"The Nativity Play"
Christmas Pageant scripts
Tony "Sparx" Palermo
The Nativity Play: Pageant version is a reverent adaptation of The
Gospels of Matthew and Luke presented in "pageant" style. While a narrator tells
the Nativity story, costumed performers represent Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus,
angels, shepherds, the wise men and animals. This parade of characters also
features nine traditional Christmas carols to be sung by the cast or a
choir--and the audience. It is more than a mere reading from the Gospels
Two versions are available 1) Narration only and 2)
Narration with some character dialogue. Both feature nine suggested Christmas carols to
be interwoven with the narration/dialogue. Lyrics for these familiar songs are
provided in a separate 4-page appendix to the script. The suggested carols can
easily be skipped or other songs can be substituted in their place. This adaptation
is geared toward Christmas pageants presented by churches, Christian youth
groups and Sunday schools by performers aged 5-13.
WHAT THE SCRIPT INCLUDES:
Along with the script for my Nativity
Pageant, you get
a 7-page appendix including casting monologues, song listings and lyrics for the
suggested carols. No sheet music is provided, but the carols are all familiar
and sheet music--in a variety of keys--can easily be found through an on-line
pre-recorded backing tracks are available.
NOTE: There is NO fee per-script-copy. I send you a PDF of the full script
and you can make as many copies as needed for cast and crew—at no additional
Contact me at
letting me know which of the two versions you want: Narration only or
Narration & Dialogue. Scripts cost $15 USD. I accept credit cards via the free and secure www.Paypal.com
service. You can have the script in your hands within hours--via e-mail as a PDF file.
My script dramatizes the Nativity story of how Mary & Joseph bring the light
of Salvation to a weary world. It brings to life scenes and characters that were
merely described in the Gospels. The Nativity Pageant is a vivid
dramatization that reveals the humanity and humility of the Mary, Joseph
and Jesus--as well as the despair and longing for a Messiah by the people
of Israel. As with my popular, faithful adaptations of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol and
Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life!,
this show is suitable for all audiences, yet performable by students as well as adults. I remain true to Matthew and Luke, bringing plenty of authentic
Biblical elements--infused with a touching, Christian spiritual dimension.
TWO NATIVITY PAGEANT VERSIONS:
I offer two Christmas pageant versions of The Nativity—of differing lengths.
Below, I describe both version, so you can see what each includes or omits. Both dramatize Mary
& Joseph's life with mix reverence and humor, making for an uplifting and entertaining
The 15-minute Pageant with narration and some dialogue begins with several
shepherds lamenting life after The Fall and wishing for a Redeemer, then shifts
to Nazareth, where a pious and charitable Mary receives the Annunciation,
then--9 months later--the Journey to Bethlehem, No Room at the Inn, the Birth of
Jesus, the shepherds and the Host of Angels, the Adoration of the Magi, and a
final blessing. This pageant version runs 15
minutes in performance and features 9 familiar Christmas carols, interspersed
between and amidst the narration and dialogue. The dialogue is no
more difficult than any grade-school play.
The 10-minute Pageant version with narration only
begins with a welcoming, then proceeds through The Annunciation, then--9 months
later--the Journey to Bethlehem, No Room at the Inn, The Birth of Jesus, the
shepherds and the Host of Angels, the Adoration of the Magi and a final
blessing. This pageant version runs
10 minutes in performance and features 9 familiar Christmas carols, interspersed
"Nativity Play" Christmas
Pageant sample scripts:
Here are downloadable Christmas Pageant "Nativity Play" sample scripts, including scene excerpts and a truncated
version of the appendix:
SCRIPT SAMPLE -
PAGEANT - The Nativity Play - Narration & Dialogue version - TRUNCATED.pdf (160 KB)
SCRIPT SAMPLE - PAGEANT - The Nativity Play - Narration Only version - TRUNCATED.pdf
Throughout the Nativity play pageants, there are never more than 6 characters in a scene, so a small cast can easily perform the entire show by doubling or tripling roles. You are permitted to change the genders of characters to suit your troupe. And many roles were written to be easily played by women OR men (The Narrator, shepherds, angels, Magi, Inn-Keeper, etc.) You can employ anywhere from
6 to 30 performers.
Without doubling, the cast is 15, (1 male, 2 female, 12 male-or-female)
but you can add as many animals, shepherds, angels or travelers as you
have performers available.
||The narrator (Male/Female)
||16 year-old farm girl (F)
||Heavenly messenger to Mary (M/F)
||20 year-old carpenter (M)
||Crusty inn-keeper (M/F)
||Inn-Keeper's kindly slave (F)
||Heavenly messenger to Shepherds (M/F)
Old, wizened shepherd (M/F)
||Cynical shepherd (M/F)
||Young shepherd (M/F)
||Bleating Sheep (M/F)
||Persian Magi (M/F)
||Indian Magi (M/F)
||Assyrian Magi (M/F)
SUGGESTED CAROLS - Lyrics provided in script appendix
The included lyric sheets can be
printed separately and handed out to the audience.
Sheet music is NOT included, but can be found through on-line searches--in a variety of keys.
1) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
2) Ave Maria (verse 1 only. Sung by Angel #1 only)
3) O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
4) O Little Town of Bethlehem
5) The Coventry Carol (verse 1 only. Sung by Mary only)
6) Away in A Manger
7) The First Noel (verse 1 only)
8) Angels We Have Heard On High
9) The First Noel (verses 2 & 3 only)
10) O Come All Ye
Any of these songs can be skipped, or
other songs can be easily substituted.
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Once your payment has
been received, I will e-mail you a PDF file of the full script. You can
make as many photo-copies of the script as you need for your cast and