Journey to Bethlehem Gives Visitors a Trip Back in Time
Enjoy a free, open-to-the-public holiday event In Manhattan Beach December 5-9
(Manhattan Beach) — More than 12,000 people are expected to take a trip back in time Dec. 5-9 by visiting Journey to Bethlehem, a free holiday event that will give visitors a chance to see what life was like on the first Christmas.
Journey to Bethlehem will feature a cast of more than 200 costumed actors, dozens of live animals and countless life-changing experiences when it comes to the campus of Journey of Faith Church at 1243 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA.
In its seventh year, Journey to Bethlehem promises new surprises for all who come to explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Bethlehem as it must have been more than 2000 years ago.
“Families can immerse themselves in what life was like on that special evening more than 2000 years ago when we celebrated the first Christmas,” said Jon Crowe, Journey of Faith creative director in charge of the production. “Instead of sitting in an auditorium watching a Christmas pageant, our guests will be able to experience firsthand the joy and wonder of that night.”
All senses are engaged as guests visit the petting zoo, taste food of the time and hear angels singing from on high. Everyone can get their hands dirty working with the potter, listen to the ancient tales of a storyteller or learn how the baker, the brick maker and the blacksmith made their wares in olden times.
Every 45 minutes, a pregnant Mary rides into Bethlehem on a donkey with her husband, Joseph, at her side. After being turned away at the local inn, the couple takes up residence in a stable. Angels then appear to announce the news of the savior’s birth, and the shepherds, wise men and guests can then visit the stable to see baby Jesus with his parents.