Nativity parade Nov. 25 in Berlin

Nativity parade Nov. 25 in Berlin

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It’s that time of year again when you may see camels, shepherds and angels roaming the streets of Berlin, and the village is gearing up to celebrate the greatest gift of mankind, the birth of Jesus.

The Berlin Area Merchants invite people to join them Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving, to celebrate the start of this Christmas season with a live nativity parade and candlelighting ceremony.

The parade will feature Mary and Joseph, the three wise men, carolers in horse-drawn wagons, angels, shepherds, and live animals such as camels, sheep, goats, donkeys and horses, all donated by The Farm at Walnut Creek. Attendees also may encounter Frosty and the Gingerbread Man dancing and giving candy to children along the street.

The parade will begin at 5:45 p.m. at the Berlin Village Gift Barn and conclude at the stage at the center of town, where the candlelighting ceremony will be held and “The Christmas Story” will be read by Larry Kaufman.

This is the 24th year for Christmas in Berlin.

“It started with a few merchants standing in the street corner singing Christmas carols and has grown in leaps and bounds since then,” said Elsie Sommer, owner of Sommer’s General Store.

Now Berlin sees thousands of visitors every year for this event, and some make it an annual appointment on their calendar, driving many miles and returning year after year.

The merchants have once again partnered with several women in the community in sponsoring Operation Christmas Child, serving hot chocolate, coffee and cookies, all for a donation and with 100% of the proceeds going to sponsor Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. These boxes help children all over the world, bringing school supplies, hygiene items and a small gift.

Every year these women travel to Charlotte, North Carolina with a motorcoach full of volunteers to help prepare shoeboxes to be sent overseas. Operation Christmas Child is a division of Samaritan’s Purse, a ministry started in 1970 and headed up by Franklin Graham, son of Rev. Billy Graham. For more information on motorcoach tours going to Samaritan’s Purse, call Marilyn Shrock at 330-893-2546.

The Berlin Area Merchants wish everyone a Merry Christmas.