|What:||Crib of the Nativity Dedication Ceremony|
Friday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m. (Open to the public Dec. 11 - Jan. 3.)
|Where:||Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park
1501 Eden Park Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45202
|Who:||Major Timothy Lyle, The Salvation Army; Father Barry Windholtz, St. Rose Church; and Reverand Paul Booth Jr., Legacy Pointe Church, join Western & Southern's Chairman, President and CEO John Barrett, and Jeff and Jody Biedenharn of Dixie View Nursery to mark the official opening of Cincinnati's Crib of the Nativity.|
The Crib of the Nativity is Western & Southern Financial Group’s gift to the people of Greater Cincinnati. The annual tradition began in 1939 with construction of the company’s first Nativity display in Lytle Park downtown. During World War II, the creché was erected at Union Terminal, where it served as a source of inspiration for departing and arriving troops and their families. It returned to Lytle Park after the war and moved to its current location beside the Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park in 1967.
Under the thatched roof of a log stable in a humble scene reflecting the peace and joy of Christmas, live animals and life-size figures recreate the birth of Jesus. Donations placed in the Crib’s collection box are matched by Western & Southern Financial Fund and given to The Salvation Army to help needy children and the homeless throughout Greater Cincinnati. Over the years, nearly 3 million people have visited the Crib of the Nativity. Social distancing and safety protocols at the outdoor display will help ensure a joyous experience by all who visit 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., seven days a week, Dec. 11 through Jan. 3, 2021.