Events downtown

Dec 18

Historic Nativity Pageant
Location: 425 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04101, US
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event website

The 96th anniversary of the historic Pageant of the Nativity will take place at First Parish Unitarian Universalist on Sunday, December 18th , 2022 at 5:00pm at 425 Congress Street in Portland. After a 2-year hiatus during the pandemic, we are so excited to be back! First performed in 1926, this non-denominational annual event incorporates organ and choral music, historic narrative, and over 50 actors in non-speaking roles to create a visually beautiful tableau of the nativity scene inspired by the work of 15th Century artist Fra Angelico. Cast members are adorned in vibrant fabrics, some of which date back to the very first performance and were brought back from the Holy Lands by the nieces of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, as Rev. Dr. Elaine Peresluha narrates the birth story of one of history’s great prophets. The church meetinghouse, lit by candles, serves as a solemn backdrop to this special event, which is free and open to the public.

Though the event is offered free of charge to the community, voluntary donations to help defray some of the cost of this time-honored production and support the mission of the church, will be gratefully accepted.