Night Jesus Was Born celebrating 10th anniversary
The 10th annual “Night Jesus Was Born” Nativity Display will feature a new look when it is held on November 30 to December 2 in Hodgeville.
First held with a collection of about 150 items, the 2018 edition of Night Jesus Was Born will boast over 900 nativity scenes made of various materials.
The decade long running display grew from a comparatively small display at the Kelstern Community Church where it was hosted for two years before growing into a larger endeavour and moving to the Hodgeville Community Centre for the past seven years. The exhibition is again being coordinated by organizers Andrea Kerr and Anne Barkman, and the event has grown in size every year it has been held.
Barkman admitted that when they started the nativity scene display a decade ago, she never envisioned it growing to the size and scope it is today.
“We are just floored with the response and the interest,” Barkman said. “The interest not just in the public coming to see our displays, but the interest in people who want to share their scenes with us.”
“We had over 900 last year, and people already this year have said ‘oh, I’ve got 11 new ones. I can’t wait to share them with you’.”
Barkman’s personal nativity scene collection has also grown significantly in the past decade.
“My collection now has grown to over 225 nativity scenes,” she said.
“I love to see the artistry that’s in the scenes, and what each different artist or creator of a scene to see their vision of what the nativity could look like and how they’ve portrayed it.”
This past year Night Jesus Was Born had grown so large that they expanded the area in the Hodgeville Community
Centre they were displaying in.
“We’ve already expanded into the Senior Room. We were just in the main hall in the years before, but last year we expanded into the Senior Room simply because we are now getting bus loads of people who are coming,” she said. “When you have 40 people coming in at one time and experiencing the sights and sounds and smells of Christmas, it’s awesome.”
For the 10th anniversary edition they have chosen to display the nativity scenes in a different way, and she said she is looking forward to the reaction of the public to those changes.
“Lots of people have said this is the start to their Christmas celebration.”
Night Jesus Was Born runs on the following dates at the Hodgeville Community Centre:
Friday, November 30 - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 1 - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, December 2 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.