The 57th Annual Nativity Christmas Pageant will take place on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 7:00pm, beginning in front of the Norwich Town (Tracy) Hall, Main Street, Norwich, VT.
Everyone is invited to this traditional walking, carol-singing pilgrimage re-enacting Mary and Joseph's journey to the manger, according to the Nativity story. From Tracy Hall, Joseph leads a donkey carrying Mary to The Norwich Inn; the procession follows. The inn-keeper tells them there is no room at the Inn and sends them to a nearby stable. Along the way, a multitude of Angels bring good tidings to a group of shepherds. The journey continues to the stable where the nativity scene is complete with sheep and oxen. It concludes with the arrival of the three Wise Men bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
The Norwich High School Seniors play the roles of Mary, Joseph, the Angels, Shepherds and Wise Men. The role of baby Jesus is played by one of the town's newest residents.
Gifts of non-perishable food or clothing for the Haven are welcome and can be brought to the Pageant (presented at the manger) or left in a collection box in Tracy Hall. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and bring flashlight or headlamp. Songbooks are distributed.
Following the Pageant, everyone is invited to the Norwich Inn for hot cocoa, cookies and more caroling with piano accompaniment (co-sponsored by The Norwich Inn and Norwich Recreational Council.) Dan & Whit's is selling the children's book "The Norwich Vermont Christmas Pageant" by our local author Marty James, holiday greeting cards with Pageant scenes painted by local artists and the Norwich Pageant puzzle; all proceeds help pay for Pageant expenses.