She said many parents enjoy bringing children "to give them a glimpse of what Christmas is really about, as Charlie Brown would say."
The free event will include a cast of about 10 in Biblical costumes along with live animals, including goats, donkey and lambs. The animals in this year's live nativity belong to Rob Hein and Jim Caruthers Jr. This year's Mary and Joseph will be the church's pastor, the Rev. James Botkin, and his wife, Audria.
The live nativity will be set up between Gino's Pizza and Silver Street and may be seen from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 22. For more information, call the church at 304-755-2911.
Putnam County Parks and Recreation will have a live nativity at the Wave Pool in Hurricane from 6 to 9 p.m. today. The event has been held there for at least five years, said Jamie Wright, program director. This year's nativity will be presented in conjunction with Teays Valley Church of the Nazarene.
"There will be at least seven people in costume," Wright said. "We built a stable and are providing the hay. There will be live animals - sheep, cattle and a donkey. Kids can pet the animals."
Visitors also may enjoy the Christmas light display, a bonfire, Santa Claus and wagon rides. Everything is free.
The event is part of Yuletide in the Park activities taking place through Saturday. For more information, go to www.putnamcountyparks.net, or call 304-562-0518, ext. 11.
Rock Branch Independent Church, 417 Woodland Drive in Nitro, will have its live nativity from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 16 and 17, said Pastor Travis Rucker.
The free event has been offered for about eight years and includes an entire Bethlehem village with vendors' tents, soldiers, shepherds and a manger scene.
There will be about 50 people in Biblical costumes. Live animals borrowed from various people in the community will include horses, sheep and goats.
The church website is www.rbic.org, and the telephone number is 304-755-1364.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.