Begin your Christmas season with an unforgettable new family tradition. Come and see what thousands are talking about.

Travel back in time to first century Israel to experience the original Christmas story, the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Make plans now for your family to attend this year’s annual production of “Journey to Bethlehem” — a live production featuring a live indoor stage show and a walk-through, outdoor theatre experience set in turn-of-the-millennium Judea.

This year’s “Journey to Bethlehem” will take place at Racine Christian Church on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-5. Doors are open to the public from 5:30-9 p.m., with guests seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Journey” trail tours begin at 6 p.m., departing every few minutes throughout the evening and continuing until the last guest is served. Admission is free.

“This year we are introducing a new, more realistic angel scene,” said Darrin Brower, even organizer. “We have also added extra scenes and pathways to ensure that your ‘Journey’ experience will be unique and engaging, no matter how often you visit.”

Featuring a cast of over 200 in period costume, hundreds of volunteers, scores of live animals, authentic sets, and a breathtaking living nativity, “Journey to Bethlehem” welcomes thousands of visitors annually.
The visitor’s “Journey” begins upon arrival inside the main auditorium. A live stage production, featuring a dazzling ensemble of talent, from live Christmas music to spirit-moving dance, from comedy to incredible story-telling, is part of the “Journey” experience that has something for everyone.
For the second leg of “Journey,” the visitor will join a small group of fellow travelers, setting out on the outdoor trail for an incredible, live, interactive theatre experience. This group, led by a Jewish guide and his family, will embark on an 80-mile, week-long trek (about 3/8 mile or 30-minutes, in real figures) from their home in the tiny Galilean hamlet of Nazareth to the distant town of Bethlehem in Southern Judea to enroll and be counted in the Roman census.

Along the way the family group will encounter a host of characters — fellow travelers, local residents, camels, Roman cavalry, shepherds, radical revolutionaries, and more. Guests are encouraged to participate by interacting with characters, sharing stories, and helping with hands-on activities.

The “Journey” will conclude with a heart-warming scene in a stable with a newborn baby and a message of hope.

For more information, please call Racine Christian Church at (417) 776-2280.

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