The Living Nativity at Shepherd’s Cross is an indoor and outdoor walk through event. Come on out and join us in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ complete with farm animals and costumed characters inside an Amish built barn.
Enjoy the outside games, hay maze, photo opportunities, as well as the Bible Garden and professional light display. Be prepared to enjoy the peaceful setting of an authentic working sheep farm. The Living Nativity will proceed even in the case of inclement weather.
As attendees open the barn door and step back in time they will experience spinning, weaving and wool working demonstrations. Attendees can enjoy complimentary apple cider & cookies upstairs as they browse the museum. Be sure to catch an hourly performance of Dramatic Story Telling or Live Music.
This year’s story will be “The Inn Keeper’s Wife” the story of Christ’s birth from the perspective of the Innkeeper’s Wife, written & told by Frankie Campbell. Shepherd’s Cross welcomes many local talented musicians including violinist, pianists, guitarist, gospel musicians, and soloists.
New for this year, from noon until 3:30 pm on Dec. 18, each station inside the barn will have a sign language interpreter.
All activities will adhere to COVID restrictions. we will have smaller groups and have implemented rigid cleaning guidelines.
Many will contemplate the original Christmas as they take a wagon ride in the sheep pasture, (we offer an open air wagon or a covered sheep wagon) Journey with the Shepherds as they journeyed to see the Christ on that first hallowed night. Rides are available every half hour (cancelled in inclement weather). Covered wagon runs during daylight hours.
Children always enjoy our free Children’s Christmas activities including an audio-visual story, making a bird feeder, entering the coloring contest, visiting the Farm Museum, and Educational Silo.
This is a great opportunity to start Holiday traditions such as a picture in the manger with family and friends, or add to your Shepherd’s Cross ornament collection with a take home Christmas ornament. We also offer a DIY Fresh Evergreen Wreath kit to take home. We host “The Living Tree” to provide gifts to the less fortunate. This is Heart of the Shepherd’s “Angel Tree.”
This is walnut & pecan harvest season on the farm. Farm fresh black walnuts & native pecans will be available. Enjoy pre-picked or buy whole and Shepherd’s Cross will crack. Amish made fudge & nutty treats are available.
The event is donation based admission. All proceeds benefit missions. Shepherd’s Special Bundle Deals are as follows:
#1: Basic Nativity Includes all donation based activities – suggested donation $5.00 per person.
#2: Shepherd’s Journey Package - $7.00 per person – Includes all donation based activities plus a wagon ride in sheep meadow & take home Christmas craft.
#3: Covered Sheep Wagon Package (daylight hours only) - $10.00 per person – Includes all donation based activities; covered sheep wagon ride & take home Christmas craft.
#4: Shepherd’s Journey & Wreath Package - $ 20.00 per person – Includes all donation based activities, wagon ride, take home Christmas craft & DIY take home fresh wreath kit.
#5: Covered Sheep Wagon & Wreath Package (daylight hours only) - $22.00 per person – Includes all donation based activities, covered wagon ride, take home Christmas craft & DIY take home fresh wreath kit.
Donation based activities are too numerous to count but include:
• The Living Nativity - every 30 minutes
• Nativity Dramatic Story Tellers & Musicians every 30 minutes
• Pecans & Black Walnuts - Crack & Education Exhibit
• Outdoor Photo Spots
• Indoor Photo Spots
• Peaceful Christmas Light Display
• Farm Museum
• Farm Silo - Open to the 4th floor
• Complimentary Apple Cider & Cookies
• Christmas Video - Every 30 minutes
• Gift Shop - Pecans, Walnuts, handmade, MIO
• Christmas Coloring Contest
• Bird Seed Feeder DIY
• Bible Garden
• See Alpacas in the paddock
• Watch Sheep in the pasture
• Scavenger Hunt
• 5 Outdoor Winter Games (available during daylight only)
• Indoor Games
• Living Christmas Tree – gift station
If interested in volunteering in the Living Nativity please contact us at 918-342-5911.
Shifts are for two hours, throughout the day. Participants experience a memorable, peace filled, quality family time. Costumes are provided; pictures are made available after the event. Volunteers receive a free wagon ride, a free DIY craft and one DIY evergreen wreath kit per group.