Putting up Christmas lights, decorating the tree, cooking favorite recipes and giving gifts are all special traditions during the holiday season. Among these traditions, the city of Midway hosts two free, annual events for the local community. Midway’s Swiss Christmas and Interfaith Creche Exhibit are helping kick off the celebrations this weekend.
The 13th annual Interfaith Creche Exhibit is being held today through Monday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Homestead Resort in downtown Midway. The exhibit will feature nativities from all over the world. There will be creches from all cultures, from many different churches and from many countries on display, free of cost. Local community members have contributed by lending their personal nativities for display.
“It is a very important tradition to continue in our community,” said Lisa Candland, event coordinator for the exhibit. “We have been doing it for years.”
This treasured annual exhibit started in the home of a woman and has become such a widespread event that it has moved through several venues to accommodate the large amount of visitors. This is the first year the display will be in the Homestead and not in a home or church building.
Live entertainment, crafts for children — including decorating gingerbread houses and cookies, nativity photographs and food will all be offered at the event.
“Many have donated their time to help and donated their creches to make this a great event with contributions from the whole community,” said Bonny Watson, chair of events for A Midway Christmas.
The other annual event, Swiss Christmas, will be held today and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. in the Midway Historic Town Hall and Community Center. Forty-five vendors have been selected to sell crafts and gifts for every item on any Christmas list. Vendors were selected based on uniqueness, affordability and quality. There will be live entertainment both days, featuring local groups and several Grammy nominees.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus, dressed in traditional Victorian outfits, will be arriving from noon-2 p.m. on Saturday to talk with children at Swiss Christmas.
“We are hoping to bring the spirit of Christmas, celebrate the birth of the Savior and start the Christmas season off right,” Candland said.
For more information visit midwaychristmas.com.