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Christmas Pageant to Be Held December 24 at 5:30 PM at Reformed Church Hillside; See Cast Members PDF Print Email


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

Dec. 20, 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.

The pageant has been delighting villagers of all ages for generations. The organizers of the pageant are co-chairs Sarah Normand and Ruth Walter. “We have been so impressed with the ecumenical nature of the pageant and with the commitment and enthusiasm of all the volunteers who make this such a great community tradition in Bronxville,” said Sarah Normand.

 “If you are new to the village or a longtime resident, please come in rain, snow, or dry weather to see live animals, the Nativity scene re-enacted, angels on high, and lots of shepherds,” Sarah added.

Parishioners from all seven Bronxville churches participate on a rotating basis to make up the cast of the living Nativity. The audience sings carols, and members of the clergy from the seven churches perform readings.

“Children can watch Mary ride in 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.

Cast members of the Pageant

Mary:  Lauren Mitchell

Joseph:  Mac Crawford

Manger Angel:  Eloise Liggitt


1. Grace Randall
2. Lucy Rizzo
3. Lily Monahan
4. Sally Reynolds
5. Kiki Shinsato
6. Caroline Spitz
7. Lily Vorbach
8. Katherine Moynihan
9. Norah Foley
10. Maggie O’Hare
11. Caroline Palermo
12. Olivia Conniff
13. Laura Walter-McNeill

Kings:  Tim McGrath, Paul Shoemaker, and Dan Johnson

Shepherd Boys:  Brendan McGrath and Walker Liggitt

Shepherds led by Dave Ruby

Carols led by Dale Walker, accompanied by a brass ensemble

Tower Bells by Cindy Tether

Invisible Choir led by Maryann Palermo

This Bronxville tradition is funded entirely by donations.  Donations may be sent to Bronxville Christmas Pageant, P.O. Box 397, Bronxville, NY 10708, or made online at under the Giving 365 tab. 

Pictured here:  The Nativity scene in a previous year. 

Photo by a pageant committee member


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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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