Town of Bethlehem
Monday 18 – Friday 22 December
5.30pm – 9.30pm
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, Chickens, Donkey.
1. Roman Soldiers
Join the Roman Soldiers on a tour of duty (children’s dress-ups).
Reflect on the artworks of Pat Lowth.
3. Herod’s Palace
Visit Herod, King of the region.
4. 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.
Look for the three Wise Men and say hello.
Join the Shepherds’ Walk and hear The Christmas Story unfold as they walk the streets of Bethlehem (children’s dress-ups).
7. The Well
Meet the woman at the well.
8. Bread of Life Bakery
Eat some fresh bread at the Bakery.
9. Olive Leaf Café
Drop in for a free cuppa and a free slice of Christmas Cake.
10. Wedding House
Join the celebrations at a Bethlehem Wedding.
11. Town Square
Experience the drama and activity of the Town Square. Performances of “The Shepherds Story” & “A Wedding in Bethlehem” every half hour from 6pm.
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
13. Levi’s Leatherworks
In their workshop the leatherworkers and their apprentices are pnching out personalised name tags with great enthusiasm.
14. Henna Body Art
Try something new with Henna Body Art.
15. Caleb’s Carpentry
Do some hammering at the Carpenter’s shop.
16. The Potter
17. Tie Dyeing
Get creative with Tie Dyeing.
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.