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The Committee is a non-profit 501(c)(4) group; donations are not tax deductible under IRS rules.


The 62nd annual display of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes will officially open Sunday, December 14, 2014, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church at 14th and Ocean Park Boulevard.

The 13 life-size scenes depicting events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ will be available for viewing through New Year's Day.

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 – Free parking is available in the church parking lot; enter off 14th Street.

We appreciate your driving carefully through the neighborhood.

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 second consecutive year.

We are pleased to welcome St. Peter & St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Church of Santa Monica and its pastor, Father Paul Megally, to the organizing committee this year. The congregation will display Scene 11, "Joseph's Warning." Our sincere thanks to Pacific Crossroads Church, which oversaw the scene before and is now retiring from the committee.

Opening Ceremony at Palisades Park
Although the Scenes will be displayed at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, our opening ceremony will take place in Palisades Park, longtime home of the Scenes. It will start at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 14, along Ocean Avenue at the foot of Arizona Avenue. The ceremony will feature recitation of the Christmas story as well as singing of Christmas carols by the audience accompanied by a brass quartet from The Salvation Army.

Court Case
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear our oral arguments February 6, 2015, in Pasadena seeking that the city of Santa Monica allow our display the opportunity to return to its historic home in Palisades Park. Our deep thanks go to William J. Becker, Jr., who is graciously donating his time to representing us and to his nonprofit Los Angeles law firm, Freedom X, which is devoted to the defense of First Amendment freedoms. Updates on the case will be posted to Court fees have been paid by the Pacific Justice Institute.

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 advertising.

Donations may be made by clicking the button on this page. Donations are not tax deductible.