“Super Christmas” Printable Script

Public domain image via Wikimedia. Still frame from the animated cartoon "Superman: Billion Dollar Limited" (1942).

** The play was written by Vanessa Unti.  She is a student at Western Washington University and the Youth Minister at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Bellingham, WA.

We hope you enjoy this skit we call “A Super Christmas.” It’s about a group of famous super heroes who discover that while Baby Jesus did come to save the world, he won’t be stealing their jobs! It was performed by a group of teenagers and adults at our 5pm Family Christmas Eve Worship in lieu of a sermon. The author has agreed to share/provide the script as a free resource on Ministry To Children. Please leave a comment below if you want to share your appreciation for the creator of this script.

A Super Christmas

Characters:  Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Hulk, Batman, Cat Woman,  Mary, Joseph, 2 Shepherds

 There is a huddle of Super Heroes DSC. They create a semi circle, and are busily talking loud and frantic.

Superman; ORDER! ORDER! I call this meeting of Superheroes to order!

The group is quieted with groans.

Superman: As some of you have heard, there is a rumor going around that a new superhero is coming to earth. They say that he is coming to save the world, and that he receives his powers from the big G – O – D.

 

Hulk: I have heard the same thing! What does this mean!? WE save the Earth. WE have been here for years! What does this guy think he is doing?

Wonder Woman: Do we even know who this guy or WOMAN is? Doesn’t he know that that is our job?

Batman: I have heard that this G-O-D guy means real business. Apparently he has a connection with all of us. He says the he loves the world so much that he is going to give us his SON. This new superhero, is here to save the world from the villain SIN.

Spiderman: Who is this SIN? I don’t know this evil villain? Cat Woman, is he one of your arch nemeses?

Cat Woman: No. I don’t know him, but I know that I could take him down and probably better than this new guy.

Superman: OK OK, let’s calm down everyone. We don’t know if this guy is going to take our jobs. He might be here to help us, as well as the rest of the world.

Hulk: Well I don’t need any help! Didn’t you see me crush that bad guy last week? I saved a bus full of school children… with one hand!

Batman raises a hand for a high-five.

Batman: I did see that man! You were awesome, but I think that next time you could…

Cat Woman: Woah. Slow down guys. Let’s focus on this new guy. We can share our glory stories later!

Spiderman: Do we know when this new guy is supposed to show up?

Wonder Woman: I’ve heard as early as Christmas Day. That’s tomorrow!?

Hulk: NO WAY. Christmas can’t be tomorrow!? Is it really Christmas Eve?

WW: Yes, Hulk, tomorrow… I think the muscles are cutting off circulation to your brain.

Batman: This means we have to act fast! We have to find this guy, learn what his weaknesses are, and find out his enemies… AGGGH… What if he has a SIDEKICK? We have so much to do…

Superman: Well then we better start tracking this big guy down.

Superheroes Exit

 

Mary and Joseph walk DSR

Mary: I am so tired; can’t we just book a room somewhere? I am so tired of this walking thing.

Joseph: [irritated] Only a little bit farther love. I’m sorry that every Holiday Inn was full, but I didn’t know we would be traveling this deep into the holiday season!

Mary: Don’t get huffy at me! I didn’t ask if I wanted to flee my home, or if I wanted to become the mother of God’s son!

Joseph: Yes, dear. I know. How did that happen again? You were so frightened when you came to me.

Mary: Well an angel came from God to me in Nazareth. He told me to get excited because God chose me to bear his son. I am to call him, Jesus. I was so scared, but then the angel said do not be frightened for this means that God will always be with me. I’m still nervous and unsure about this whole thing. What if I’m not right? What if I’m not going to be a good mother to GOD’S son?

Joseph: Mary, Mary, Mary! Stop you’re worrying, and breathe. God chose you for a reason, and he chose me as your husband for a reason. (Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself.

Superheroes swarm from USL. Looking under things, behind things, under cloaks etc.

Superman: Well, we haven’t found him yet. This superhero sure knows how to hide himself. Or maybe he is in a disguise

Hulk: (Lifts a large object (ie house)) I have turned over everything, and he sure isn’t hiding under anything.

