What is Journey To Bethlehem?

Journey To Bethlehem is a FREE,  live, outdoor telling of the Christmas story completed with the sights and sounds of the first century. You’ll be immersed in the story and celebrate the birth of Jesus as you encounter shepherds, angels, Roman soldiers, and Magi on your way to Bethlehem. Finish the night with free hot cocoa and cookies!

Here is a quick look at last year’s event:

Journey To Bethlehem 2015

When is Journey To Bethlehem?

The experience takes place during the first and second weekends in December. Each night begins after dark at 5:30pm and the lines close at 9pm. The event is free, no tickets needed! We do ask that you bring a pack of disposable diapers to benefit our Wrap A Bottom® diaper drive.

99.1 JoyFM will broadcast live on Saturday, December 3 to benefit Wrap A Bottom!

What can I expect?

Each journey takes about 40 minutes to complete. You will begin inside in the Worship Center for a short program while you wait to start the journey. You will be dismissed, formed into Biblical families and given new names. As you head to Nazareth you meet your guides, head outside, and travel as a family (typically 20-30 people) to Bethlehem. Along the half-mile, wooded, mulch path you will encounter many characters also on their way to see the Messiah. Beware of the Roman Soldiers!

At the end of your Journey To Bethlehem you and your family can enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies in The Landing.

**Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing. A majority of the journey is outside on a mulched, wooded trail.

What is Wrap A Bottom®?

This year Journey To Bethlehem benefits Harvester Christian Church’s Wrap A Bottom® diaper drive. Wrap A Bottom is a campaign to collect disposable diapers for families in need in our community. Last year we collected over 310,000 diapers!

Admission is free to Journey To Bethlehem, but we would like to encourage anyone attending to participate. Simply bring a pack with you and we will take care of the rest!

Learn more about Wrap A Bottom®

How can I get involved?

There are many different speaking and non-speaking roles available and ways to also serve the Wrap A Bottom diaper drive. You can help out during our special workdays as we make sure the trails are all set for the journey. You can even contribute by buying cookies to serve to our visitors!

There is a place for all of us in the story of Jesus.
Volunteer Opportunities

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“Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. Luke 2:15b-16

2016 Dates

November 5 | Wrap A Bottom Collection Begins

*Saturday, December 3 | 5:30-9pm
*Special 99.1 JoyFM night benefiting Wrap A Bottom!
Sunday, December 4 | 5:30-9pm

Saturday, December 10 | 5:30-9pm
Sunday, December 11 | 5:30-9pm

December 18 | Wrap A Bottom Collection Ends

Deaf interpretation available at all times.

Bring a pack of diapers to benefit Wrap A Bottom®. Admission is free!

Journey Kickoff

For all volunteers involved in Journey To Bethlehem and Wrap A Bottom.

November 6 | 3:30-4:30pm

Work Days

October 22 | 8am-Noon
November 5 | 8am-Noon
November 12 | 8am-Noon
November 19 | 8am-Noon
November 26 | 8am-Noon


For all guides and stations. Childcare provided.

November 6 | 4:30-6:30pm
November 13 | 3:30-5:30pm
November 20 | 5:30-7:30pm
November 27 | 3:30-5:30pm

November 30 | 6:30pm

Costume Pick-up

On the third floor of the Family Life Center.

November 6 | 4:30-6pm
November 13 | 10am-1pm
November 20 | 10am-1pm
November 27 | 10am-1pm