Little Town of Bethlehem Walk at First United Methodist Church
The First United Methodist Church of Escondido will host the 32nd recreation of the “Little Town of Bethlehem” Dec. 13-15, a renowned holiday tradition where visitors can experience the excitement
The First United Methodist Church of Escondido will host the 32nd recreation of the “Little Town of Bethlehem” Dec. 13-15, a renowned holiday tradition where visitors can experience the excitement and joy of the first Christmas.
Last year, over 1800 people attended Bethlehem Walk, strolling through the masterfully staged open areas of the church. Live artisans, shopkeepers, shepherds, Jewish families, Roman centurions and prophets present a living picture of Bethlehem in the time of Caesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor who decreed that a census be taken, setting in motion the pivotal event of Christendom, the birth of Jesus, the Christ, in Bethlehem. In Escondido’s “Little Town of Bethlehem, there also is, of course, an inn and a manger, complete with actors portraying Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus. (Yes, real babies, swaddled warmly against the cold!)
“Bethlehem Walk shares the story of Christmas,” said Rev. William deBos, pastor of FUMC Escondido. “Local churches of different denominations help us build and staff the ‘city.’ We all come together to share the joy of Christmas and its message of peace and goodwill for all of the Earth.”
The church is located at 341 South Kalmia Street, at the corner of 4th and Kalmia, in Escondido. Tours are free and begin every 5 minutes during designated times. Reservations for tours are highly recommended; those with reservations are given priority entrance in the tour groups. Tours will be: Friday, Dec. 13, 5:30 – 8:55 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 14, 4 – 8:25 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 15, 4 – 7:55 p.m.
We encourage our guests to bring donations of non-perishable food items for Interfaith Community Services. Bethlehem Walk is handicapped accessible but mostly outdoors, so guests should dress appropriately.
Reservations can be made beginning Monday, December 2, at 8:30 a.m. at fumcescondido.org
(Friday) 5:30 pm