Every year, on Christmas Eve, we gather together as a family. As part of our yearly Christmas Eve traditions, we sing carols, eat yummy goodies, get a new pair of pajamas, and most importantly we act out the nativity scene with all the kids around.
It’s always been a fun tradition to help teach the children the story of the Savior’s birth and remind us all what Christmas is really about.
In years past, we’ve always just read directly from the scriptures, but last year I tried something a bit different. I created a script and specific roles to make a whole Nativity Skit!
All the lines are still based on the scriptures, but the flow works a bit better for acting out the story and letting everyone be involved. To merge our other yearly tradition in, I added in carols throughout the skit, that make our whole skit a lot of fun!
I’m looking forward to this year’s re-enactment of our Nativity Skit!
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The Savior’s Birth – A Nativity Skit
To set up the skit, you’ll assign several roles, depending on the number of people you have. Make sure all of the kids get a role and add in extra roles if needed. The main roles for this skit include:
- Baby Jesus (Or use a baby doll)
- Inn Keepers (3)
- Shepherds (1-3)
- Wise Men (3)
- Additionally you could have kids dress as some of the stable animals and even a star!
A couple of notes to help your skit run smoothly:
Roles: Double up on parts if you don’t have enough people to participate. If you have extras, add in more than one person at each Inn and additional angels.
Costumes: Encourage children to participate and prepare their own costume. Bring robes, towels, or other pieces to complete the costume.
Print: Print out a copy of the skit for each participant so they can easily follow along. The songs are also available in a free printable Christmas songbook.
Songs: All songs are first verse and chorus only. Consider the audience as all those not actively acting if used for a small gathering or family skit.
Sneak Peek of The Savior’s Birth Nativity Skit
Narrator: Christmas fills our hearts with joy as we think of gifts, lights, and holiday spirit. But remember, Christmas means something more, it’s the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Let us travel back to Bethlehem and share the story of His birth.
Audience: Sing “O Come All Ye Faithful”
Narrator: And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed… And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem… to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. (Luke 2:1-5)
Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem with their donkey while the audience sings, arriving at the first inn.
Audience: Sing “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
Joseph: Do you have any room in the inn?
Inn Keeper #1: No, I’m sorry we are full. Try across the way.
Joseph leads Mary to the next inn and knocks.
Joseph: Please, do you have any room for us in your inn?
Inn Keeper #2: We have too many guests already, we have no room.
Joseph leads Mary to the third inn and knocks.
Joseph: Do you have any room for us in your inn? We have come a long way and my wife is with child.
Inn Keeper #3: All of our rooms are full. I have an empty stable out back you may use, it’s not much, but it will give you some shelter.
Mary: Joseph, the baby will be coming soon, let’s please go to the stable.
Inn Keeper #3 shows Joseph and Mary the way.
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Printable Nativity Skit: The Savior’s Birth
You can click here to grab your own copy of The Savior’s Birth nativity skit. It’s an easy to print 2-page document.
I highly recommend printing out a copy of the script for each member of the cast and for your audience as well if you’re running this skit at home. If you plan to use it in a larger setting, you can have the narrator simply announce the hymns.
Before laminating, I highlighted each specific part per card so they’re a cinch to use year after year.
Plus, write down what part in the top right corner and you can easily assign roles. It makes is so much fun to repeat this tradition as part of our annual Christmas Eve activities!
How did this Christmas Skit work for you? Can’t wait to hear if you loved it as much as we do!