Drive-thru Nativity tells Christmas story

GENOA – It’s not your typical drive-thru: CrossWind Community Church in Genoa is planning a live Nativity scene that doesn’t even require viewers to leave their cars.

“We have always thought about doing it, and our property is conducive to it,” said the Rev. James Freund.

“The great part is, it’s drive-thru, so no matter what the temperature is, they can drive around the parking lot in the comfort of their car,” volunteer Matt Krueger said.

Displays around the edge of the parking lot will portray scenes relating to the birth of Jesus, such as the prophecies of the Old Testament, the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem, and the birth of Jesus in a manger.

“We’ve got eight different scenes. Some of them are live and some of them are just figures, but the Nativity is live,” Freund said.

Volunteers will portray Mary, Joseph, and the three wise men, and Freund also plans to have live sheep and goats to complete the manger scene. The baby Jesus will be portrayed by a real baby if the weather is mild; otherwise, the church will use a doll.

Other volunteers will greet visitors as they approach the parking lot and hand out scripts describing the events depicted. They will also tell visitors how to tune their car radios to hear Christmas music coordinated with an elaborate light show.

At the end of the tour, volunteers will collect the scripts and offer visitors free hot chocolate.

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