A newer Christmas tradition will be held in Lubbock early next month.

For the fifth straight year, Lubbock families are invited to take part in a community Christmas exhibit featuring hundreds of nativity sets from around the world, Christmas-themed art, and musical performances by local musicians.

The Lubbock Nativity’s theme for 2013 is “Take a Moment to Enjoy the True Meaning of Christmas – A Lubbock Family Tradition.”

The event will run from 1 to 9 p.m. daily from December 5th through the 8th.

The Lubbock Nativity will be held at the LDS Meetinghouse at 7014 Frankford Avenue. Parking is free, nothing will be sold, and donations are not requested or accepted at any time during the event.

A live nativity featuring area youth will be held Thursday, December 5th through Saturday, December 7th from 6 to 8 p.m. Area choirs and other musical groups will perform Thursday through Saturday from 7 to 8 p.m., and a Christmas community sing-a-long will be held on Sunday, December 8th at 6:30 p.m. The event will conclude with a Christmas devotional featuring a broadcast by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 8th.

“This is a perfect opportunity to start the holiday season to help your family remember what the season is really about,” said Sterling Shumway, president of the Lubbock Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Community members are also invited to loan their nativities, sing in the Nativity Choir, and exhibit artwork based around the Nativity.

More than 3,000 people attended the four-day open house last year, and event organizers expect more attendees this year.

More information is available at www.lubbocknativity.com or at www.facebook.com/lubbocknativity.