WW: HULK. PUT THAT DOWN. Do you really think the man who saves the world would be hiding under a ______?

Catwoman: I’m tired of looking. Maybe he has weakness, like Tuna, or catnip, or those little squeaky mice, or those darn little balls of light that you NEVER can catch!

Batman: Woah, down kitty. Um, we don’t know that stuff yet. Maybe these fine people have heard something about him. I’ll go ask.

Batman starts walking, then Superman puts out his arm and strides ahead.

Superman: (clears his throat) Ahem, excuse me you fine citizens but do you happen to know of a new superhero?

Mary: A new superhero? No? Joseph have you?

Joseph: (shocked) No way. Are you really SUPERMAN. (squeal) Oh my goodness, and Wonder Woman, and the Hulk, and and and and…

Mary: Oh get a hold of yourself! No, we haven’t. Do you know of place where we could stay? Apparently all the inns are full.

Spiderman: I know a man down the road who has a nice stable. You could ask if he knows of a place.

Joseph: (still in shock) Wow, you guys are all my heroes. You save the world, like EVERYDAY. And you’re here. Right now. (Squeal)

Hulk: (brushes his shoulders) Yes, we know. We are pretty powerful.

All superheroes begin striking fierce poses

 

WW: Oh my! Miss, are you pregnant?

Mary: Yes, I’m due almost any day. It may even be tonight.

Catwoman: Oh there is nothing better than a baby.

Superman: Oh I hope we run into you again, I would love to hold your baby.

Hulk: Me too, I love to rock babies to sleep.

Spiderman: And you’re sure you don’t crush them? (Laughs to himself)

Mary has a look of terror on her face

Mary: Yes, yes that would be nice. I’m sure I will need all the help I can get.

Joseph: You, you, you, would come see us AGAIN? Oh wow.

Faints. Supported by a superhero.

WW: (Ignoring Joseph) Do you know if it’s a boy or a girl? What are you going to name him?

Mary: It’s a boy, and his name shall be Jesus.

The superheroes give content sighs.

Joseph is revived.

 

Mary: Well my feet are getting sore; I think we will give that man with the stable a try. Good luck with your search for this superhero…?

Joseph: Uh, uh-huh!

Superheroes: (a hubbub of noise) Congratulations on the baby! I am so excited for you. Good luck with the baby.

Superheroes exit SL, and Mary/Joseph SR

 

2 Shepherds relaxing DSC

Shepherd 1: This job is sooooo LAME.

Shepherd 2: Hey, I wouldn’t complain. It’s paying for your data plan for that fancy phone. Heaven forbid that you couldn’t text on the job.

Shepherd 1: Ha… ha… ha… you think you are so funny! No seriously. This job is so boring. Nothing exciting ever happens! I mean all my friends work at Starbucks and get free coffee, and what do I get? I get to “watch o’er my flocks by night” and shovel sheep poop! Gross.

Shepherd 2: Oh come on, it isn’t that bad. It’s a clear night on Christmas Eve. You can just stare out into the black sky full of stars and really appreciate the wonder that God created

Shepherd 1: Ugh, you’re one of those, those God people.

Shepherd 2: Well yeah. I guess I am. I mean. I don’t know! I have heard that God is sending his son to save us from our sin.

VOICE: Mmmhmmm. You got that right!

Shepherds cling to each other in fear and scream.

Shepherd 1: Who is that!? I am trained in karate and I’m not afraid to use it!

Shepherd 2: Better question… where are you?!

spot light

Shepherds block the light.

VOICE: I’m right here. Do not be afraid! I am an angel from God. I bring you good news!

Shepherd 1: Sheesh lay off the glare. Miley Cyrus called and she wants her sequined body suit back!

VOICE: (Laughs) Miley Cyrus has nothing on my shine. But I have to tell you that JESUS, the son of God was born tonight! Rejoice! Immanuel, the savior of the universe was born tonight, here in Bethlehem!

Shepherd 2: Oh my goodness! Are you serious?! How exciting! Where is he? Can I go see him?

VOICE: Yes! Please do! Follow his star by night, and you will find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.

