Baby Jesus Returns to Iowa State Capitol

Baby Jesus will be present at the Iowa State Capitol this Christmas season. Starting with an opening ceremony at 11 a.m. (Central) on December 18 and remaining through December 26, 2017, a traditional Christian crèche will be on display in the northwest corner of the first-floor rotunda, at 1007 East Grand Avenue in Des Moines. The Thomas More Society has teamed up again with the American Nativity Scene to help keep privately funded manger scenes in the public square for Christmas.

“We are excited to share our Christmas message with the public, as the Constitution allows us to do,” said Martin Cannon, Thomas More Society attorney. “More than just an opportunity to share our faith, it is a chance to invite everyone to seek peace on earth and goodwill to all,” he added.

WHAT: Christmas Nativity at the Iowa State Capitol

OPENING CELEBRATION: Monday, December 18, 2017, at 11 a.m. (Central)

WHEN: December 18 through December 26, 2017

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds

WHERE: Northwest corner of the first-floor rotunda, Iowa State Capitol, 1007 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319


The Thomas More Society serves as legal counsel for nativity displays across America and collaborates with the American Nativity Scene. Defending freedom of religious speech and the free exercise of religious faith in the public square, these pro bono attorneys assist nativity scene sponsors. They equip citizens with the knowledge and support they need to successfully display crèches in venues that qualify as traditional and designated public forums.