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bethlehem live

What: Christmas Journey through the Streets of Bethlehem- Experience the story of Jesus complete with live actors, animals, and personal interactions. Be a part of the census and immersed in biblical history as you walk the streets of Bethlehem and experience scripted mini dramas of the time. 

Who: Chris Gieschen Writer/Director and local talent

Where: Bethlehem Tent

When: Throughout the Festival

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Nov. 22 & 24, 2023

2023 Season- See us at the Festival of Trees and the lighted Nativity Scene downtown.

stage performances

What:  Christmas in the Park performance art

Who:  2023 Festival performances to be announced. The following were 2019 performances:
Big Blast balloon sculpture ministry

Gamble and Patterson voice/guitar artist duo

Dan Heath solo voice/guitar artist

Carolaires group youth choir

Concordia Lutheran High School Chamber Choir

First Missionary Church Praise Band

Where:  Activity Tent

WhenSee the activity tent timeline at the link below.

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bethlehem live
horse-drawn wagon, camel tent
horse-drawn wagon

What: Ride a Christmas wagon around the festival


Where: Outside the performance tent

When: TBA

Learn more 

camel tent

What: Experience sights and sounds of live camels like those used in biblical times to traverse the barren desert. Kings used these beasts of burden to follow the star of Jesus and present him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Who:  "The Camel Man"

Where: Behind the Bethlehem village tent

When: TBA

Learn more 

What: Enjoy cookies and beverages in between activities and visits to festival booths.

Who: Christ Child Festival

Where: Pavilion

When: Throughout the Festival

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beautiful booths

What: Festival of Trees entry, beautiful booths, and "Do it Together" ideas for your family

Who: Christ Child Festival

Where: Pavilion

When: Throughout the Festival

refreshments, beautiful booths

What: Make a little girl in need very happy with an article of hand-made, brightly-colored clothing. Dresses and shorts will be shared with local mission teams to take to a variety of countries.

Who: Local Mission Teams

Where: Pavilion

When: Throughout the festival

clothing for the needy
farm animals

What: Lovable farm animals will delight young and old alike.

Who:  Animal Grams

Where: Performance tent

When: Throughout the Festival

little dresses, farm animals
live caroling

What: Watch for groups of carolers to entertain you throughout the festival grounds. Be sure to join in.

Who: Various Youth Choirs

Where: Throughout the Festival grounds

When: TBA

go fish

What: Youngsters delight in this time-tested game of fishing for a prize.

Who: Volunteers

Where: Activity Tent

When: Throughout the Festival

caroling, go fish
big blast balloon

What: Expect to smile for balloon sculpting that teaches about the birth and life of Jesus Christ.

Who: Big Blast Ministries

Where: Pavilion

When: TBA

Learn more about Big Blast

bless a veteran

What: Write a Christmas note of appreciation to a local veteran.

Who: Local Veterans Association

Where: Pavilion

When: Throughout the festival

Learn more about our local VA

big blast, bless a veteran
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