by Kelly J. Larson, Austin Area Public Affairs Coordinating Council Media Specialist
PFLUGERVILLE, Texas — More than 450 nativity sets are the main attraction this weekend at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 700 N. Heatherwilde in Pflugerville, Texas.
The church building is filled with displays of figurines from elegant to whimsical that feature the birth of Jesus Christ to remember during this 2018 Christmas season. The free event, open to all, is in its third consecutive year, and continues to grow in popularity, with more than 400 in attendance on the first night.
Rob Nielson said, “It’s totally worth going to see. You will enjoy it immensely. I drove from Liberty Hill in the rain.”
“There are so many to look at,” Nielson said. “I wish I could have stayed for a couple of hours, looking at each one in detail.”
Five congregations which share the Pflugerville building include the Heatherwilde, Heritage Trail and Merriltown wards from the Austin Stake and the Pflugerville and Blackhawk wards from the Round Rock East Stake, according to Jeri Ashford, one of the Pflugerville Nativity event organizers.
“It is a huge effort” to plan for and set up the displays throughout the week, one of the event organizers, Debbie Bronson, said. “We get rave reviews, from all who come through,” she said.
Ashford said the nativity sets come from all over the world, including some from Israel, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Japan, Italy, France, Mexico, Vietnam, Philippines and Alaska, USA.
In addition to the nativity displays, there is live music with singers, string instruments and piano playing in the chapel, as well as activities for children.
Tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. will be the final night of the Pflugerville Nativity until next year.