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Annual Bronxville Christmas Pageant on December 24 at 5:30 PM PDF Print Email


By Sarah Normand, Co-chair, Bronxville Christmas Pageant Committee

Dec. 6, 2017:  The annual Bronxville Christmas Pageant, first performed 103 years ago in 1914, will be held on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, at 5:30 pm on the hillside of The Reformed Church of Bronxville on Pondfield Road.

After twenty years at the helm, Susanne Shoemaker is passing the organizing baton to Sara Normand and Ruth Walter, who are co-chairs. 

For more than a century, the Bronxville community has gathered on Christmas Eve for the Bronxville Christmas pageant. Originally staged in 1914 to raise funds for displaced Belgian refugees, the pageant brings together clergy and parishioners from our seven local churches and features readings by local clergy, carols, a brass quartet, tower bells, and an "invisible" choir as Mary, Joseph, the manger angel, shepherds, wise men, angels on high, and live animals reenact the nativity.

The pageant is truly a community effort. Local residents and church members come together to plan and organize the many elements of the pageant, sending out solicitation letters (as the pageant is funded entirely by donations), organizing the sound, lighting, music, and animals, setting up the crèche and Christmas trees, and taking part in the pageant itself. 

During the pageant, “children can watch Mary ride on a live donkey and settle in the manger surrounded by live sheep. Last year, we had the added excitement of a camel for one of the kings to lead, which really was a wonder,” said Ruth Walter.

Solicitation letters will arrive in mailboxes this week, and we are counting once again on the community's generous support. Donations can also be made online at under the Giving 365 tab.


Finally, we wish to recognize the extraordinary contributions of Betty Hewitt, a devoted friend of the pageant who passed away this year. Betty served as treasurer of the pageant for many years, supervising the mailing of solicitations and carefully logging donations. She also made sure that participants were greeted with hot chocolate and cookies after the pageant. Betty was a source of goodness and light for all of us, and we will hold her in our hearts this Christmas Eve as we come together again.

Pictured here (from top):  Pageant angels from the 2016 pageant (photo by Margaret Conaton) and Betty Hewitt (photo by Adair Wingfield), who served as treasurer of the pageant for many years.

Photos courtesy Sarah Normand



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Christ Church Bronxville

Christ Church Bronxville, or "CCBNY" as it's known in the community, is the village's Episcopal church, whose beginnings date back to 1898. The current church, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was completed in 1926 and was designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, who also designed St. Bartholomew's in New York City and the Chapel at West Point.

CCBNY offers a wide array of programs to its parishioners, who live throughout southern Westchester. The acclaimed music program boasts five choirs; international outreach efforts to Cuba; and education and service programs for family members of all ages. CCBNY is also home to the renowned children's music program Young at Arts (, and Eliza Corwin Frost (, a nursery school for children ages 1 to 5.

Our services are as follows:
8:00AM Rite I Spoken Eucharist
10:00AM Family Choral Eucharist
5:00PM Informal Eucharist

"No matter where you are on your spiritual journey there is a home for you at Christ Church. Our worship, music, education and outreach challenge us to embrace holiness and fearlessly share Christ's love."

The Rev. Michael A. Bird, Rector
17 Sagamore Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church was organized in 1854. Its mission is “to reach out as a caring and Christ centered Church to people of all culture and races, helping them to know God and find fellowship with each other through Jesus Christ to the glory of God.”

407 New Rochelle Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Reformed Church of Bronxville

The Reformed Church of Bronxville is the community church in the heart of the village. We welcome people of all faiths and persuasions to be a part of our church family. We have exciting programs to meet your interests including music and the arts, service and outreach, children's ministry and a wonderful Nursery School.

Starting Sept. 7th, we have three Sunday services held at 8:30 am, 10:30 am and 5:00 pm. A Fellowship Coffee Hour is offered after the 10:30 am service. Childcare is available during our 10:30 am service along with Church School classes for children from 2 years old through the 8th grade.

The Reformed Church
180 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

St. Joseph’s Church

St. Joseph Church, which opened its doors in 1925, is the Catholic Church in Bronxville. It offers services on Saturday, Sunday, weekdays and Holy Days. It offers a religious education program for K - 8th grade which takes place on Wednesday during the school year. It also offers a myriad of opportunities for parishioners to meet, share ideas and experiences and help others. The St. Joseph’s School offers classes for K – 8th grade.

15 Cedar Street
Bronxville, New York 10708

Village Lutheran Church

The Village Lutheran Church “is a ministry of word and sacraments. This ministry gives opportunities for witness, nurture, fellowship, stewardship and service.” The Chapel School, which goes from pre-school three-year olds through 8th grade, is an integral part of the Church’s ministry for children.

172 White Plains Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

West Center Congregational Church

West Center Congregational Church is a member of The United Church of Christ. It welcomes “all who seek to find, know and serve the living God better in all they are and do.”

101 Pondfield Road West
Bronxville, New York 10708

Sinai Free Synagogue

Sinai Free Synagogue is Westchester`s "newest" Reform congregation but its roots go back almost 100 years. Formed in 1999 by a merger of Mount Vernon`s Sinai Temple (founded in 1906 and the first Reform congregation in Westchester County) and the Free Synagogue of Westchester (founded in 1927), the 250-member congregation has a long, distinguished history.

Please check the Calendar for dates and times.

550 North Columbus Avenue

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