Take the Nativity trail

Christmas Mime 2012 EMN-141119-145531001
Christmas Mime 2012 EMN-141119-145531001
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Amongst the glitter, lights and tinsel of Market Rasen’s Christmas lights switch-on and Mayor’s Charity evening will be the traditional Christmas story.

If you remember the previous inter-church productions of The Crucifixion or The Christmas Mime - watched by hundreds of people in the town’s Market Place - you will know Market Rasen is a county leader in pioneering seasonal drama.

And this Christmas is no exception because the Market Place will again witness a premiere event.

Visitors to the festive event on Friday December 5 will be invited to ‘Follow the Star’.

Town Mayor John Matthews had asked Market Rasen New Life Church if they would put on a “nativity” as part of the evening, so they have prepared a six-stage Nativity Trail.

The walk through event, called Follow the Star, will be based in and around the auction shed.

“As far as we know, this is the first time something like this has been done in the area,” said Director, Paul Hiley.

“We are aiming to re-tell the Christmas story in a unique and engaging way, but do turn up early because we can only accommodate a maximum of 100 visitors between 5pm and 7.30pm.”

Visitors will be invited in groups of four to eight to seek a star in each of the Christmas scenes.

And when they find their star, it will activate a moving, interactive spectacle which organisers hope will both “thrill and inform”.

Along the trail, they will be introduced to Mary in her bedroom, Joseph in his workshop, two shepherds out in the fields and the servant of three kings, who will help them discover the King of Kings – the very heart of Christmas.

“Characters in Biblical costume will come to life in amazing ways,” said New Life Youth Development worker, Rhona Sheppard, who is overseeing the set construction.

It will take about 10 minutes for a group to complete the trail and there will be small gifts along the way and at the end.

“Our aim is to get the essence of the nativity story across in an original and exciting way,” added Mr. Hiley.

“There will be no entrance fee. We are honoured to be able to do this.”

And for those unable to make it to the market place on December 5, “Follow the Star” will be repeated in The Festival Hall on Sunday December 14 at 11am.

For more information call 01673 849941 or pick up a flyer around the town.

The Mayor’s Charity Evening runs from 4pm to 8pm, with seasonal songs from schoolchildren and music from the town band, plus stalls and games, and the switching on of the town’s Christmas Lights at 6pm.

And the festivities continue the following day, Saturday December 6, with the MR BIG Christmas Market from 9am.