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By Kent Larsen

LDS Church Goes With Large In New Plaza Creches

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The LDS Church is following dozens of local LDS congregations and has created a display of Christmas Creches from around the world. But the Church's display is also very different from these displays; instead of hundreds of creches, the Church's display, on its new main street plaza, has just four, the creches were created by Church-commissioned artisans, while those in other displays were generally purchased or made by private individuals, and the figures in the creche's are much larger than usual -- 2 feet (.6 meters) to 4 feet (1.2 meters) high.

For more than 30 years the Church has included a life-sized nativity on Temple Square as part of its Christmas decorations. The purchase and construction of the controversial main street plaza has allowed the Church to be more creative, leading Church employee Christena Gates, who is in charge of the plaza's decorations, to commission the work from different artisans.

The display includes nativities from Poland, Alaska's Tlinket tribe, Japan and from Africa. The Salt Lake Tribune article gives descriptions of each creche.

Meanwhile, list members have told Mormon News about three additional displays in Ojai, Upland and Santa Rosa, California, which we have added to our list of possible displays (see below). Additions or corrections to our list are welcome.

List of Creche Exhibit locations:

Tempe, Arizona

Aliso Viejo, California
La Crescenta, California
Ojai, California
Orange County, California
Palo Alto, California
Santa Rosa, CA
Thousand Oaks, California
Upland, CA Stake

Boulder, Colorado

Washington, DC

Grantville, Georgia

Columbus, Indiana

Adrian, Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Howell, Michigan
Livonia, Michigan
Midland, Michigan


Las Vegas, Nevada

Hampton, New Hampshire

Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Columbus, Ohio
Liberty Township, Ohio

Corvallis, Oregon
Forest Grove, Oregon
Medford, Oregon

State College, Pennsylvania

Bedford, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

Midway, Utah
Providence, Utah
Provo, Utah (BYU Art Museum)
Provo, Utah

Franklin, Virginia
Oakton, Virginia

Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

Burns Lake, B.C., Canada
Chilliwack, B.C., Canada
Horsefly, B.C., Canada
Kamloops, B.C., Canada
Kelowna, B.C., Canada
Penticton, B.C., Canada
Powell River, B.C., Canada
Prince George, B.C., Canada
Salmon Arm, B.C., Canada
Vernon, B.C., Canada
White Rock, B.C., Canada


The World at the Plaza: Main Street nativities reflect the global diversity of LDS Church
Salt Lake Tribune 9Dec00 N1
By Peggy Fletcher Stack: Salt Lake Tribune

SR Church Gathers 500 Creches
Santa Rosa Press Democrat 1Dec00 D1
By George Lauer: The Press Democrat
Mormons use a Victorian Christmas theme to display international nativity scenes

See also:

Creches, Lights, Choirs Are Public Face of Mormon Christmas


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