When the Rev. Paul Appleby meets someone and tells them he is pastor at Central Christian Church, the person often can't distinguish it from other local places of worship.
That's when he mentions Central's annual outdoor living nativity.
"It is what the church is best known for in the community," Appleby said. "Right away, they'll say they know where I am talking about."
This will be the 55th year for the nativity which features live animals.
"We have a donkey and sheep," Appleby said.
The church is located at 7775 Moon Road in Columbus, across from Walden Pond apartments.
On Sunday and Monday, there will be performances at 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, there will be performances at 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Prior to the Tuesday performances, there will be a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m. to which the public is invited.
Appleby, pastor at Central for about two years, said putting the living nativity together is quite an undertaking.
"We began in November," he said.
Some of the music provided will be recordings of Central choirs dating back to the 1950s.
"It is really a special time," Appleby said.