With Dramatic Actors, a Live Nativity and Real Animals
Experience the true historical story of Christmas and the excitement of our Savior’s birth in a spacious outdoor setting with dramatic actors, a live nativity and real animals. Unique to this event, you will actually walk with the Biblical characters along candlelit wooded trails on the Journey. Interact with shepherds and merchants, and receive items to assist you as you Journey to Bethlehem
Scene 1: “The Angel’s Announcement To Mary”
Observe the Angel’s visit with Mary and then join Mary and Joseph on the way to Bethlehem.
Scene 2: “No Room in the Inn”
Experience the disappointment of finding no room in the Inn.
Scene 3: “The Marketplace”
Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the marketplace complete with merchants, wares, and live animals.
Scene 4: “The Shepherd’s Field”
Join the shepherds around a warm crackling campfire watching their sheep by night when suddenly angels appear in the sky and proclaim the news of Jesus’ birth!
Scene 5: “The Stable”
Hurry along with the shepherds to the stable and experience the quiet wonder of finding Baby Jesus in the manger.
Scene 6: “It’s About the Cross”
Journey to Bethlehem is about more then just Jesus coming as a baby. It’s also about why He came!
“Journey to Bethlehem” participants will be welcomed to Woodcrest Retreat with over 300 luminaries lining the entrance and trails.
Parking: Upon arrival, guests will be directed to the parking area and then proceed to Census Registration.
Concessions will be available.
Wagon ride: Every 10 minutes, groups of 30 will board a wagon ride and be transported to the top of the hill to begin “The Journey to Bethlehem”.
“The Journey” will take approximately 45-60 minutes. You will want to allow for extra “wait time.”
A bus will transport guests back to the parking area.
Since the “Journey” takes place outside, participants will need to dress warmly and wear water resistant shoes or boots.
Due to the moderate amount of walking along wooded trails and uneven terrain, unfortunately the “Journey” will not be able to accommodate those who need walking assistance or baby strollers.
Over one hundred volunteers are needed to make the “Journey to Bethlehem” come alive. Please check your calendar and prayerfully consider volunteering. Perfect for individuals and/or families to share the true meaning of Christmas.