Shepherd 1: Um. I don’t know what swaddling clothes mean, but I’m assuming when I see the baby I’ll know I’m in the right place. But what does this mean? Why is this baby such a big deal?

VOICE: God sent his son, Jesus, so that we could be forgiven of our sins. When we do bad things, or make bad choices we are sinning against God. When we sin, we are moving away from God. But God loves us so much that he is willing to send his son to us so that even when we do sin, we are forgiven. It’s called grace. Isn’t that great?

Shepherd 1: Wow. God’s love is amazing.

Shepherd 2: I know a congregation in Renton, Washington that knows a thing or two about that grace thing. They have some crazy pastor always talking about it.

VOICE: Oh don’t you worry. We know that congregation too, and that crazy Kirby guy.

Shepherd 1: I still don’t get how sending a baby is going to help though? How is he going to stop me from sinning?

Voice: Jesus is coming to help us build a relationship with God. He will be a way for us to see God, and know that he loves us. So no matter how far we try to move away from God, Jesus will be there to remind us that God will never give up on us. But seriously, get a move on over to the stable. That’s the star right over there!

Light goes out

 

Superheroes enter looking weary.

Superman: Excuse me fine… shepherds? Have you heard anything about a new superhero that is coming to save the earth?

Batman: We have been looking for him all day. We’re tired.

Catwoman: We’re scared he is going to take our jobs.

Shepherd 1: Woah, first an angel now super heroes?! Maybe this job isn’t so lame after all!

Shepherd 2: I don’t know anything about a new super hero, but did you hear that God’s son was born tonight!?

Hulk: Wait, did you say God’s son? That’s our guy!

WW: Woah, woah, woah Hulk. We have not been searching for a baby! How could a baby save the world?

Shepherd 1: I don’t really get it either, but let’s go see! I just want to see this Super-Baby-God … thing.

 

Exit

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Mary: Oh. Isn’t he wonderful?

Joseph: I never knew a baby was this wonderful. God has given us such a blessing.

Superheroes storm in

 

Superman: Alright you superhero, put your hands up! Nobody is taking my job!

Spiderman: Yeah. What he said!

WW: Oh my goodness. Boys. Settle down, can’t you tell there is a baby sleeping!

Superman: Well. Yeah. But he is going to take our jobs, and and and oh but he is so cute!

Mary: Yes, he is. I didn’t expect to see you guys again so soon. But what is this about my son taking your jobs?

Catwoman: Well, we heard that Jesus is this new superhero coming to town. And they that he is going to save the whole world from SIN.

Hulk: So we thought that no one would need us anymore. But this is a baby! So we don’t have anything to worry about guys! (coos at the baby)

Batman: You’re right! Phew. I was getting worried. So, were they wrong? Is Jesus just a baby?

Mary: Well, right now he is. But God has great plans in store for him. He will grow up and save us from our own sin.

Shepherd 1: We heard all about that! An angel came to us and told us to not be afraid because Jesus was born. And that he will bring us grace!

Shepherd 2: You know, you’re starting to sound like one of those “church” people…

Shepherd 1: Woah! I am. Well, could I maybe come to church with you sometime?

Shepherd 2: Yeah, I think I know just the place to take you!

Superman: Hold on, hold on! So Jesus isn’t going to take over my job? I still get to go out and save people?

Joseph: (holding the baby) Of course, you can still go save people. But, God sent his son so that we can be saved from ourselves and the sins we do. Jesus is reminding us of God’s love, and how we can share it with others. So now, when you save people you can tell them about Jesus’ power and about God’s unending love for us.

Spiderman: Wow! Ok! I think I could do that! “Stop right there mister! I will save you innocent citizens! But Jesus will save you with God’s love!” I like it!

Mary: I am so glad you all came to see Jesus and that now you will spread God’s love. I am not afraid anymore, I am trusting God and his plan. This is a merry Christmas.

ALL: Merry Christmas, and God’s Peace!


