AUSTIN (KXAN) – You’ve probably seen nativity scenes live before, they’re especially popular around Christmas time, but the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Cedar Park goes 9 steps further.
The 10th annual Follow the Star holiday walk and drive show begins Thursday, December 2 and runs through Saturday, December 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event lasted three nights.
The nativity scene is just the first of ten stops the church has set up.
“Sometimes we have a pretty sedating one and sometimes we have a real bronco that we used to have,” laughs Renee Meredith, the event’s producer. “It’s a children’s favorite.”
The Church of the Good Shepherd Lutheran says it has remade seven of its 10 scenes this year. Each stop will last about two minutes, but attendees can move at their own pace.
Pastor Steven Headley said: “What really makes this piece special is that not only does it have the nativity scene here, but it goes through the life of Jesus Christ. “People need to hear the rest of the story, people need to connect the dots.”
Headley said in previous years they have seen about 10,000 people, but they predict this year could bring a larger crowd. The event was canceled due to the pandemic in 2020 and aired on KXAN instead.
Tracking the Stars is free, but the church asks you to bring non-biodegradable food donations or donate money to the Hill Country Community Ministries Food Pantry. The event is said to have raised more than $34,000 for the pantry over the past decade.
“God used the people, gifts and talents that came here to bring a message to people about his son,” Meredith said.
You can find more information about Follow the Star on its website, including ways to donate.
https://www.kxan.com/news/local/large-holiday-production-including-live-nativity-scene-kicks-off-at-cedar-park-church-thursday/ Watch the Star holiday screen start on Thursday