The 27th season of the Springfield Nativity Pageant takes place this weekend. The annual show features a cast of hundreds along with live animals and a real baby as the newborn Jesus. This year the Baby Jesus will be portrayed by 2-month-old Farrah Dauer, with her parents Nick and Crystal Dauer as Joseph and Mary. The free pageant is a gift to area residents from the Springfield Area Nativity Theatre Association and the community of Springfield. It is approximately 40 minutes long, and takes place in Springfield’s Riverside Park beginning at 7pm both Friday and Saturday. Hot beverages and cookies will be served in the Springfield Area Community Center as well.