A week long Nativity Festival is unveiling its grand opening in Southport on Saturday 7 December at 2pm, featuring Christmas carols and other activities.

Many churches and associated groups have created nativity scenes made out of different materials – from lego, wool, paper to more traditional scenes.

The story of Christmas, from the Angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary, to the family’s escape to Egypt, is told in a series of scenes created by various groups including local schools, Beavers, Cubs, Rainbows and Brownies.

Along with a stable where people can put themselves into the scene, there’s also craft time for children, who can create their own angels, animals or other characters, which will be built up during the week.

It’s hosted at St George’s United Reformed Church on Lord Street (next to Sainsbury) and is open 9 – 14 December, 1pm-5pm. Thursday until 7pm.

The scenes have been contributed by organisations within Southport and Formby churches. Revd Janet Calderley, lead minister for the URC churches in Southport and Formby,  said,  “We hope people in Southport come and see these amazing nativity scenes, and have a moment, in the run up to Christmas, to consider what the season is really all about.”

It’s free and refreshments will be available.