Free Christmas Plays for Children “The Birth of Jesus”

Here is a simple kids Christmas skit for church. You can download, print, and use with your children’s choir. Like all our resources this is 100% free for you to use in your children’s ministry. This pageant is written directly from the Bible, only adding songs and direction for the actors. There are no speaking parts for the actors, only a narrator. The narration is indicated by being in italics. Please leave a comment below with any suggestions or to let us know how you used our Christmas play in your church. You can also check out our other free Christmas plays.

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Ages: This pageant has been used with a preschool ages 1-5 year olds as well as a children’s church ages 2 – 5th grade.

Costumes: These can be as simple or as extravagant as you want them to be. We have used large t-shirts for all of the children (in different colors) when we were on a very little budget. The first year, we didn’t even have a budget, so we asked all of the parents to donate a large t-shirt (they were more than happy to do that). We have also bought cheap white flat sheets, had the children watercolor on them and then cut them up for all of the head dresses. Yarn can be braided to make belts, cardboard can be cut and painted for wings, tree glitter garland can be used to make halos and Burger King still has crowns! Be creative and have the children help make their costumes!

Props: Just like the costumes, can be as simple or as extravagant as you want them to be. We have used large cardboard boxes and sheets to cover up the equipments on the stage with a simple “Bethlehem” sign. Don’t forget Baby Jesus!!!

Songs: We used a CD with children’s voices. We gave the Sunday School teachers a CD with the just the songs that the children will be singing so that they could practice. We played the CD with the children’s voices with our children singing. We have done this with 60 1-5 year olds and 30 2 year old-5th graders and we could ALWAYS hear our children over the CD. It just helped our children feel more confident in their singing if we played the CD with the voices. Don’t worry about not being able to hear your children.

Narration: We opted to have a person in the balcony with a microphone, over pre-taping the narration. This way, she could watch the children and make sure that they were in their places before she went on. This also gave something for the children to look at when they got nervous.

Direction: Someone stood beside the Narrator to help remind the children where they were to go. We also had helpers on both sides of the church to help the children down the aisles.

Practices: Since we gave the CD to the Sunday School teachers for the children to practice the singing during class on Sundays, we didn’t need to practice much. We gave the narrator their parts about a month early so that they were comfortable with them and we had the children (who had individual moving parts) practice during class. This helped us only need 1 dress rehearsal on a Saturday morning for 2 hours. We were able to run through the pageant 2 times and then have Happy Birthday, Jesus party to celebrate afterwards!

Just remember, the parents are looking at their child and how great they are up on stage! Our goal is to share the Good News of Jesus’ Birth with others!


CHARACTERS LIST:

  • Narrator
  • Mary
  • Joseph
  • Main Angel
  • Angels (usually all of the little girls)
  • Shepherds (usually all of the little boys)
  • Sheep (optional – depending on if you have enough children)
  • Wisemen (they need gifts)
  • Stars (usually the littlest of your children)
  • Star Holder (this person holds up a star and leads the wisemen in)
  • Registrar (optional – this part was added because there was a child
    who needed a part)
  • Innkeeper (optional – this part was added because there was a child who needed a part)

Christmas Play Script

** As the parents are entering, play a Christmas CD for background music.

CHILDREN’S MINISTER WELCOMES THE PARENTS AND STARTS WITH AN OPENING PRAYER

“Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” will be playing in the background.

Registrar will walk to stage right
Innkeeper will walk to stage left

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to his own town to register.

Joseph and Mary walk on stage to the Registrar

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

Joseph and Mary walk across the stage to the Innkeeper

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Innkeeper shakes head “no”

Joseph and Mary walk to center stage, sit in chairs and pull out baby Jesus from underneath one of the chairs.

“It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” will be playing in the background.
?Main Angel will come in and stand stage left
Shepherds (and sheep) come in and stand (kneel) in front of angel

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

All children on stage will sing “Away in a Manger”

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” will be playing in the background.

Angels will come in and stand with the Main Angel

Suddenly a great company of heavenly hosts appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

Shepherds go see Jesus

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

All on stage will sing “Joy to the World”

Angels, Registrar and Innkeeper will sit down
King will go where the Angels were

“We Three Kings” will be playing in the background

Wisemen and Star Holder will go to see the King

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born the king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” Jesus was a king for all people and one day every knee will bow before him.

Stars come in and stand in front

All on stage will sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”

Stars will sit down on stage
Star holder will walk over and hold the star over Mary and Joseph
Wisemen will walk slowly over to Mary and Joseph

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.

Wisemen bow down to baby Jesus and give their gifts

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” which means,…

“God with us.” (all children will say with narrator)


Comments

  1. Lola otuyalo says

    Thank you so much for all these great ideas,I actually love the Christmas play script.God bless you as you make our work easier and fulfilling as we minister to these children.

  2. says

    I would like to thank you for sharing christmas play with our kids in there woman group ministry in vancouver bc may our God be bless

  3. Evelyn says

    Wanted to add that we adapted this to our group due to time, space. etc, so we won’t be doing the music. Also, to make the part of the wisemen more Biblical, we will have Mary, Joseph and Jesus move to the other side of the stage area, without the manger, with Jesus sitting up in Mary’s lap when the wisemen visit.

  4. Evelyn says

    Thank you for writing this play and allowing us to use it for free. It is just what I was looking for..simple, biblical, and easy to do. We are actually using this for kid’s who attend a church sponsored Bible club in a poor neighborhood. We are excited as the families in the whole neighborhood are invited to a Christmas party where the kids who attend the Bible club will do the play. Thanks again. God Bless you!!

