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Living Nativity celebrates over 55 years as tradition at Hillspring Church

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- Hard to believe, but there are just seven days until Christmas. A Richland church is getting ready by kicking off its series of living nativity performances over the next several nights.

Hillspring Church has about 250 volunteers coming together to put on the annual tradition.

It's been a part of their church now for over 55 years!

Every year, the church takes on the story of the birth of Jesus with a different perspective.

This year, it’s from the eyes of the innkeeper.

The performance begins inside the gymnasium and then moves outside.

There are live animals, including camels from Spokane, and even an angel on a lift.

Church leaders say last year, more than six-thousand people watched their shows.

Many of the performers have been a part of it now for years and are able to carry the tradition on in their own families.

Lead Pastor Bryan White says, " This year one of our Mary’s is pregnant right now, I got to marry her and her husband, she played Mary when she was a senior in high school, watching my friends and extended church family to be able to share the birth of Christ and the hope that entered the world that night with so many people is just a phenomenal gift."

The living nativity portion is outdoors, so be sure to bundle up.

There are two evening performances this Wednesday and Thursday at 6 and 7 pm.

Then Friday through Sunday, you can catch shows at 6, 7 and 8:15pm.

Tickets are 10 dollars for adults, 5 dollars for 5 through 12, and kids 4 and under are free.

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