Living nativity event shares Christmas story for 16th year

TUSTIN — Living Nativities are one way to add Christmas magic to the season and volunteers at Center Lake Bible Camp in Tustin will do their best to create such an atmosphere for all families.

Follow the Star, a free live Nativity event, is in its 16th year. The three-day event will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7. It takes place outdoors and requires walking, though wagon rides are available for those unable to walk. The length of the program is approximately 30 minutes.

"What we hope for is a fun family event to kick off the Christmas season," said Center Lake Bible Camp staff member Sarah Delancey. "We share the Biblical story of Jesus' birth."

About 60 to 70 volunteers help make the nativity enjoyable every year. It has become a tradition for families and the camp staff.

"It's a really neat opportunity to open the camp up to people," Delancey added. "It's also an opportunity to present the story of Jesus, his birth and what he did for us on the cross. It's an outreach program for us, too."

In addition to the Nativity, visitors have the opportunity to take part in a children's craft, a free meal and a family portrait. Delancey said the camp typically sees between 1,200 and 1,500 people during the weekend, depending on the weather. Visitors arrive from as far as Mount Pleasant, Ludington and Midland.

For more information, call (231) 829-3441 or visit centerlake.org. Center Lake Bible Camp is located four miles east of Tustin on 20 Mile Road.