Union United Methodist Church is preparing to host the full production of their long-standing tradition, the 29th annual drive-through living nativity, The Living Christmas Story.

The event will take place Friday through Sunday, December 2 – 4 from 6:30 pm – 9 pm each night. For more than 20 years the church parking lot has been transformed into the city of Bethlehem, as the “greatest story ever told;” a drive-through re-enactment of the way life was more than 2,000 years ago on the night Jesus Christ was born. The presentation features scenes that can be viewed as vehicles travel through the Union parking lot. There is no admission fee.

The Living Christmas Story uses real people from the Irmo community, and includes live animals that become the town of Bethlehem. Villagers, a blacksmith, the innkeeper, Herod’s Court, the marketplace and many more scenes come alive as you drive through and experience the night Christ came to us. The Living Christmas Story is an experience that has had more than 156,418 visitors over the last 28 years.

Irmo Police and church volunteers will be in charge of routing and directing traffic. Carpooling is encouraged. You can also skip the line and hop on a Union UMC church bus and go through the event. Union buses will leave from the parking lot between Lizards Thicket and O’Reilly’s at St. Andrews Road and Thames Valley Road. Union buses and visitors in institutional vehicles (with logo) will be given immediate access to the event.

Start your holiday season with an event that the whole family will remember. To learn more about The Living Christmas Story and visit the website visit tinyurl.com/35tyvw83. To learn more about Union United Methodist Church visit www.unionirmo.org.