  5. Flora Shindika says

    I am so thankful for this wonderful play, I am looking forward to cooperate with the children and church as a whole to make this play a success to glorify God. I added 2 parts at the very beginning of the play, one when Angel visited Mary and the other one when he visited Joseph. I will try to use Christmas songs from our Swahili Song book that have the similar contet/meaning to the ones you have indicated, but “oh little town of Bethlehem” and “Joy to the World” will sing the way they are only translate the worlds in Swahili. I will give you the feedback via e-mail and if things go well will send you the video after Christmas. Thank you so much for the great idea and God bless you.
    Flora Shindika from Tanzania, East Africa

  6. Rose Westre says

    Thank you for the play. It’s simple and it covers the Christmas story very well. Our kids are excited to be to participate. God bless you for your inspiration and for sharing it with us.

  7. Julia says

    Thanks for the great play and for generously making it available for free. I liked that it was taken from the Bible (Luke) and had Christmas carols spread throughout. I’m looking forward to doing it this year with my Sunday School class.

  8. jeri mansur says

    every year we do a chrismas play for our family and friends but every year we have no idea what were doing we usally just do it as we go but this year with this play I just think that this year is going to the best we have ever done so Ijust want to say thank you so thank you very much for this chrismas play I think it is the best one Ived seen please dont E-mail me thank you

  9. Jane says

    In Luke, Chapter 2, God lets us know that Mary and Joseph went to register and (while they were there) the time came for the baby to be born, she wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because thre was no guest room available for them. Knowing that Jesus was about to be born, they were probably going to stay with relatives there but everyone having to go to their own town to register, there was no room for them to stay in the upper room. The animals were kept in the lower rooms but it never mentioned stables. Also the wise men were not there at the birth of Jesus. Jesus was probably 40 days to 2 years old. Matthew 2:1 says after jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea Magi from the east came. They were not even said to be kings. They studied the stars and medicine. Also it did not say how many of them that they were. Please read the Bible and not go by what you hear. God’s word is awesome and he will give you wisdom if you ask.

  10. Shirley says

    Thank you for sharing this play with our Children’s Church. This was the first one we have attempted, and it was a success! We made outfits for each of the children. There were 30 in all. We did have children say some of the phrases that were meant for the narrator. Also, at the very end we added the song “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”. Thanks again!

  11. Evang. Joanne Wesley says

    I thank you so very much for sharing the true Christmas story with the children at our church it will be ablessing to be able to present them in this play, I know you came from Luke and I also read Matthew and I said I need some from both but I was so glad to find this website. again Thank you

  12. Abi says

    You gave a wonderful gift to us by sharing this wonderful resource that we could use this Christmas in our kids presentation. Thank you!

  13. Shelley Frost says

    Thank you for this play. It’s just what we need for our small Sunday School and young participants.

  14. bertha says

    i love it how simple all of this! i was absolutely shocked when i saw it was
    really free! other companies say its free but they only give half the info
    and you haveone to buy the ending part or give u a boring play and brief you better but you have to buy…….and from a church company

  15. Bridgett Green says

    You have been a blessing to the members of Resurrection Body of Christ. We appreciate you for sharing your play with us. It has set the foundation for an awsome play that I know the kids and adults will love. Thanks for your hospitality!

  16. Valarie says

    I would like to thank you for sharing your Christmas play with me and the children of my church. I Love how everything is laid out, I know thy will love it. Thanks again for your generosity.

    God Bless

  17. deborah holan says

    I want to say thank you for sharing this play. This is perfect for the children’s mission group ,because it is at their level of understanding. The play is simple, but the message is so clear. Also , thank you for helping me for i have never did anything like this before, you have step by step instructions and prop suggestions . This will leave a positive imprint in the minds of all who are involved. May God ‘s grace shine on your ministry now and forever

  18. Ali says

    Thank you so much! In my church I’m the one that plans what the kids do in the Christmas Eve program. This year I’ve decided that they should do a play! The only thing I’m changing is the song “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” to “The First Noel” (the 2nd verse only!!). :)

  19. Garret says

    I really appreciate this program. It has unfortunately been a long time since we have been able to have such a program. So we are so excited about this year’s opportunity. Be able to use something simple, easy to follow and prepare will make this an even better experience. God bless.

  20. Fresca says

    I’m in China right now doing ESL part time teaching in King’s Academy, I’m so grateful to know your website. We will have Christmas presentation this December so thanks a lot for this ready script.May God’s grace and more blessings be abound your ministry always.

  21. Gilda S. Williams says

    I want to thank you for allowing me to use your Christmas Story play for the children at our church. The step by step instructions were just perfect as we have less than two weeks to plan. Again, I want to thank you very much.

  22. Andrea Curtis says

    I love it! This is simple, concise, and easy to introduce. Thanks for saving me the guesswork. Most of all, it is about Christ!

  23. Elizabeth Rogge says

    This looks perfect for our church’s Christmas Eve program…with 15 children. Where can we get a CD?
    Thank you for your ministry!

  24. says

    Thank you for your help. This just makes an extremely busy Pastor’s wife very happy. I appreciate this simple approach and less practice approach. God Bless your ministry!

  25. Kondi says

    Thank you! What a Christmas play, it brings back the spirit of Christmas, its what we need for our first Christmas Play…ever in our four year old Parish of in the City of Pretoria!
    Kondi Tshivhase, Pretoria – South Africa

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