Sidney church highlights season with exhibit

For the last seven years the Sidney Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been celebrating Christmas with nativity displays

For the fourth year in row

For the last seven years the Sidney Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been celebrating the Christmas season with a large exhibit of nativity displays and this year will be no exception.

This year’s nativity exhibit is set to open Dec. 1 and organizers hope to see even more people out this year than last.

“We had 800 people through the exhibit last year and we’re hoping for even more this year,” said Nancy Watson, one of the exhibit’s organizers.

“We’re finding more and more people are including attending the exhibit in their annual Christmas traditions so that’s great,” she added.

The one-of-a-kind exhibit features over 500 nativities (or crèches) from all over the world including Ethiopia, China, Japan and Israel. The scenes are created from all sorts of materials including wood, cloth, ceramic, glass and more.

“The nativities are all from personal collections and from members of our congregation,” explained Watson. “It’s a really neat collection to see displayed.”

The exhibit is set up over the month of November solely by volunteers and also includes a wall-size mural depicting the nativity of Jesus Christ painted by artist Dianne Gavilan.

The on-loan nativities are all given back to their respective owners before Christmas.

During the exhibit, the church will be providing children’s craft activities to keep little hands busy.

This year the church will also be entering a float into the Sidney Sparkles Santa Parade which takes place Nov. 30 to help let the community know about the exhibit.

“The float, of course, will have a nativity display depicted on it,” said Watson.

“We hope people see it and come and check out the exhibit, it really is unique and special,” she said.

The exhibit opens at the church (2210 Eastleigh Way in Sidney) on Sunday, Dec. 1 and runs from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. until Dec. 8.

Visit for more information. Admission is free.


Just Posted

Cycling Without Age raises funds for program

Free rides for seniors coming to Sidney

SidFest raises $1,500 for youth clinic

For the sixth year, SidFest has been an opportunity for talented high… Continue reading

Tanner’s Books owner is running for Sidney mayor

Cliff McNeil-Smith says managing growth is his top priority

Feast of Fields settles in for the summer of 2018

Vancouver Island Feast set for Kildara Farms in North Saanich on Aug. 26

CREST technology goes digital

System handles one call every four seconds

New stage highlight of Brentwood Bay Festival

Peninsula Country Market vendors and music accompany start of summer celebration

Sidney painter also a preacher

Patrick Chu opens new studio; off to China this month

BC Lions defensive back Marcell Young levels streaker in home opener

Young hit the fan near one of the 45-yard lines

Police: Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians fell asleep

Two Mexican World Cup fans were among those hit

B.C. VIEWS: Orphans of our urban drug culture neglected again

Child advocate Bernard Richard leaves B.C. with harsh message

From marijuana beer to pot cookies, Canadian companies creating cannabis edibles

Manufacturers think that edibles will do well with users who don’t want to smoke or vape

5 fun things to do this weekend in Greater Victoria

Car Free YYJ, family fishing, Sooke bluegrass, walk for cancer and a mascot’s birthday

Privacy lawyer warns against victim blaming in recent sextortion scams

Perpetrators get sexual photos of the victim and threaten to share them with friends and families

Most Read