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


The 60th anniversary display of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes will start Sunday, December 15, 2013, at a new site.

Display at Mount Olive Lutheran Church
The 13 life-size scenes depicting events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ will be located at Mount Olive Lutheran Church and will remain through Thursday, January 2.

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 Interim Pastor Stephen Fiechter for providing a home for the Nativity Scenes for this milestone display.

We are pleased to welcome Resplendent Light Community Church and Pastor Clifford Asai to the organizing committee this year. The young Westside congregation will display the first scene, the Annunciation, formerly shown by the Santa Monica Police Officers’ Association, which retired this year from mounting the scene. We are profoundly thankful to the SMPOA for its generous support and longtime participation.

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 15, along Ocean Avenue at a location between Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards.

Along with Christmas music from area choral groups, the ceremony will feature the unfurling of a large new scriptural banner telling the story of Christmas. The banner will be displayed periodically during the Christmas season at Palisades Park.

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.