Christmas Event This Friday to Benefit Children’s Home

December 3, 2014

One of the first Christmas events in Mt. Vernon is the Live Nativity and Festival of Trees this Friday, December 5, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the United Methodist Children’s Home on Richview Road.

This is the tenth year for this event which is free and open to the public. The live nativity is outside on their circle driveway and the festival of trees is inside their Chapel Complex.

“New this year, Drew Stubblefield Photography is setting up photos with St. Nicholas. Families can get photos of their children with St. Nicholas for $20 with 25% of all proceeds benefitting UMCH. We want to focus on telling the real story of St. Nicholas who gave gifts in the name of Jesus Christ.,” says Marcus Holland, Development Coordinator. The live nativity showcases scenes from the first nativity with live animals presented by youth who live at UMCH and staff who work there.

“We are excited to show what is new and improved for this year’s Live Nativity and Festival of Trees.  There will be more animals and better costumes in the Live Nativity, and the addition of wreaths with the Festival of Trees,” says Marcus Holland.

Dozens of trees are decorated and donated by local classrooms and schools. All attendees are asked to vote for their favorite tree and the classroom with the most votes will win a “Best Decorated Tree Pizza Party.”

Wreaths and trees can also be decorated and donated by local churches and businesses. All trees and wreaths will be entered in a silent auction to raise money for programs and services to youth and families.

For more information on the 10th Annual UMCH Live Nativity and Festival of Trees or if your business would like to donate a tree or wreath, please visit the UMCH website at or contact Marcus Holland at (618) 242-1070 ext. 234.