Jesus Christmas Party

JESUS’ CHRISTMAS PARTY

CAST: Innkeeper, Mary, Joseph, Shepherds (at least one), Kings (at least one)

SCENE: On two levels:

  • Upstairs – the innkeeper’s bedroom
  • Downstairs – a) by the front door

b) in the stable round the back

PROPS: Two blankets, one smaller blanket, bright light, star, backdrop of angels (upstairs), manger, backdrop of guests (downstairs)

SCRIPT: to be pre-recorded with sound effects

VERSIONS: We have done this pre-recorded with puppets and live with multiple actors. Always fun though!

Based loosely on the book Jesus Christmas Party by Nicholas Allen. Buy from Amazon.

JESUS’ CHRISTMAS PARTY

Scene opens with innkeeper asleep in bed, quiet music playing and heavy snoring.
FX – loud knocking at the door. Music and snoring stop. Innkeeper gets out of bed. Sound of him going down the stairs and creak of a door. As door creaks, Mary and Joseph appear.
Innkeeper There’s no room here.
Joseph But we’re tired and have travelled through night and day.
Innkeeper I suppose there’s the stable round the back. (Pause to rummage around for blankets) Here’s two blankets (hands them over). What’s your names?
Joseph Mary…and Joseph.
FX – door shuts – Mary and Joseph disappear. Sound of innkeeper climbing stairs. Gets back into bed and starts snoring again.
Another knock at the door. Snoring stops. Innkeeper gets out of bed with a disgruntled groan. Sound of him going down the stairs and creak of a door. As door creaks, Joseph appears again.
Innkeeper Huh, it’s you again.
Joseph Excuse me, I wonder if you could lend us another, smaller blanket.
Innkeeper (Pause to rummage around) There. One smaller blanket.
FX – door shuts more firmly this time – Joseph disappears. Sound of innkeeper climbing stairs. Gets back into bed and starts snoring again.
Bright light shines straight on his face. Innkeeper gets up yawning and chuntering; looks up – big star hanging above him (maybe on a stick like a fishing rod)
Innkeeper: That’s all I need.
Gets back in bed, covering face with hands.
Yet another knock at the door. Snoring stops. Innkeeper gets out of bed even more disgruntled. Sound of him stomping down the stairs and creak of a door. As door creaks, three shepherds appear.
Shepherd We are three shepherds.
Innkeeper Well, what’s the matter? Lost your sheep?
Shepherd We’ve come to see Mary and Joseph.
Innkeeper Round the back.
FX – door shuts very loudly this time – shepherds disappear. Sound of innkeeper stomping upstairs. Gets back into bed and starts snoring again
Yet another knock at the door. Snoring stops. Innkeeper gets out of bed really angry now. Sound of him stamping down the stairs and creak of a door. As door creaks, three(?) Kings appear.
King We are three(?) kings. We’ve come…..
Innkeeper ROUND THE BACK!
FX – door slams – kings disappear. Sound of innkeeper stamping upstairs. Gets back into bed and starts snoring again.
FX – Chorus of loud angelic singing. Raise backdrop of angels up into bedroom.
Innkeeper (jumping out of bed and looking around him) RIGHT – THAT DOES IT!

FX – goes downstairs, out the door, round the back, chuntering……I’ll show them. They can’t expect to get away with this….etc

Mary, Joseph, manger, king, shepherd appear. Innkeeper appears.
All(except innkeeper) Sssssshhhhh! You’ll wake the baby!
Innkeeper Baby?
Shepherd Yes, a baby has been born here tonight.
Innkeeper (still grumpy) Oh. Let’s see then.
Goes over and peers into manger. Grumpiness disappears.
Innkeeper Ohhhhh. Isn’t he lovely! Wow! I’m going to wake everyone up to tell them. (goes off. Others freeze.) Come on you lot. Wake up. Come and see. Yes, of course I know it’s the middle of the night but this is really special.
Innkeeper appears back. Raise backdrop of other guests behind manger scene.
Innkeeper See, I told you. This is a very special baby. It’s time to party.
FX – loud party music (Celebration – Kool and the Gang?) All dance around
Sign – THE END – all take a bow.