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Extra Magical Christmas In The Park
Some of the cast of Christmas in the Park 2017
A dusting of snow made this year’s Christmas in the Park in Sutton-in-Craven extra magical, as a crowd of around 400 people shared in a presentation of the Nativity Story.

The production started in the car park of the former Bay Horse Pub where we met Mary and Joseph. They told us of how Mary had become pregnant and about the long journey they would have to undertake to Bethlehem – about 68 miles (like walking from Sutton-in-Craven to Liverpool!)

Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem
Mary and Joseph then acquired a donkey and Mary rode the donkey down through the village to the Kings Arms, where they were told no rooms were to be had, but they could have a check on trip advisor and see if they could find somewhere else!

The procession then continued to The Black Bull, where a kindly innkeeper offered the use of a stable.

The whole crowd and a few more along the way made their way to the park where they encountered the shepherds and a host of angels, provided by local Brownies.

We then progressed to the stable scene, where Mary and Joseph sat with a real baby as the angels, shepherds and Nazarenes gathered around.

They were soon joined by the kings and the Nativity was complete.

The Nativity
The whole event was engaging and heart-warming in the bitter cold, as people joined in the carols and shared the story that is the reason for the season!

Next year’s Christmas in the Park will be on 9th December 2018 and as ever, all will be welcome.

This event is put on every year by Crosshills and District Fellowship of Churches so if you want to be involved in next year’s production, please speak to one of the churches in the district.

Article written by Laura Warren

Extra Magical Christmas In The Park, 15th December 2017, 15:00 PM