Cedar City Crèche Festival
Christmas music filled the air Sunday as guests took in the sight of more than 450 Nativity scenes on display in Cedar City. The aptly named Cedar City Creche Festival is held one night every two years.
The Canyon View Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has hosted the event since 2012.
“It's been a wonderful evening for us here,” organizer John Higley said. “We are just happy to do this and share the spirit of Christmas with everyone here in Cedar City.”
Choirs from Cedar and Canyon View high schools performed holiday songs. The creches on display were from across the globe. They included a Chilean volcanic rock sculpture, a Russian porcelain egg, and African bead art. Higley said the centerpiece of the festival is a 180-year-old painting.
“It was painted about 180 years ago by a woman who is the great-great-great-great-great aunt of one of our members here,” he said.
In addition to the art, children of the Canyon View Stake participated in a living Nativity. “It’s a quiet time,” Higley said. “People can just reflect on the birth of our Savior and just enjoy the spirit that is in there.”