WITH newborn lambs, a little donkey, shepherds and kings, the scene could be mistaken for Bethlehem during the birth of Jesus.
But the re-creation of one of the greatest stories ever told was the work of Sheffield’s Totley Hall Farm as it began its countdown to Christmas.
Little angels from Wentworth CofE School, Rotherham, were the first of 30 schools to visit the farm in the build-up to the festive period.
Every year, hundreds of pupils get the chance to walk in the footsteps of Mary and Joseph during a real-life nativity – complete with a stable and animals.
The farm also throws open its doors to families for public performances from Saturday, December 15.
Chris Pocock, farm manager, said: “We started doing the nativities seven or eight years ago and they are really popular.
“Our first one went very well, the children came dressed as various characters and there were some adults trying to get in on the act too.
“The lambs were only five days old so it was great to have the children hold them.
“At the end of the play we will give them all the opportunity to ride the donkey.
“We make it as interactive as possible. It gives people a feel of what Christmas is all about.”
* See Totley Christmas Festivals for details.