Drive-thru Christmas: Visitors to see nativity from the comfort of their front seats on Dec. 21
by Iris Garrett
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A volunteer with Life Church in Smyrna helps set up decorations for the Drive-thru Nativity that will be available for visitors on Dec. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. For one night only, the church will transform its parking lot into the town of Bethlehem allowing drivers to witness the birth of Jesus Christ from the convenience of their cars. <br> Staff/Iris Garrett
A volunteer with Life Church in Smyrna helps set up decorations for the Drive-thru Nativity that will be available for visitors on Dec. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. For one night only, the church will transform its parking lot into the town of Bethlehem allowing drivers to witness the birth of Jesus Christ from the convenience of their cars.
Staff/Iris Garrett
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The church decorates for Christmas.
The church decorates for Christmas.
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Cobb County residents can mark their calendars for a special event hosted by Life Church in Smyrna. Now for the fifth year, the church is offering the community a firsthand look into the real meaning of Christmas — and in the comfort of their front seats with a Drive-thru Nativity on Dec. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.

For one night only, the church will transform its parking lot into the town of Bethlehem allowing drivers to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ from the convenience of their cars.

Families can sip complimentary hot chocolate while they view lights, animals and more.

“It’s a beautiful setup,” said Christian Salzillo, Life’s youth pastor of over two years.

Drivers can look forward to not only donkeys, sheep and a llama, but also the sounds of carols sung by the church’s choir. They will be treated to candy canes too. The entire activity is expected to last around 10 minutes.

“If you can take 10 minutes to drive thru a parking lot to unwind, to unplug and just take a minute to think about Christmas ... it’s an amazing thing to do,” Salzillo said.

Organizers say there might be heavy traffic at the nativity.

“Hundreds will drive thru ... simply because they see all the energy going on,” Salzillo said.

The church, adjacent to South Cobb Drive, is in the perfect position to attract families from surrounding neighborhoods.

Life Church is also spreading holiday cheer with its Christmas program and dinner theater next month, but the drive-thru nativity is one of its bigger events and holds special meaning.

“We’ve had a good response. People really love it, and we enjoy doing it ... that’s the reason we do it,” said Dyke Verkerk, Life’s senior associate pastor.

The church hopes this event will engage the community in seeking the real reason for the season,

“It’s just an opportunity to remember why we celebrate what we do this time of year,” Salzillo said.
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