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Remember the Mandatory Christmas Pageant?

I remember being in productions of simple Christmas story displays as a small child and the annual Christmas play skits and pageants with my own children. It is a traditional part of the Christmas season. Christmas play photo Robes for “Bible”..

Mary and Joseph costume

Mary and Joseph costume photo

I remember being in productions of simple Christmas story displays as a small child and the annual Christmas play skits and pageants with my own children. It is a traditional part of the Christmas season.

Christmas Plays

Robes for “Bible” era costumes with a towel or pillowcase held by a band made-do for the shepherds, with similar types of costumes to represent characters of another time and place. How easy it would be now to choose some of the easily available costumes online, or using a simple pattern, sew up some very impressive costumes for the Christmas play.
Besides the usual Nativity play, another well known theme for Christmas is inspired by Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and the Christmas Carolers of the Victorian time period. Every year a local church presents a production of “Scrooge”, a modern rendition, with its uplifting Christmas message.

…A bit of off-key singing, a few forgotten or miffed lines…some things never change, but making Christmas dress-up as fun as can be with a few well thought out costumes could be a highlight of the season for many to remember.

The Story Of Christmas - Luke 2: 1-20

“It came to pass, in those days…”

Little Shepherd

Little Shepherd Boy via

  • Christmas Plays bring to life the true meaning of Christmas
  • Like the little drummer boy, a child wishes to offer others his part in making the season special.
  • Grandparents and parents love to see their children shine.
  • The important messages are given lights, action, music and more. It makes wonderful memories.

All Sorts Of Christmas Pageant Costumes -
Mary, Joseph, Wise Men, even the Animals!

Outfit the whole cast of the Nativity play.

It Is Easy To Be An Angel

– With These Feathery Angel Wings

Shepherds, Wise Men, and The Innkeeper

Try some wigs and beards for a “Bible Times” look. Men of Bible times wore beards, so you might want to replicate the look for your Christmas play characters. I have seen it “drawn” on with face paint, but taking some time to create a beard, even from yarn glued to a lower facemask or cotton balls stuck on with eyelash glue might work if you don’t have time to run to a costume shop.

A set of costumes and props is a great investment for a Church that puts on Christmas Nativity plays (and Easter, too) each year.

Little Shepherds

Of course, you can DIY without too much trouble. We used to use an old child’s robe with colorful stripes, a kitchen towel or a pillowcase using a tied headband to create a head-dress. A toddler costume created from a pillow case looks cute, too.

A step-up from throwing together the old towel and robe routine is a purchased costume or one sewn for the occasion.Simplicity patterns had a set of costumes which could be sewn up quickly for those with sewing machine skills.

Simple robe, mantle, and staff.

Simple robe, mantle, and staff. Completed with reasonable facsimile of a head dress.

A pair of sandals and this shepherds costume makes a very convincing shepherd boy -cute, too!

Community Notes

Thought of a costume exchange? Different churches in the community may be willing to cooperate and share the store of Christmas pageant costumes.

Shop the local thrift store for belts, canes, jewels, and costume materials.

Shepherd’s Crook For A Realistic Touch

Child size Large (12-14) is made of lightweight polyester, the shepherds crook is sold separately, but very affordable.
Fun Express – Toddler Shepherd’s Crook for Christmas – Apparel Accessories – Costume Accessories – Costume Props – Christmas – 1 Piece

Joseph and Mary Costuming for the Play

Traditional colors for Mary are always blue and white. A white robe-like dress and a blue mantle and head dress. Usually, Joseph wears rustic brown, often holding a staff and wearing a beard. Less likely to have the head covering, but it isn’t unusual either way.


Christmas Play Costumes

A Wise Choice For Magi

wise man

Turbanned Wise man

2nd Wise man

2nd Wise man

71094 Nativity Three Wisemen Costumes

Sew Your Own – All it takes is a sewing machine, patterns, and material

Christmas may be the time to buy your sewing machine, if you don’t have one already.

Simplicity 4797 Historical and Biblical Costume for Boys and Girls by Andrea Schewe, Sizes A (S-L)

Costuming For the Talented Seamstress

Why make your own costumes for the Christmas play? You will find it to be a fun, creative experience. The key is to be prepared and leave enough time so it isn’t just another addition to the mad, headlong dash into Christmas day.

What about Christmas Carolers?

Another favorite portrayal at Christmas time has to be the Victorian outfits of Charles Dickens time, when re-enacting the Scrooge story from “A Christmas Carol” or the merry carolers of the time. All of these fashions are elaborate in comparison to the humble Nativity play.

From the fabrics to the wide skirts and waistcoats, bonnets and top hats, it is time consuming to create your own, so start far earlier than the Christmas season. Thankfully, there are costumes of this type for purchase.

Festive Carolers from Dickens Time

Festive Carolers from Dickens Time


Victorian Pageantry in a Dickens’ Christmas Carol

Capes and Costumes

Victorian lady

Victorian lady in rich holiday green.

Dickens Era Character Costuming – A Christmas Carol Costumes

Nothing is as festive as Victorian Carolers, and the Dickens era costumes are wonderful.

Pick your crafts, activities, and shopping lists with the view of enjoying the process. This is a time to celebrate the holidays and share the best of ourselves with others. Not a race to see who drops from exhaustion first.

Put the peace and joy back into your holiday, center on the central theme of God’s gift to you. That really is the best gift of all.

The Christmas Spirit

Have Fun!