Welcome to Stable on the Strand
North Queensland Christmas Festival
We invite you to experience the Christmas Story of the birth of Jesus and discover the true meaning of Christmas.
18 – 22 December 2018 | 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Strand Park Townsville
Engage with the Christmas Story characters in the exciting & vibrant Town of Bethlehem. Stand in awe as you view the Nativity Scene – Mary, Joseph & baby Jesus at The Stable. Enjoy entertainment for all ages and interactive activities for children.
Entry and all entertainment and activities FREE!
Stable on the Strand is …
A way to celebrate Christmas each year. A family tradition. A place to feel the love, joy, peace and hope of Christmas.
Come and join us!
Joy to the World!
The message had its beginnings a long time ago when an angel told shepherds in the field minding their sheep near Bethlehem “I bring you good tidings (news) of great joy which shall be to all people.”
The reason for the announcement? “Today a Saviour is born, who is Christ the Lord!” – an event predicted centuries before.
Today, people are still called upon by all ways and means possible to express great joy in the significance of Jesus’ birth on that first Christmas. Jesus’ message, His purpose and His work were to change the world – from despair and sorrow to joy and hope.
The hymn-writer Isaac Watts wrote the Christmas carol ‘Joy To The World’ in 1719, with a stirring tune inspired by Handel. The first verse reads:
Joy to the World; The Lord is come;
Let Earth receive her King:
Let every Heart prepare him room,
And Heaven and Nature sing.
This year, we once again present Stable On The Strand as a graphic celebration in sight and sound of the events of the first Christmas.
‘Joy To The World’ is a simple phrase, but is a theme full of excitement, meaning and promise for all. We are invited to think about these tidings of comfort and joy.