Tonight, Thursday, Dec. 10, the First Church of the Nazarene opens its living nativity for a three-night run through Saturday night.

We talked with John Keating, the Connections Pastor for First Church of the Nazarene, about this huge undertaking. The project has grown from a small Christmas drive through to an 11-scene production telling the story of Jesus from birth to death to resurrection.

With 300 volunteers and domestic as well as exotic animals, the living nativity is FCN's gift to Lubbock. It's free and amazing.

"Yeah, we don't usually have camels just hanging around," said Keating. "We bring the animals in every year."

It all starts at 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Dec. 10, 11 & 12, 2015.

The church is located at 6610 Chicago Avenue and is easy to get to from the access road between Spur 327 and Slide Road.

In addition to being able to drive through in your own vehicle, a hydraulic life-size train is also available at no charge to visitors. It takes about 10 minutes to drive or ride through the scenes.

Keating did advise to get there early, especially if you want to ride the train.

Thank you for 20 years of filling West Texans with the true meaning of Christmas.