The Nativity Display in Sooke has traditional representations of the event as well as some imaginative interpretations. (file photo)

The Nativity Display in Sooke has traditional representations of the event as well as some imaginative interpretations. (file photo)

Sooke nativity display back for second year

More than 400 versions of the nativity are at heart of show

An event to celebrate what to many represents the true meaning of Christmas is returning to Sooke, and organizers are confident it will be an inspiring and entertaining display.

The exhibition, hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, includes more than 400 nativity scenes collected from all around the world.

RELATED: Last year’s event a hit

“We have nativity displays from Turkey, Mexico, Mongolia, Hawaii and just about anywhere you can think of,” organizer Linda Payne said.

“I have one made out of olive wood that I bought in Bethlehem. It really holds special meaning and helps me to remember what the season is all about.”

It’s not just the exotic origins of the displays that help to entertain those who come to the exhibition.

RELATED: Outdoor pageant a labour of love

“The variety of the displays is amazing. We have one that is very large, where Joseph is about four feet tall, and we have a few that are so tiny that they fit in ring boxes,” Payne said.

The displays are largely brought in by members of the church, but there have been offers of nativity sets from people outside the church, and those contributions are always welcomed.

In addition to the traditional nativity scenes, Payne said that there are scenes made from Lego kits, scenes in which the participants are Eskimos, and even one where it appears that the region’s bear population had their own nativity experience.

“These displays are amazing and it doesn’t matter if what your faith might be, it’s worth coming to see the imagination and artistry that have gone into the various versions of the nativity,” Payne said.

In addition to the nativity displays, the event features a video, and a collection of art work that includes paintings, tapestries, and embroidery – all in-keeping with the Christian Christmas theme.

There are also activities for the children, touchable nativity scenes that the kids can play with and, of course, some snacks.

“This is a wonderful way to add to the Christmas spirit of the community at large. It’s a wonderful time of year, and we want the entire community to feel welcome to come in and enjoy the display,” Payne said.

It’s the second year for the International Nativity Display, and Payne is confident it’s only going to get bigger.

The display takes place on Dec. 13 and Dec. 14 at 6868 West Coast Rd.

Admission is free and refreshments are provided at no cost.

A food bank donation box will be available.



mailto:tim.collins@sookenewsmirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Shea Smith is one of three creators of The Homeless Idea podcast. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Victoria podcasters talks homelessness first-hand

Three homeless Victoria residents created The Homeless Idea to give themselves a voice

The president and chief executive officer of BC Ferries promises additional reviews to help sustain BC Ferries. (Black Press Media File)
BC Ferries to review expenditures following 43 per cent passenger drop in 2020

Promise from CEO follows new figures showing significant decline in passengers

B.C. SPCA’s Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre voted favourite non-profit in the 2020 Best of the WestShore Awards. (Facebook/Wild ARC)
Wild ARC in Metchosin voted favourite non-profit for second year in a row

The rehabilitation centre treated nearly 3,000 animals last year

Local MLA Adam Olsen, a member of the Tsartlip Nation, here seen before the 2020 provincial election, said a new report finding “widespread systemic racism against Indigenous people” in the provincial health care system does not surprise Indigenous people. (Hansard TV)
MLA, Tsartlip member says ‘silo’ approach won’t work dealing with racism in health care

Adam Olsen calls for comprehensive approach in dealing with systemic racism

Aragon Properties’ proposed development for the corner of Cook and Pendergast streets in Cook Street Village was voted down by Victoria city council on Thursday night after a public hearing. (File contributed/ City of Victoria)
Lack of affordable housing spells end for Cook Street Village project in Victoria

Council narrowly defeats proposal for four-storey building on former Pic-A-Flic Video site

A B.C. Ambulance Service paramedic wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 moves a stretcher outside an ambulance at Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, November 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. records deadliest weekend of COVID-19 pandemic with 46 deaths; more than 2,300 cases

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides COVID-19 update

Fossil finds at Mt. Stephen. (Photo: Sarah Fuller/Parks Canada)
Extreme hiking, time travel and science converge in the Burgess Shale

Climb high in the alpine and trace your family tree back millions of years – to our ocean ancestors

Kettle bells sit aligned in an indoor fitness studio. (PIxabay.com)
1 COVID-19 case at a B.C. fitness studio leads to 104 more infections, 6 school exposures

According to case data released by Fraser Health, one case of the novel coronavirus carries a big impact

Vehicles drive past a display thanking essential workers in Burnaby, B.C. on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel
B.C. changing COVID-19 case reporting as virus spread continues

Manual counting takes more time, leads to errors

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Mask fundraiser helps make children’s wishes come true

From Black Press Media + BraveFace – adult, youth and kid masks support Make-A-Wish Foundation

Christy Jordan-Fenton is the co-author of the book Fatty Legs, which has been mentioned amid the controversy of an Abbotsford school assignment on residential schools.
Co-author of residential schools book condemns controversial Abbotsford class assignment

Children’s book mentioned amid controversy at W. A. Fraser Middle School

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka takes over as energy and mines critic for the B.C. Liberal opposition. Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick (right) moves from health critic to assistant deputy speaker. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Liberals pick critics to take on Horgan’s NDP majority

Interim leader Shirley Bond takes seniors, long-term care

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland listens to a question from a reporter on the phone during a news conference in Ottawa, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Spending too little worse than spending too much, Freeland says as Canada’s deficit tops $381B

‘The risk of providing too little support now outweighs that of providing too much’

Left to right: A screenshot of NTC nurse navigator Lesley Cerney, FNHA regional mental health manager Georjeana Paterson and Island Health’s medical health officer Dr. Charmaine Enns addressing Ehattesaht community members from Ehatis reserve in a Facebook live update. (Ehattesaht First Nation/Facebook)
Medical team sent to Ehatis reserve near Zeballos to guide community through COVID outbreak

17 cases, eight recoveries and no hospitalizations as Island Health praises First Nation’s response

Most Read