A church in Saskatchewan is lighting up the sky with an interactive nativity scene. 

With many church Christmas concerts and get-togethers being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hillcrest Church in Moose Jaw wanted to find a way to get the community in the Christmas spirit in a safe manner. 

The church came up with “Hope Has Come," a free drive-thru nativity experience. The event is running until Sunday.

“People will start in their vehicles in the Heritage Inn parking lot," Daycee Richardson, a representative from the Hillcrest Church says. "They’re partnering with us for that. And then they'll swing around into our parking lot and all on the outside of our building there will be different scenes from the story of Christmas.” 

The experience will include video projections, light displays, actors in costumes and a downloadable soundtrack telling the Christmas story. 

Richardson said the church is currently recording the soundtrack, but it will be done in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Arabic. 

She added that Hope Has Come will be a fun event for all ages. 

“People will remain in their own vehicles, so it's completely safe that way, and they'll be able to just experience it as they go through the whole thing. Depending on how quickly the traffic is moving, it‘s probably about a 20-minute experience.” 

Hillcrest Church’s website has released a soundtrack for mobile devices to play while going through Hope Has Come.


Written by Shawn Slaght