The ‘Miracle of Christmas’ nativity scene returns to the north of the Ogden | News, Sports, Jobs
NORTH OGDEN – After a hiatus last year caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, “The Christmas Miracle”, a local tradition that dates back to 1978, is returning.
The live manger show will be presented at the Barker Park Amphitheater several times this week as part of North Ogden’s holiday celebration, The North Pole at Barker Park.
“It’s a very simple and straightforward program,” said Tammy Hunt, who helps organize the nativity show, featuring 30 to 45 performers as well as a camel, donkeys, horses, sheep and d ‘other animals. As the COVID-19 pandemic intensified, last year was the first time the event had been canceled since its inception.
The North Pole at Barker Park, with holiday exhibits, an electric light show and Santa Claus, will be held Monday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. The park is located at 2375 Fruitland Drive and admission is free.
As part of the North Pole activities, “The Christmas Miracle” will be presented Monday through Thursday at 6.30pm, 7pm and 7.30pm each day. The program recreates the story of the birth of Jesus.
The North Pole at Barker Park is co-sponsored by the North Ogden Department of Parks and Recreation. City officials say the inclusion of the nativity program, which is rooted in Christianity, does not violate standards governing the separation of church and state, as it is an element of the activities of the event at the North Pole and it is funded by private donors. A Hanukkah exhibition, financed by private funds, will also be part of the activities of the North Pole.
“Typically, the city does not invest money or employee time in specific religious holiday exhibits, but requires that these funds and mostly come from private groups,” said Jon Call, the lawyer for the Town of North Ogden. The city, he said, is only helping to fund the light show, appearances of Santa Claus and other secular elements of the holiday activities.
Members of other faiths are welcome to have representations of their religions at the event, said Mayor S. Neal Berube, although they should focus on the holidays in November, December and January. “It’s open to all religions,” he said.