Visit the traditional Town of Bethlehem and meet all the Christmas Story characters
– Wise Men, Shepherds, Roman Soldiers, and Mary, Joseph & baby Jesus.
Experience the drama and activity of the Town Square. Performances of “The Christmas Story” & “A Wedding in Bethlehem” in the Town Square every half hour from 6pm.
Visit & pat the animals in Bethlehem – Camels, Sheep, Goats, Donkey, Chickens – and at “Bethlehem’s Barnyard Babies” (Petting Zoo).
Take the Self-Guided Tour of Bethlehem
See map below for reference numbers.
1. Roman Soldiers
Join the Roman Soldiers on a tour of duty (children’s dress-ups).
2. Herod’s Palace
Visit Herod, King of the region.
Stroll through the Bethlehem Markets and:
- Write your name in the Census
- Try the Wool Weaving
- Play with clay at the Potter’s stand
- Weave a basket
- Haggle with the fabric seller
- Catch a magnetic fish
- Pin the tail on the Donkey
Reflect on the artworks of Pat Lowth.
5. Wedding House
Join the celebrations at a Bethlehem Wedding.
6. Bread of Life Bakery
Eat some fresh bread at the Bakery.
7. Town Square
Experience the drama and activity of the Town Square. Performances of “The Christmas Story” & “A Wedding in Bethlehem” every half hour from 6pm.
8. Olive Leaf Café
Drop in for a free cuppa and a free slice of Christmas Cake.
Join the Shepherds’ Walk and hear The Christmas Story unfold as they walk the streets of Bethlehem (children’s dress-ups).
10. Bethlehem’s Barnyard Babies
Pat the animals in the petting zoo. Great for families.
Look for the three Wise Men and say hello.
12. Beggars Alley
Make a donation to those in need by helping one of our town’s “beggar”” children. All money collected in Beggars Alley goes to the Salvation Army Townsville Recovery Centre and Food Relief NQ.
13. The Well
Meet the woman at the well.
14. Henna Body Art
Try something new with Henna Body Art.
15. Caleb’s Carpentry
Do some hammering at the Carpenter’s shop.
16. Tie Dyeing
Get creative with Tie Dyeing.
17. Photo Booth
Snap some memories. Post and tag us: #Stable16
18. The Inn
Join the Innkeeper’s family for some housekeeping (children’s dress-ups). Say hello to the puppet.
19. Prayer Wall
Write a prayer and place on the payer wall. Receive a Christmas Blessing from the pastors & clergy of the Churches of Townsville.
20. The Stable
Wonder at the awe of The Nativity. Greet Mary, Joseph & baby Jesus.