Guinness World Record judge Michael Empric determined there were 1,039 participants in a nativity production this week in Utah, along with a camel, donkey and sheep.
That tops the record of 898 people last year at a nativity scene in the United Kingdom.
The event on Monday featured a variety of performers who made videos posted on YouTube. It is also expected to serve as a backdrop for a music video.
Organizers, however, said breaking the record was secondary to emphasizing religious faith over Christmas-season shopping.
“We wanted to do it simply to show the world what Christmas is all about,” said Derral Eves, one of the producers. “It is not all the presents, but it is about the true gift of Christmas — Jesus Christ
“The fact that this is an interfaith event is absolutely wonderful,” Hutson said. “It allows everyone to say — despite our differences in religion. we are all celebrating the birth of Christ.”