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Nearly 1,000 people gathered for an evening of Christmas celebrations and performances in West Valley City, Utah, on Monday, December 19.

“I loved it,” expressed Mandi Beauchaine, who attended with her family. “This is our second year coming. And it’s so fun to get everybody together and just see the different types of singing and dancing.”

Hundreds of volunteers and performers from several denominations in West Valley City shared the Christmas story. The “Community Christmas Celebration of Joy” was a multilingual event that included various Latin American congregations, choral groups and Polynesian dancers representing Tonga, Samoa and the Marshall Islands. Narrators shared the message of the birth of Jesus Christ in English and Spanish.

“Tonight is miraculous, like the birth of Jesus Christ,” said Pastor Oscar Parra. “The city came together, churches are united, the community is united, and together we have accomplished this experience. It was made possible through unity.”

The concert is in its second year and was organized by My Hometown, a local initiative that improves neighborhoods through faith and government partnerships. West Valley City Mayor Karen Lang was in attendance.

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