Live Nativity Pageant

With Musical Performances

You are invited to join us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ through a live re-enactment of the Christmas story featuring animals from the zoo.  The twenty minute pageant will be presented 3 times each evening.  Live musical performances before and after each pageant will be provided by local churches and performing arts groups.


Cost: FREE

Canned Food Drive: We will be collecting non-perishable foods to help families in need. (optional)

Where: Metro Richmond Zoo – Outdoors (dress for the weather)

Date: December 21, 22 & 23

Gates Open: 6:15 pm

Pageant Times: 7:00, 7:45, and 8:30 pm

Music Times:  Musical Performance Schedule

Food: Krispy Kreme doughnuts and hot chocolate will be sold at a nominal fee to benefit local charities

Parking: Overflow Parking is at Grange Hall Elementary school with free shuttle service to the zoo

History: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son..”  Each Christmas season we offer this pageant as a gift to the community to celebrate Christ’s birth.  2015 marks the 13th year of the Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Zoo.  It has become a Christmas tradition for many families.  We invite you and your family to join us this year.


The Miracle of Christmas – Live at the Zoo is sponsored by
the Metro Richmond Zoo and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Additional Sponsors

 We are the grateful recipients of the Gift of Light.

Zoo Early Closure Notice  On Dec 21 - 23 the Zoo will close early at 4:00 pm

See everyone line up LIVE

Meet actors and live animals after each performance





Musical Performance Schedule

Dec 21st Dec 22nd Dec 23rd
Interlude Singers Suzanne Lawson, Soloist Arianne Barrus, Soloist Chelsey and Whitney Gregory, Duet
6:30 pm Branches Baptist Festival Bell Ringers &
Bells of Second Branch Baptist Church
Richmond Men’s Choir Chester United Methodist Church
7:30 pm Young Midlothian Singers Manchester Ward &
Farmville Branch Children’s Choir
Richmond LDS Mission Choir
8:15 pm Mormon Chorale  Bagpipers Kevin Dunn and Mark Hite
from Hampton Sydney College
Chesterfield Baptist Choir

If you would like to participate as a future performing artist, please send all inquiries to

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