Nativity sets from around the world
2022 is the 27th year of the Festival of Nativities at Centenary United Methodist Church in Lawrence, Kansas. Few people are aware of this gem. Indeed, many are unaware that there is a tiny United Methodist Church, tucked away in this neighborhood between the railroad tracks and the Kansas River.
In 2022 there are over 300 nativites on display. Many of those are tiny crèches, but the overall impact is quite impressive. The congregation begins decorating the church three days a week following Halloween. The Centenary nativity collection is so large that not all of it is displayed every year.
Touring the nativity displays is free, but the donation of kids shoes for Woodlawn Elementary, or new stocking hats, gloves/mittens, socks or a pack of diapers to help The Ballard Center are welcome.
To reach the Festival of Nativities, turn east from North 2nd Street (Highway 52) just north of the Kansas River on Elm Street. Drive two blocks and turn south one block on 4th Street. There is a small "Treats and Treasures" gift shop with more nativities, Christmas items and homemade baked goods
Groups may make an appointment to view it at other times and days by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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