Imagine making the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph did for the purpose of the census. On the guided journey through a wooded park, following a path lit only be candles and bonfires, groups of 25 travelers will encounter shepherds, the Wise men, a choir of Angels, townspeople, livestock and the Imperial Roman Army on horseback.
Each stop along the path tells another part of the Christmas story and leads to the recreation of the Bethlehem village where costumed “village residents” mingle by the bonfire. There are chickens and goats to pet, and nearly a dozen shops to see demonstrations and sample the shopkeepers “wares” as they appeared over 2,000 years ago. Upon being turned away by the Inn Keeper, travelers visit to the stable where the baby Jesus lay in the manger, surrounded by family and, of course, goats and donkeys! Last year 3,750 area residents “traveled” the Journey to Bethlehem.