THE city’s streets came alive with musicians and actors and a well behaved donkey in a spectacular event retelling the story of Christmas.
Shoppers and visitors packed the city on Sunday to follow the Exeter Nativity as it made its way along the High Street, featuring two llamas, sheep and a donkey.
Children and members of church congregations from across the city made up the procession which started at the top of High Street, near Boots.
A Roman Centurion acted as herald for shoppers announcing that a census is taking place and the journey began down the High Street to Exeter Cathedral, following Mary and Joseph, and the Three Wise men with llamas.
The Angel Gabriel made an appearance right at the top of the cathedral and there was drama, carol singing with the Salvation Army band outside the cathedral, with all invited into ‘The Stable’ to conclude the nativity with a giant tableau featuring children from all over the city wearing costumes.
The Reverend Canon Anna Norman Walker, who organised the nativity event, said it was though to be the biggest nativity tableau anywhere in the South West.
“Everyone wass invited to put on a costume or a headdress and join us inside the cathedral.
“We chose to do it at end of a busy weekend, as the shops are closing and the lights come on, to encourage people to pause for a moment and think about what really makes Christmas for them.
“It was the perfect way to finish off the Christmas shopping, enjoy hearing the Christmas story and then round off the day at the Christmas market on the Green,” she added.
Local farmers brought in the donkey and sheep and the llamas come from Peak Hill Llamas, near Sidmouth.