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A Change In Plans
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This short CHRISTMAS skit is about a family dealing with the news that their son will be going to Iraq and not be home for Christmas. His sister was looking forward to him seeing her in the Christmas musical, and Mom was planning to have a big family reunion on Christmas Day. Another version of this same story appears in the skit, "What Christmas Means To Me."

3 actors (father, mother and teenage daughter) very little set. 5 mins.

Click on 'view excerpt' and then cut and paste it into your own document. The entire script is there for you. Do not use the "add to cart" button unless you are also purchasing another script. Your credit card will not be accepted for a zero amount. Learn More
A Weekend Before Christmas
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This CHRISTMAS play is basically a shorter version of "The Right Connection" It has been shortened from the 50 minutes and has fewer characters. The story and dialogue is almost identical about the girls basketball team having a weekend retreat close to Christmas. As they gather, they talk about how their lives have been since high school and all the changes. One girl in particular had the biggest change of all, a complete transformation. The Christmas message is not as strong as the gospel message which is shared and two of the characters get saved.

Cast of 7 females and 2 males (or could be 9 females) about 15-20 mins Learn More
Boycotting Christmas
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This short Christmas skit is for three teens and small parts for two adults. The teens can be any gender and the two adults are probably female... to be two mothers. This takes place at a Christmas event or function, where some youth just start talking loudly to each other and getting everyone's attendance. The conversation turns a bit controversial when one of the kids starts talking about boycotting gift giving this year.

Cast of 5. (3 youth, 2 adults) About 6-7 mins. Learn More
Can You See The Angels?
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Need something quick and easy for CHRISTMAS? This is a Reader's Theater script (that can also be done as a regular drama) that is about 20 minutes long and easy to do. Anthony joins the army and his mother is left praying for the angels to protect him. His best friend goes with him and dies, but not before getting saved and sharing with Anthony. Anthony gets saved and comes home to his mother and grandfather. You can add Christmas carols to make it more musical, or even like a cantata.

Four actors (3 male and 1 female) No costumes or set needed. 20 mins. Learn More
Christmas Is
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Need something with a nice message, easy set and not too long or hard to put together? This is a nice story about strangers in a small airport who get delayed on Christmas Eve because of snow. A group of chairs are set up as the waiting area and everyone comes in with their carry-on luggage and begin to wait. The hostess tells them that the snow is going to delay their flight. As they begin to talk and get to know each other, they learn that Sully does not believe in Christmas. They all take turns sharing and trying to convince him that Christmas and Jesus are real. This can be used as a musical and many songs added throughout the play. You have to suspend belief a bit with the songs and with the fact that Sully's heart can be changed so quickly and easily.

11 speaking parts. (3 males, 6 females, 2 children) Runs 17-20 mins without songs. Learn More
Davey's Christmas Adventure
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This was written for Reader's Theater or radio drama, but it can be adapted easily and acted out as a regular skit. Davey and his dad are out shopping for a Christmas tree when Davey notices a girl looking for food in a trash can. He wants to help her and convinces his dad that they should offer her some help. They end up buying her lunch and hearing her story of how she was away from her family. The parents are called, and she is taken back home where they welcome her back like the prodigal son with lots of emotion. Davey's dad is so proud of his son for acting on his desire to help someone.

Needed: Narrator, two men, one woman, one teen girl and one boy. About 10 mins. Learn More
Gift From The Heart
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Two women, friends from church, go Christmas shopping together at the mall, and discover that they have very different ways to buy gifts for their family and friends. One is very organized and goes off a very structured list while the other one takes her time and really wants to buy a special gift for each one. She even asks God for help.

2 actresses, about 15 mins. Learn More
Love Is An Action
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This sketch (good for CHRISTMAS or anytime) is actually taken from the play, "The Best Way To Live" and is about two teenagers who feel that their father does not show love toward them. At a party, a friend encourages them to start mending that relationship by showing love to him first. As an experiment, they try it and the results are a father whose heart begins to soften, and the display of affections opens the door to witness to a stranger.

4 actors and 1 actress plus a narrator. About 10 minutes. Learn More
Love Is Not Selfish
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In this CHRISTMAS sketch, a group of young people are gathering to plan a Christmas party for their class, when Mom suggests that they go to the retirement home to encourage the elderly. Her daughter thinks it is a terrible idea and wants to continue with the party plan. But when the other kids decide to take her mom's suggestion, she can't believe it. She does come around and realizes that love means to put your own plans aside to reach out to those who need it. This skit is actually a scene from the play, "The Best Way To Live."

