Stable on the Strand 2015
For five days before Christmas, Townsville’s major ocean-front area, Strand Park, is transformed into the historic town of Bethlehem. Here you can interact with Roman soldiers, traditional craftspeople, livestock, shepherds and sheep, wise men and their camels and, of course, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.
18 – 22 December, 2015
5:30pm to 9:30pm
Strand Park, The Strand, Townsville
About Stable 2015
Stable on the Strand Features
- Town of Bethlehem
- Stable Village Stage
- Youth Program
- Festival Program
- Hospitality Areas featuring free fair trade tea & coffee, cold water, and a slice of Christmas cake.
Stable Village Stage
The Stable Village Stage features wonderful Christmas entertainment.
Many and varied local & guest artists thrill audiences using a variety of media – singing, acting, storytelling and mime.
There are lots of kids’ activities to keep children busy – face painting, games, dressups, carpentry, weaving, pottery and dancing.
Town of Bethlehem
The Town of Bethlehem features the Nativity and Bethlehem scenes, all performed with live actors.
Interactive activities include:
- The Town Square
- Nativity Scene
- Shepherds’ Walk
- Caleb’s Carpentry
- Roman Soldiers
- Prayer Wall
- Pastor’s Blessing
- Bread of Life Bakery
- Photo Frame
- Tie Dyeing
The Birth of Jesus
Luke Chapter 2
About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.
There were shepherds camping in the neighbourhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Saviour has just been born in David’s town, a Saviour who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”
At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:
Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the shepherds talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the shepherds were impressed.
Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The shepherds returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.