“We stumbled upon this and were mesmerized by the lights and all the nativities,” says Diane from Montgomery, Ohio. “It’s beautiful! It’s so Christmassy and it really pulled us into the season.”

For many, A Franciscan Christmas is a holiday tradition full of meaning and fun all thanks to the devotion and hard work of Br. Tim Sucher, OFM, who has collected dozens of nativities since childhood.

St. Francis of Assisi invented the nativity scene in 1223 to emphasize God’s love for humanity so it’s no wonder that the Franciscans continue to share the incarnation of Christ with the world.

But, A Franciscan Christmas also has a Santa collection, Trains, and a Greater Metropolitan Area Dickens’ Display.

Recently Br. Chris Meyer, OFM, captured the reactions of the crowd in video interviews with questions from Toni Cashnelli, Director of Communications.

“I love all of the Santas, that was my favorite part,” says Annie from Chicago.

“We live in the neighborhood, we love coming over here, we come every year,” says Steve. “This guy’s favorite (my son) is the trains, but I really love all the nativity creches from all around the world, it’s really interesting.”

A Franciscan Christmas continues with an outdoor Live Nativity right around the corner at St. Francis Seraph Church.

Celebrate with the friars at the Open House on Friday, December 27, 6:00 pm – midnight. Complimentary appetizers by friary chef Debra Zimmer. Cash bar of Moerlein beer on tap, wine and soft drinks.

For directions, dates and times to A Franciscan Christmas click here.