Times Square Puts Jesus Display Front And Center

Times Square is one of the busiest and brightest places in the world, with billboards flashing daily as millions of people go on their way. On November 27, the billboards went dark. When they came back on, the scene of the nativity appeared and silent night played over loudspeakers. Then located on the top sign at the heart of the square, a star appeared.

This display giving honor to the night that Jesus was born is part of the Light the World Campaign, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Using the slogan, “Let your light shine this Christmas season as you love the people around you, share your joy, and follow the example of Jesus Christ.”

The campaign has sponsored vending machines that are meant to give to those in need. Called Giving Machines, the funds go to things that we as Americans usually take for granted, such as food, clean water, and toys. The donations are automatically linked to global and local charities. These Giving Machines are currently located in 41 locations worldwide.

The Times Square Nativity display only lasted 30 minutes, but left an everlasting impact on those who witnessed it.

“There are no words,” said Denika Torres. “It was magical.”

“Times Square is perhaps the brightest place on the face of the earth,” Monsignor Kevin Sullivan of Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of New York told said.

“Lighting the world is needed now more than ever. Catholic Charities is proud to partner with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other organizations who are bringing light to what is a very dark world.”

Nasario Martin, an evangelical Christian from Guatemala, was also left in awe. He took out his cell phone and started recording.

“I have never seen Jesus Christ in such a place before,” he said.

Those in Times Square weren’t the only ones who were affected by the display. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints posted a video of the presentation to their X account, which received a lot of positive feedback.

As we head into Christmas, this message reminds everyone that the season isn’t about shopping, presents, or catchy songs. It’s about God sending His Son Jesus to Earth to save humanity.