What is the Journey to Bethlehem experience like?
You will register/check in for your journey in the church lobby and be assigned to a tour group. When your tour group is called, you’ll continue outdoors where you will meet your guide for the Journey. You will visit the Magi as they follow the Star. You will go into the court of King Herod and bear witness to his evil surmising about the “new” King. Along the way, you’ll be able to visit several merchant tents and maybe even find a few surprises on the road to Bethlehem. You’ll see the faithful shepherds abiding in their fields by night and hear the angel choir as they announce with song the birth of their King. Then, you’ll visit the inn that had no room for Joseph and Mary. You’ll then continue to the stable and see the “babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.” And before your journey ends, you’ll also learn about Jesus’ life and ministry while He lived among us and where He is ministering for us today.
Preparing for your Journey
We can’t predict what the weather will be like for our weekend. We normally will hold the Journey unless it is raining, snowing heavily, or it is icy. If it’s cold, windy, or snowing lightly, we’ll still have the Journey. Be sure you dress appropriately for the weather on the evening you come. There is no heat at any of the stations along the journey, and only a few are covered. Wear warm shoes or boots that are comfortable for standing and walking over uneven ground.
If you have booked tickets, we will email you if there is a weather cancellation. You can also check our website each evening for any updates.
- Advance tickets are encouraged, but not required (registration will open in November).
- We have reserved some walk-in spots for each tour, but there may be a wait before there is room for you in a tour group.
- There is a limit of approximately 23 people in a group.
If you have made reservations, we ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour time to allow you time to park and get registered. The tours take about an hour or so from start to finish, and there are light refreshments served after the tour in the church.
For Spanish tours, please do not book a ticket, but instead email us directly and we will let you know what tour times are available with a Spanish-speaking guide.
Para recorridos en español, no reserve un boleto, envíenos un correo electrónico directamente y le informaremos qué horarios de recorrido están disponibles con un guía de habla hispana.
For further information or if you have any other questions, feel free to email us and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.