Nativity Celebration ~
Community Nativity Exhibit
and Music Program

Come celebrate the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ and remember the miracle of the first Christmas.

The first weekend of December each year, community members bring their nativity sets created by artists from around the world to the exhibit. Local choirs and instrumental groups perform Christmas music and provide a wonderful atmosphere for this joyful celebration. Let us come together as friends and neighbors as we each remember the reason for the Christmas Season - God's Gift to the world, His Son, Jesus Christ.


Come see the restored Armstrong-Smulekoff Nativity

The nearly life-size 12-piece white plaster nativity scene that graced the windows of Armstrong's Department Store and later of Smulekoff's Furniture over the past several decades is a Cedar Rapids treasure. It was considered lost due to damage from the 2008 flood, but after 230 hours of volunteer labor, it has been completely restored. Here is a photo and history of the restored nativity.

Admission is free

The Nativity Celebration is a non-denominational event open to everyone. We encourage guests to bring canned good items to be donated to local food banks.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
4150 Blue Jay Drive NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Event Hours
Friday Dec. 6th 11 am to 9 pm
Saturday Dec. 7th 11 am to 7 pm

Music Schedule

As they perform each year, the musicians and vocalists at the Nativity Celebration represent the great talent of denominations and organizations throughout the area.

We invite your performance group to sign up in one of available time slots for Friday or Saturday.

Please contact Valerie Earnest to sign up your group

Click here to view the 2019 Music Schedule.

Come and join us in the
Christmas Community Carols Sing-along in the Chapel
Saturday, 6 - 6:45 PM

Family Activity Room

Our young guests will enjoy making a Christmas craft. They can also wear nativity costumes and pose for a take-home photo in a manger scene.


Would you like to submit your nativity set or artwork to be displayed at the exhibit? Would you like to volunteer to help during the Nativity? If so, please click the button below or you can email Julie O'Neal, Nativity Coordinator
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The Nativity Celebration is sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Iowa Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are grateful for the participation of individuals and groups from community organizations and other Christian denominations throughout the area.

This is not an official site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints