Submitted/Old St. Nick, aka Santa Claus, pauses to honor the Baby Jesus during St. James Church Live Nativity Friday, Dec. 14.

VENTNOR – Holy Trinity Parish at St. James Church held its annual Live Nativity Friday, Dec. 14 on the grounds of the church. The event shares the true meaning of Christmas, which is the spirit of the Holy Family and the birth of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the one true savior of mankind.

Submitted/The live Nativity at St. James Church in Ventnor featured many live animals, including sheep and a camel.

The event included live animals, including sheep and a camel. Children of the Holy Trinity Parish Choir sang songs and children dressed as the Holy Family, shepherds and angels processed to the manger set up next to the sidewalk. Parents and visitors flocked to see the spectacle, which has become a much anticipated welcome to the holiday season.

Even Old St. Nick, known as Santa Claus, paused from his work to pay homage the the Holy Child.

Submitted/The crowd gathers at St. James Church to welcome the Christ Child during the live Nativity.

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.