Hundreds turn out for annual Living Nativity
Despite bitterly cold winds Saturday evening, hundreds of people walked through The Living Nativity at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria.
"We had a great turnout this year," said Greg Tvrdik, First Lutheran's director of church administration. "We counted 328 people during the walk through from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m., and 385 cars that came through the drive-through portion."
Around 1,400 people were estimated to have viewed the nativity scene this year.
The 33rd annual event features live characters and animals, including a donkey and two camels, and recreats events leading up to the birth of Jesus. Church members dressed as Mary and Joseph, along with shepherds, wise people and Bethlehem villagers during the Living Nativity.
Roger Thalman, chairman of The Living Nativity Committee, said First Lutheran's Living Nativity is the second-oldest nativity event in the state. A church in Rochester has the oldest event.
The annual event will continue next year but will be moved to the church's new location along County Road 46, near Woodland Elementary School.