FOLLOW THE STAR

CELEBRATING THE TRUE REASON FOR THE SEASON

SINCE 1998 FOLLOW THE STAR: THE LIVING NATIVITY has been a cherished community Christmas tradition celebrating the true meaning of the Christmas season. Performances are held over three nights during December as volunteers of all ages come together to perform a living re-creation of the story of Christ’s birth as told in the Holy Bible. Thousands of spectators gather to see classically costumed actors, live animals, a rustic manger and humble stable, plus a bright new star that magically appears high in the sky against the backdrop of Saddleback Mountain. It's an experience that has brought added peace and deeper meaning to the holiday season.

2020 FOLLOW THE STAR: THE "ALMOST" LIVING NATIVITY...

BECAUSE OF THE COVID19 PANDEMIC, and in the interest of public health and safety, we are sad that this year we will not be having any live presentations.

WITH GRATITUDE FOR DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY, we have put together this simple website to allow our annual tradition to continue in a year when our world needs the message and spirit of Christmas perhaps more than ever before.

WE HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY THIS ROUGH LITTLE VIDEO PRESENTATION created from from footage taken during actual performances over the years. Notice the rain in a few of the scenes pouring down on our ever dedicated volunteers!

FEEL THE SPIRIT OF THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS as you listen to the original narration and soundtrack used for over 22 years as you contemplate the story of the birth of Jesus and the joy and peace His life and Redemption offer.

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name
shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
" — Isaiah 9:6

OUR WARMEST WISHES GO OUT TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES — WE HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT YEAR IN PERSON!
May your Christmas and New Year be filled with the peace, hope and healing that faith in Jesus Christ offers as we all look forward to the brighter days ahead!

ADD GREATER JOY AND DEEPER MEANING TO YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON WITH THE FOLLOWING RESOURCES...

THIS HIGHLY ACCLAIMED NEW VIDEO depiction of the Nativity story recounts in beautiful cinematic detail the sacred events surrounding Jesus's birth. This short film has been heralded as one of the most accurate portrayals of Bible culture, language and tradition. Take the journey back in time and travel with Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem to WITNESS THE BIRTH OF THE CHRIST CHILD.

Light and Hope Still Shine Today!

Find Lasting Peace Even In Troubled Times


This Christmas Season, You Can Help #LightTheWorld One by One

#LightTheWorld is an invitation to transform Christmas into a season of service.
Join us as we follow the example of Jesus Christ by ministering to others one by one—just like He did.

Click here to learn more ComeUntoChrist/Light-the-World

HERE ARE MORE FUN AND MEANINGFUL WAYS TO BRIGHTEN YOUR CHRISTMAS AND YOUR FUTURE

FOLLOW THE STAR:
SCENE SKETCHES
Printable Coloring Pages

Coloring scene sketches by artist Becca Shipley are a wonderful activity to help children think more deeply about the story of Jesus' birth.
CLICK HERE for a Printable PDF
CLICK HERE for more of Becca's art

STRENGTHEN YOUR RELATIONSHIP
with Jesus this Christmas

Jesus Christ is our loving Savior. He lived to teach us, and gave His life to save us. With Him, we can have greater peace, happiness, and eternal purpose.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

Presented as a gift to the community and sponsored by the local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rancho Santa Margarita, California