Comments

  1. susan renz says

    Our Kid’s Bible Study group put this Pageant on this year! Our first pageant and our Kid’s and parents loved it. We bought them hero costumes as a surprise! What a great way to bring Jesus in to the 2013 Christmas! Thanks so very much

  2. Rachel H. says

    Thank you for publishing this play as a free resource. We are a small church with an extremely small budget and this worked out quite well. I did edit some of the script to add our own “twists”. To simplify the costumes, I took out Spiderman and gave his lines to Robin, along with a few, “Holy (blank), Batman!” and that added a few chuckles as well. I also punched up the dialogue of the Voice when it was describing why Jesus came to earth and God’s love, made it more direct as our church is Pentecostal. All in all, this skit has good bones and with a little tweaking, it turned out great! I made sure to give Vanessa the credit as author in my bulletin insert. Thank you again and God bless!

  3. Roni King says

    The youth in my church performed the play this past Sunday. It was a wonderful blessing! Everyone enjoyed it immensely and the kids looked fantastic in their superhero costumes. I added a couple of superheroes so that everyone could have a role, along with a flock of sheep. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you!

  4. Kim says

    We always do a play about the meaning of Christmas for my sons’ annual Christmas party. I haven’t had time to create or revise one this year, and I just found this one. It is perfect for our kiddos. Thank you so much.

    Kim

  5. Scotia says

    This is so great! I can’t wait to show this to my superhero obsessed group!

  6. Gloria Duckett says

    I would love to use this play for our teens. Thank you, so much! This will get the kid’s excited!

  7. Tina says

    REALLY cute play…of course, we will edit Miley out…I changed it up and said that New York needs their big shiny ball back. We will probably add in some extra shepherds and actually have the angels show up…so that we can create more roles for our children. My hope is to have the youth and the children put this play on in our Sunday morning worship time. Great job Vanessa!!

  8. Scarlett says

    Lighten up people, this is a cute and funny play. Look forward to trying this out!

    • says

      Good point – plus it’s being shared here 100% free – so people can use something else if humor is not a part of their church culture.

  9. Sandra Kuttis says

    A wonderfully inventive Christmas play. Thank you so much for sharing Vanessa!

  10. Verise Campbell says

    Our church did this play 2 years ago. People are still talking about it. We are doing it ago this year :-). Thank you for sharing your gift.

  11. Carolyn says

    Hmmm…I read through more of the play and I have to say I’d have to cut out more lines. Using Miley Syrus’ name is in poor taste these days. At this point in her life, she isn’t honoring God in the least and is intentionally engaging in public sinful behavior to get rid of the “good girl” image. She has let many children and parents down by her 180 degree turnaround. Please consider editing her out. Hardly someone u’d like to mention in a play about Jesus right now.
    Whoa, Joseph is portrayed as “worshipping” these super heroes. He can hardly talk, he’s so awestruck. Why the admiration of these “idols”? Joseph already knew Jesus was going to be the Savior of the world – not the character of the man God chose as Jesus’ earthly father! Please consider editing this part out & come up with something else.
    I realize that in both cases, you’re trying to create humor but both have a negative affect on the gospel. Your/our purpose in using these plays is to reveal more of who God is to bring glory to Him and no one else.
    I like the modern take on this play but please don’t use the crudeness of our day and age to try to make it funny. It detracts from the focus/meaning of the play.
    So, what do you think?

  12. Carolyn Roediger says

    When I was reading through the play and got to the scene where Mary & Joseph were crabby & arguing with each other, I was taken aback. Like Susan said, Mary & Joseph were meek and mild-not complainers. I realize you were trying to be humorous but it doesn’t fit their characters. If I was to use this play, I would change their parts to be humorous while keeping their characters intact. I think that this is important b/c God chose them b/c of their hearts for Him and to use as an example for us. What kind of character do you want to teach the children? We spend time in Sunday School trying to teach them to be more like Jesus. Wouldn’t you want to portray that to our kids?
    Most of the sitcoms on TV may be very funny on the surface. But if u really take a look at them, relationships between husband & wife are being degraded and the respect between children and parents is coming very close to being non-existent.
    We, as the Church, need to build these relationships back up for life will go better for us as God has designed for us to live. Yes, we’re not perfect, but we need more godly examples to follow.
    I also agree with Lawrence to give Joseph more authority as a Jewish man.
    With all of that said, the rest of the script is funny. Super heroes to children are invincible. It’s a clever idea and gets the point across that Jesus is a hero far greater than anyone else and is there whenever we need Him.

