In an effort to embrace the spirit of Christmas, the public is invited to a live musical nativity, "Echoes of Christmas," free at Liberty Park.
"We decided we wanted to do a live nativity because Christ has been taken out of Christmas, and we wanted to put a little Christ back in," organizer Virginia Baird said.
Virginia and Bob Baird first produced the event in 2008 as a gift to the community. She said they had thought about it for a long time, but that year things finally came together. In its third year, the event features a live nativity, including animals, and it is set to original music written by Clive Romney.
The presentation is designed for anyone including families with young children. Because groups move between stations on cement and wooden walkways, there is little wait time. Propane heaters at each station keep the cold in check.
Shepherd guides lead guests through the stations, each presenting a musical scene to illustrate the story of the Savior's birth.
"Echoes of Christmas" runs Dec. 20-22, 7-9 p.m., at Liberty Park. The production lasts about 30 minutes, with sessions starting every five minutes. Donations are accepted, and a CD of the music for $10.
Melissa DeMoux is the stay-at-home mother of six and lives in West Valley City.