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PHOTO GALLERY: Centralia churches host living Nativity tour

Saturday, December 17, 2011 | 9:29 p.m. CST

The town of Centralia went thousands of years back in time Saturday night as nine churches hosted a living Nativity tour. The event featured depictions of major events from the first Christmas as well as a cappella renditions of popular carols.

Dan Rhoades, right, shows a new lamb to Will Mathew, 9, left, and Ben Ray, 10, before the start of the living Nativity event in Centralia on Saturday. The three were part of a group of actors playing shepherds and watching over several pens of sheep.
Debbie Bruce, and her daughter Marie, walk their donkey, Fred, across Sneed St. to the living Nativity event in downtown Centralia on Saturday. Mary and Joseph walked Fred through the event for two hours before he became stubborn and refused to move for the last hour.
From left, Jeff Breedlove, Tom Nelson and Russ Greene, performing as the three wise men, sing "We Three Kings of Orient Are" at one of several stops on the living Nativity tour on Saturday. Different pieces of the Christmas story were acted out around City Square Park in downtown Centralia.
Visitors to Centralia's living Nativity tour watch Bobby Fischer as he portrays King Herod on Saturday. Fischer's booming voice could be heard throughout the City Square Park.
Singers portraying a choir of angels perform Saturday at the end of the living Nativity in downtown Centralia. The musicians and other performers came from a variety of churches in the Centralia area.
Travis Miller watches the living Nativity on Saturday with his daughter, Anna. Hundreds of people showed up for the performance in Centralia, with lines stretching down the street and around the corner.
A crowd watches the final scene Saturday in Centralia's living Nativity. Josh Admire, center, helped create the event and was one of several people playing the role of the angel Gabriel.

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