8 actors (5 female, 2 male, one elderly person) and a narrator plus possible extras. About 10 minutes. Learn More
More Blessed To Give
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This CHRISTMAS sketch is our most popular holiday script. It is for mostly child actors. There are eleven children who are gathering to give their Sunday School teacher her Christmas presents. They decide to open them and see what everyone is getting her and one little girl is embarrassed because her gift is home-made. She is rediculed for being poor and making something so mediocre. The teacher shows up and teaches them about the first gifts and having the right giving attitude. She asks them about the very first gift that started it all, the gift of God's Son bringing the gift of eternal life. A happy ending with the poor girl's gift being praised by the teacher, and the mean child does a turn-around and makes a drastic change.

About 15-20 minutes in length. Easy to add or delete characters. (11 children, one adult) Learn More
Mrs. Claus Is Coming To Town
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This is a 20 minute monologue with Mrs. Claus talking to kids about her life with Santa. She starts out with a rap and then begins telling some funny stories and shows her personality and funny character, but then she gets serious and tells the true story of Saint Nicholas and how he was a Christian who gave to the poor because that is what Jesus taught. She shares the gospel briefly and explains that Nicholas is the real Santa and that he knew Jesus.

There is 20 minutes of material, but you can cut it down to any size you need. Many of her stories and jokes can be easily cut. Learn More
Our Church Has Talent
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If your church is putting together a little Christmas talent show and you need a drama to go between the songs... this could be the one for you. A group of young people are waiting around at the dress rehearsal and they begin to talk about the real meaning of Christmas. One girl is very argumentative and they soon figure out that she doesn't even know Christ as her Savior. The discussion moves forward as this girl sees her need and gets saved at the end. It is written for mostly teen aged girls, but some of the characters can be changed to boys. The songs are your own choosing.

8 speaking parts. Written as one male and 7 females. About 15 minutes of dialog. Learn More
Prayers of Christmas Past
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This is a sketch that focuses more on prayer than Christmas.... but it takes place at Christmas. Beth is a middle aged woman who is very stressed out and has become doubtful of God hearing and answering her prayers. She falls asleep and wakes up to see a messenger of God who has come to help her. He/she takes her into her past (like A Christmas Carol) to see herself as a child, a bride, a young mother and then into the future to see herself as an older woman. As she watches herself pray, the angel reminds her that those prayers were heard and answered. This renews her faith and brings her strength and comfort.

6 actors (all female, or the angel could be male. Also... the little girls could be played by the same actress) About 15-17 mins.

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Shopping For Baby Jesus
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Frank and Edith are at it again! This time they are trying to keep out of the whole Christmas scene at church, but they get asked to do stuff anyway. They agree, but only because they don't want to look bad. Edith is supposed to find a baby Jesus for the manger scene, and Frank is to read something at the end of the program. What he reads is the truth of why Jesus came and for a second you think it got through to them both. But not these two... one beat later... they are right back on their own hypocritical soap box. We laugh at them because it rings so true, and sometimes it rings a little too close to home.

One couple. About 10 mins. Learn More
Telling The Story
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Are you looking for something easy to act out without memorizing any lines? This is a Christmas narrative that can be acted out with actors doing pantomime. Should take about 12-15 minutes for a narrator to read while actors tell the story with their faces and their bodies. It is written as 3-4 females and 5-6 males. It could be easily adjusted to fit a larger or smaller cast. It begins with Mary and Joseph and then adds the Innkeeper and his wife, shepherds and then Simeon and Anna in the temple. (which could be omitted) Learn More
The Bethlehem Story
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Are you looking for a narration to go with your choir Christmas Cantata? This narration is about 15 minutes long and covers quite a bit of the story of the birth of Christ. You can weave it in and out of your songs or just use it by itself. Cut out anything that you don't want or if it is too long. Be sure to read the excerpt. Learn More
The Christmas List
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When Mom looks at the Christmas lists of her two teenage daughters, it sparks a conversation about what is really important. Based on Philippians 3:7-8, they talk about how all the stuff that they have accumulated over the years, is all rubbish in comparison to knowing Christ. This could easily be done as father and kids, any gender would work.

