Don’t Just hear the Christmas story… Live It!
December 5, 6, & 7 – 6–8:30 pm Nightly
Come and see the first Christmas come to life at “A Visit to Bethlehem,” an interactive re-creation of the little village of Bethlehem on the night of Jesus’ birth. Unlike a traditional stage play depicting the events of Christ’s birth, you will be able to interact with the townspeople and travelers in the city.
As you meander through the village, you’ll see craftsmen and women plying their crafts of blacksmithing, carpentry, soap-making, weaving, wool spinning, musical instrument construction and a variety of other trades of the day. Be sure to watch your step though, people today aren’t accustomed to all the animals housed within the city during these ancient days.
You will see and hear the buzz created by a group of shepherds bursting into town with an outlandish story of an encounter with angels. The shepherds are insistent a newborn king is to be found in the village and the town residents and visitors are not quite sure what to think. Caesar has caused a ruckus with his awful census; throngs of Israelites have returned to the City of David to register and pay taxes. The roman centurions seem especially surly with the town now bulging with travelers.
Share the evening of Christ’s birth surrounded by barn animals, shepherds and towns people once again like so many years ago.
You can find directions on the New Hope website at:
Or follow the star that will illuminate the Vacaville sky on the dates of December 5 -7.
Bethlehem may be unseasonably cold winter, so be sure to dress warmly. Although there is no formal drama production, well-known personalities will begin their treks through the village every half-hour throughout the evening re-enacting the historical events as they occurred.
Admission is free, but some food vendors, craftsmen, artisans and merchants will be offering wares along with some samples so you may want to bring your coin pouch. Once again, a Children’s Store will be within the city gates featuring exclusive entrance to children 12 years and under. Items featured at the store are under $5. Gifts appropriate for Mom and Dad, Grandma, and Grandpa will be available.
All proceeds from “A Visit to Bethlehem” this year will be donated to Vacaville’s Opportunity House.
For more information, visit their website at:
or call the church office at (707) 446.4051.