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Nativity Festival shines light on meaning of Christmas
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Hope Elizabeth Holland, 3, stands in front of one of her favorite displays at the McMinnville Nativity Festival on Friday night.

The sixth annual McMinnville Nativity Festival is in full swing this weekend to bring the meaning of Christ to Christmas. 

Local, national and artists across the world presented their own unique interpretations of the birth of Jesus at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The celebration has brought together hundreds of nativity sets and pieces of artwork to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

The festival is taking place through Sunday to celebrate the joy and gratitude of the holidays through fellowship and craftsmanship. 

Music was provided by local artists, including the Silver and Gold Band Brass Quintet, Jenny Nafrada, the Argo Family and many more sources of entertainment to set a celebratory atmosphere while attendees admired the many forms of artistic displays made from glass, wood, metal, ceramic, pottery, yarn, paper, clay, fabric and various other materials.

A presentation of nativity scenes around the world was displayed with countries from Uganda, Rwanda, Mexico, Ethiopia, Bahamas, the Amazon, Japan, Guatemala, Israel, Russia, India and many more.

“Each of these pieces is so unique and represents such a beautiful perspective of Jesus’ birth,” says Miriam Crawford, one of the organizers. 

Festival hours are 2 to 5 p.m. this Sunday just off the bypass at 562 Shangri La Lane in McMinnville.