately following the live nativity, the holiday celebration will move indoors for the children's Christmas party in the Hafner Recreation Center.
Free photos with Santa will be available at the party, which will also include Christmas arts and crafts and games. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided.
The event is sponsored by the office of campus ministry, Hilbert Student Government Association and various student clubs. More information is available by contacting Tommy Vane, director of student activities, at 716-926-8932 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.