Starting with scenes in Princesshay and concluding at Exeter Cathedral, it involved adults and children, many of whom arrived dressed as characters from the nativity story.
Canon Anna Norman Walker, who organised the event, said: "We are delighted that the Exeter Nativity was such a success this year. Everyone entered into the spirit of the occasion bringing the High Street to a standstill with Mary and Joseph and their donkey leading a vast crowd of people towards the cathedral with all sorts of nativity characters large and small among them.
"We also enjoyed some open air theatre on the West Front with carols led by the Salvation Army Band and the bustle of the Christmas market all around.
"Almost 1,000 people headed into the cathedral for the final Nativity scene where children joined the living crib with real sheep and a two-week-old star playing the role of baby Jesus.
"We hope that the Exeter Nativity will become part of the city's festive celebrations for many years to come."
There will be more photographs in Thursday's (December 20) Express & Echo.