3 actors, (1 adult, 2 teens) About 6 mins. Learn More
The Mystery In The Attic
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This skit takes place at Christmas, but the subject really has very little to do with Christmas. It could be used at any time. Rachel and Angela are sisters staying at their grandparents and they decide to explore the attic. They find an old trunk full of things that seemed to belong to their great-grandfather. As they begin to read newspaper clippings, they find out that he was arrested for murder back in 1939, while in college. This becomes a mystery that they are determined to solve and little brother, Jake joins them as they uncover the story of how their great-grandfather found the Lord while in jail waiting for his trial. What sounded bad at first, turned into something that would change the spirituality of their entire family forever!

3 children (2 girls and 1 boy, but could be easily altered) About 15-17 minutes. Learn More
The Prophecy
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This is a short monologue for Christmas or Easter of Isaiah the prophet giving his prophecy of the coming Messiah. Taken from scripture with a few added words to tie them together. Click on 'view excerpt' and then cut and paste it into your own document. The entire script is there for you. Do not use the "add to cart" button unless you are also purchasing another script. Your credit card will not be accepted for a zero amount.

one male actor. Bible costume with beard would be effective. 5 mins. Free Script Learn More
The Wooden Box
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This short play could work for THANKSGIVING or CHRISTMAS or anytime. Jonah is a young boy who needs to learn to say thank you. His parents are concerned and don't know how to develop in him a spirit of gratitude, so they pray. Davey comes by to give Jonah a present: a wooden box. The gift seems like nothing to Jonah, but Davey gave him his favorite thing, a box that his late grandfather had handmade for him. There is a spirit of giving that touches Jonah and teaches him a lesson in gratefulness.

7 actors (4 adults - 2 male, 2 female, and 3 children. Ages may vary, parents could be played by older kids) About 20 minutes. Learn More
This Isn't Carnegie Hall, You Know!
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If you are looking for something very easy that will add to your simple Christmas program, this is a short drama about people arriving to the program, and the people in the background trying to put the thing together and make it run smoothly. Diane is the lady in charge and she is nervous and flustered and she has some kids helping her who are not all that helpful. The rest of the cast are just people arriving for the program to watch, and then talking again as they leave, all of them blessed by what they have seen. But arriving, is a different story, as each one has an issue, complaining children, bickering couple, etc. Toward the end, the power goes out and the Christmas story from Luke 2 is read by flashlight to end the program. Humor throughout. Most parts are very small.

16 actors total (9 adults = 3 males, 6 females. 7 youth & children -mostly girls, but any gender)
dialog runs about 12-13 mins. Learn More
What Christmas Means To Me
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This short CHRISTMAS skit is the same story as "A Change in Plans" about a family dealing with the news that their son will be going to Iraq and not be home for Christmas. In this version, they are actually sharing their testimonies at the Christmas Eve service about how they are dealing with the news. His sister was looking forward to him seeing her in the Christmas musical, and Mom was planning to have a big family reunion on Christmas Day. The father ties in the real meaning of Christmas and how that never changes even when our circumstances do. No movement needed as they just stand in front of the microphones and talk.

3 actors (father, mother and teenage daughter) no set. 5 mins.


This is a free script and is shown here in it's entirety. Just click "learn more" or the title to read it. You may copy and paste it to your own document, or add to cart if you are also purchasing another script. Learn More
Where Is The JOY?
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Bertha and Sheri are two sisters who are planning a Christmas party. Bertha is very worried about things getting done while Sheri is more focused on her quiet time with God. As you may have guessed, these two characters are based on the sisters, Mary and Martha in the Bible. As they try to work together, more problems occur and they finally realize that God has other plans and they end up inviting a needy family rather than their friends. There are two obvious main characters and a few extras at the end with just a few lines. The Christmas theme can easily be taken out for a non-seasonal time.

6 actors (all female, 5 adult, 1 child) About 10 mins. Learn More
Wise Women Still Seek Him
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Three Christian women are out Christmas shopping and begin to feel the pressure and stress of the holiday and it's commercialism. When they see a search light and wonder what sale is going on, they discover a walk-through nativity and begin to think about the real meaning of Christmas. They pray together and head for the manger. This is very loosely based on the wise men following the star to Bethlehem. Several humorous lines.

3 Actresses. About 5-6 mins. No set... takes place standing on a street corner, where most of the surroundings can be imagined. Learn More

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