The Guenther family will perform in the 38th annual outdoor live nativity pageant and indoor créche display, put on by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Red Deer, from Dec. 18-20. (Contributed photo)

Outdoor nativity pageant in Red Deer Dec. 18-20

Watching live nativity pageants is a Christmas tradition for many families.

Red Deerians will be able to enjoy the custom soon, as the 38th annual outdoor live nativity pageant and indoor creche display, put on by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will run Dec. 18 to 20.

There will be performances at 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. each night at 8 Keast Way.

At least one member of the Guenther family has been a part of the pageant every year. This year, Ben and Ashley Guenther will play Joseph and Mary – their 15-year-old son Parker and 12-year-old daughter Hadley will also have parts in the pageant.

“Participating in the pageant has become part of our Christmas tradition,” said Ben. “It’s something I did with my parents, and now I’m doing it with my children. It sets the tone for us going into Christmas by reminding us what the season is really about.”

The play features a 28-member cast of shepherds, angels, kings and other characters, as well as Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. There is also a stable.

The play is about 20 minutes long. The indoor creche display features about 300 tiny nativity sets from around the world.

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