The Exeter Nativity, 3pm - 5pm, 19 Dec, starts Princesshay Square
Exeter’s city streets become the backdrop on Sunday 19 December for the most famous story ever told. ‘The Exeter Nativity’ comes to town with a fresh take on the classic tale. Thousands are expected to flock-to-watch hilarious scenes and spectacular surprises as Mary and Joseph, accompanied by sheep, a donkey, an 'angel-on-high' and other iconic nativity characters lead the crowds through Exeter’s city centre.
The captivating event brings the Christmas story firmly into the 21st Century. Directed by the Dean of Exeter Cathedral, The Very Reverend Jonathan Meyrick, the modern tale begins at 3pm in Princesshay Square where shoppers will first be entertained by some traditional minstrels, before Mary and Joseph, accompanied by their trusty donkey, make their way along the High Street and into Cathedral Yard – desperately searching for a place to stay.
The following crowds look on in awe, as the young couple arrive at Cathedral Green where the innkeeper at Abode Exeter delivers the classic phrase 'there’s no room at the inn'. All is not lost as he points to the stable, which bears a striking resemblance to Exeter Cathedral as the place where they can rest. The hardy couple then make their way across the Green as shepherds tend their sheep and an angel appears on-high to spread glad tidings.
Once inside there will be a special carol service around the living crib for those wishing to attend.
The event is produced entirely by volunteers and involves many from the Diocese of Exeter and Christian church organisations.
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