    • mariana Jefferson says

      It’s a comedy, we know that they were meek and mild, it’s just a twist on the story

    • says

      Meek and Mild!! They were some of the bravest people in the whole bible. The courage it took Joseph to marry an already pregnant woman in those days is outstanding. And for Mary to have such conviction that she was carrying God’s son is incredible, I wonder how many of us would be so brave and strong. And please point me to any married couple who doesn’t snipe at each other sometimes, especially when heavily pregnant!
      Great script, lovely interpretation especially in today’s superhero culture. Thank you!

  13. says

    Dear Vanessa,
    Yes,I agreed with Eva,very entertaining and funny.Nevertheless it did brought out the message of Christmas though. Thank you very much,we might be using it for our Children Christmas play this year too. Blessed Christmas to All!

  14. shine says

    When we saw this script, “this is the one.” thank you for writing this play, it’s fun and tells everyone about why Jesus came to us.

    • sharon sinclair says

      Most importantly, the kids enjoyed doing it, and bringing the message of Jesus’ saving power to the congregation. And they had their own costumes! Thanks to the writer and to the publisher who makes it available at no cost.

  15. Von says

    This is great! We’re narrowing down our list of scripts for our Christmas Eve service and this may very well be the one our youth group picks. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Susan says

    This play is NOT well written and depicts Mary and Joseph as 2 argumentative married people unhappy about their current situation. The Bible clearly depicts Mary and Joseph as humble, gentle people who were ultimately devoted to God’s will. While Joseph was unsure what to do when he found out his bride-to-be was with child, he ultimately was given peace about the situation as he followed God’s will. Mary was NEVER short tempered or unhappy about being the mother of Jesus. In fact, she was HONORED that God had chosen her. Anyone who knows their Bible would be a bit offended by this play. Sarcasm should never be the theme for a play about the birth of Jesus. I was extremely displeased about this play and certainly would NOT use it for my children’s department.

    • Suzanne says

      You know, my husband and I would likely be described by others as “humble, gentle people who are ultimately devoted to God’s will,” but we still get tired and frustrated and say the wrong things sometimes. And of course Mary was honored to be chosen by God; but she very likely had fleeting doubts, wouldn’t you think? She was not perfect ~ That’s only Jesus, right?
      If you think Mary and Joseph were perfect in their submission to God’s will, then they would not have needed Jesus. And if you communicate to others that unless they “appear” to always be humble and cheerful, they are not devoted to God’s will, then you are going to discourage people.
      Like you probably discouraged the young author of this play.
      I would likely have not written this play exactly the same way, but I didn’t write it ~ And neither did you offer such a gift…Which reminds me: What do you think of the story of “The Drummer Boy”?
      Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart.

    • Autumn says

      Susan, you were a little harsh. If you did not like the play then you didn’t have to read it. Just go find another one. Do not be mean. Your points weren’t bad, i might even agree with one or two of them, but how you said it was rude and you treated the author poorly. You might have made her sad. It is not wrong to share your opinion, just be more considerate of the other persons feelings next time. Please and Thank you.

  17. T woolfolk says

    I love humorous children’s plays still with a message. God lead me to this site. Thank you. Look forward to more,

  18. Eva says

    What a great concept for a Christmas production. Very well written. I was laughing throughout the play. Thank you for sharing. We are considering using the script for our children’s ministry this Christmas. Thanks again!

    • Lawrence says

      Hi everyone,
      We did this play for our church last year and the kids and the Adults loved it. We modified it for our kids. We had one child that want to participate, but is a little shy in front of people, so we cast her as the invisible cat woman And Joseph was not quite masculine enough for me so I changed some of his lines to give him more of a authoritative role not so much of a passive role. Because we thought of a Jewish man of the house would be. Sorry if this offends anyone… just the fit for our church.

      • Carolyn says

        I agree with your comment and applaud it. In any household, the man needs to be more authoritative than passive, loving than out of anger or pride.

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