Nativity Story Scripts

Creative new scripts to tell the story of the nativity this Christmas as you celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Give The Gift Back: A Christmas Play

This play begins by portraying the typical “manger story” telling of Christmas in a sort of tongue in cheek way. A Wiseman is picking his nose, the shepherds are “baaaaing” too loudly and Joseph almost drops baby Jesus, to name just a few. The audience is led to believe that they are actually watching what they came to watch. But soon the action turns not to the Christmas pageant play they just witnessed but to the players and what Christmas Eve looks like in their homes when the show is over and exactly where the Christmas spirit can be found when the manger is put into storage for another year.

  • Actors: 10
  • Minutes: 25-30

Come to the Manger

Want an engaging and memorable children’s Christmas play with lots and lots of adorable children without the hassle of rehearsing an engaging and memorable Christmas play with lots and lots of adorable children? Look no further! This script is designed to be a spontaneous Christmas pageant for any child in attendance who wants to participate! Attendees walk in the door, no children’s rehearsals needed, and get to choose which character in the Christmas story they want to play and go up on stage and help tell the story of the birth of Jesus! Further enrich your event with crafts and activities, costume making and reflection times! So, join in and Come to the Manger in an engaging and entertaining and easier way this Christmas!

  • Actors: 7+
  • Minutes: 15

Tonight, We’ll Improvise

The story about the coming of our Savior using whoever and whatever is available to you on stage. Perfect for a Christmas Eve service!

  • Actors: 1
  • Minutes: 6

Stable Mabel

Mabel may be the lead goose in this barn, but tonight her stable environment is shaking with the news that a new baby king may have to be born here. As she and her animal friends scramble to prepare the place, their efforts are sabotaged by a couple of the bullying King’s Horses - pretty ponies who will do anything to keep a new king from coming onto the scene. This script comes with promotional slides and bulletin artwork.

  • Actors: 8
  • Minutes: 30

Stirring Up The Animals

It’s late at night in the barn and the animals are all excited! A baby was born and they were there to greet the newborn King. This script is perfect for your Christmas Eve service or for a Children’s Sermon.

  • Actors: 5
  • Minutes: 4-6 minutes

A Very Martian Christmas

When three Martians crash after a brush with a shooting star, they land on Earth, at Christmas, right in the middle of a church Nativity Play and think that what they are seeing is actually taking place.

  • Actors: 10+
  • Minutes: 6

Casting Call: A Christmas Play

This Christmas Play is a series of casting calls for different parts in the Living Nativity which include the parts for Mary, Joseph, Wise Men and more (7 total). Read the preview and watch the video below to see how this play can be modified to fit your service. This Play includes: Scripts, Artwork and sample performance videos. You can optionally purchase the individual parts below under related items.

  • Actors: 9
  • Minutes: Approximately 50 minutes

A Modern Day Christmas Experience

A modern day version of the popular family program The Christmas Experience. Includes sometimes dramatic, often funny, contemporary versions of the events leading up to Jesus’ birth. The audience journeys to three different settings where three short plays are performed, then gathers for singing, a present day version of the Nativity, a short message, and candle-lighting.

  • Actors: 18+

Naïve TV

A naïve youth group rediscovers the meaning of Christmas while reenacting the Nativity.

  • Actors: 6+
  • Minutes: 7

Stable Relationships: Collection

This collection of all 4 Stable Relationships scripts includes “The Innkeeper and His Wife”, “Mary and Joseph”, “Shepherds” and “The Wise Men”. Use these scripts in your church service leading up to Christmas or perform all 4 with music in between for your Christmas Eve service.


The Thought That Counts

The Davidson family has the perfect plan for winning the annual Christmas yard decorating contest: a live nativity scene, with themselves in the lead roles. It would all be working just beautifully…if only they could get their Jesus to look a little more real.

  • Actors: 8+
  • Minutes: 14

Our Chaos, His Peace

Mr. Johnson helps the Director bring to life this year’s Christmas Pageant as he insists that the stable’s atmosphere wasn’t noiseless and calm.

  • Actors: 8+
  • Minutes: 5

Away From a Manger

This is a fun and interactive play with a “choose your own ending” for the audience!

Characters of a church Christmas pageant are thrown into investigative turmoil as their “baby Jesus” nursery doll comes up missing after an untimely power outage. Accusations soar and secrets are revealed as the cast sets out to find the true ‘leading role’ before the curtain opens!

This play has about 35-40 minutes of dialogue. Times will vary when being used as a dinner theatre.

  • Actors: 9
  • Minutes: 35

The Innkeeper’s Dilemma (Original Version)

This drama tells the story of Stuart, an innkeeper, and his quest to find meaning in his life. Along the way he encounters some shepherds, a wiseman, and his family who help him see that God has provided purpose in the little baby that has been born in the stable.

  • Actors: 7
  • Minutes: 20-25 minutes