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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.

Display at Mount Olive Lutheran Church

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.

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.