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The 63rd anniversary display of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes will start Sunday, December 13, 2015.

Display at Mount Olive Lutheran Church

The 13 life-size scenes depicting events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ will be located at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica, and will remain through Epiphany, January 6, 2016.

The display will start along Maple Street one block north of Ocean Park Boulevard west of 14th Street; it will end along 14th Street.

  • To drive past – From Ocean Park Boulevard, turn north on Euclid (13th), then right on Maple and continue along Maple to the Scenes; then at the stop sign, turn right cautiously onto 14th Street.
  • To park and walk past – Parking is available in the church parking lot; enter off 14th Street.

The Nativity Scenes Committee is deeply grateful to the people of Mount Olive Lutheran Church and Pastor Eric Shafer for providing a home for the Nativity Scenes for the display. A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled April 30 against our lawsuit seeking to return our booths to Palisades Park, ending our court effort. Our sincere thanks to our attorney, William J. Becker, Jr., of the Freedom X law firm of Los Angeles, who donated countless hours to represent us and to the Pacific Justice Institute for paying court costs.

Opening Ceremony at Palisades Park

Although the Scenes will be displayed at Mount Olive Lutheran Church this year, our opening ceremony will take place in Palisades Park, longtime home of the Scenes. It will start at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 13, along Ocean Avenue at the foot of Arizona Avenue.

The ceremony will feature the recitation of the Christmas story, Christmas carols, and display of a large banner with photos of the Scenes and accompanying scriptures.

Christmas Jazz Vespers and Community Party at Mount Olive

Back at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, all are invited to Interfaith Christmas Jazz Vespers at 5 p.m. December 13. Then the church will be host to a community party in the parking lot at 6:30 p.m. welcoming the Nativity Scenes.


Thank you if you would be able to make a financial contribution to meet expenses of putting up and taking down the scenes and for storage, insurance, and dvertising. Donations may be made by clicking the button on this page. Donations are not tax deductible.