ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — The public is invited to see hundreds of Nativity scenes from around the world in downtown Asheville.
The "O Come Let Us Adore Him: Christmas Nativity Sets from Around the World” exhibition has returned to First Baptist Church of Asheville from December 12 – 19, 2018.
This is the fourth year for the exhibit, with over 300 Nativity sets from more than 60 countries on display.
The event, also known as "#crechefest," includes public viewing times, guest lectures and live music.
Collector Rev. Dr. Jerry Beavers will be giving a free guided tour of the sets on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m., highlighting their historical, religious and artistic elements.
A crèche, also known as a nativity scene, is an artistic representation of the birth of Jesus Christ.
According to organizers, the exhibit is "an ecumenical effort to highlight the cultural diversity of each crèche on display, while honoring and celebrating the common theme that runs throughout—the birth of Jesus."
Participating churches include The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, First Baptist Church of Asheville, First Congregational United Church of Christ, First Presbyterian Church – Asheville, St. Eugene Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, and Saints Joseph and Andrew Eastern Orthodox Mission Church.
First Baptist Church of Asheville is located at 5 Oak Street in downtown Asheville. Public viewing times are as follows:
Admission is free.