Live Nativity and Holiday Concerts at Neumann University

The three wise men at Neumann University’s 2021 live nativity.
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The three wise men at Neumann University’s 2021 live nativity.

Neumann University will capture the Christmas spirit with a live nativity re-enactment on Dec. 4 and holiday concerts on Dec. 1 and 2.

The university’s annual live nativity is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 4, 6:15 PM, on the lawn of the Mirenda Center on Convent Road.  The program is free and open to the public. 

Neumann students, faculty, and staff will re-enact the Franciscan tradition of the crib, performing the live nativity scene and scripture narration.

St, Francis of Assisi created the first live nativity scene in Greccio, Italy, in 1223. Now a traditional element of Christmas festivities around the world, the ritual has been celebrated ever since.

In addition to the Greccio tradition, the university invites the community to celebrate Mass at 4 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel, located in the Bachmann Building. From 5:30 to 7:15 PM, free hot chocolate and a petting zoo of manger animals will be on-site to entertain youngsters at the event.  After the re-enactment, all are welcome to meet Santa and enjoy refreshments on the Mirenda Center lawn.

The Neumann University Concert Chorale will also capture the spirit of the season on Friday, Dec. 2, by performing vocal musical selections, including traditional and contemporary holiday favorites. Songs on the program include Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, Angels We Have Heard on High, Joy to the World, and other familiar tunes.

Entitled “The Joy of Christmas,” the concert starts at 8 PM in the university’s Meagher Theatre. The chorale, which includes community members and Neumann students, is led by Dr. Yukiko Ishida.

On Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 PM, the Neumann University Jazz Band presents its annual fall semester concert with a characteristic mix of pop, rock, and jazz tunes, including a few in anticipation of the Christmas season.  The band is led by Dr. Richard Sayers.

Admission to the chorale and band performances is $8.

For a complete schedule of cultural events at Neumann, visit

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