ISHPEMING - Decked out in jingle bells and lights, the carriage made its way down Main Street in downtown Ishpeming, full of passengers, past Santa's hut, finally stopping so the horses could take part in the annual live nativity.
The Ishpeming Business Association has sponsored the nativity for so many years, no one knows exactly how many.
"We should write down how many because nobody knows," said Kathy Magnuson, owner of Ezekiel's Christian Books.
The nativity is set outside the Butler Theater before Christmas every year, complete with carols, actors and animals.
The horses and goat that portrayed the stable animals, everyone knows from songs like "Away in a Manger" and the original Christmas story itself are provided by Lone Oaks Pony and Carriage Rides, based in West Ishpeming.
Playing the parts of Mary, Joseph, the three kings, as well as various shepherds and angels every year are members of the Good News Assembly of God congregation in Ishpeming.
People were invited to watch the nativity play out, interspersed with Bible verses retelling the story of the birth of Christ. Christmas carols like "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" invited both the audience and the nativity performers to join in on the early Christmas celebration.