Event Overview

A Night In Bethlehem — A Bible-Times Christmas Event for Families

Build the faith of moms, dads, and kids alike as they discover Jesus in Bible-times Bethlehem!

During this 2-hour Christmas program, families wander through the bustling Bethlehem marketplace and discover what life was like when Jesus was born.

Unlike your typical “living Nativity,” everyone will create unique keepsakes as they interact with local shopkeepers who share the Christmas story. And…they’ll love talking to Mary and Joseph in The Stable—and hearing about the miracle of Jesus’ birth.

Perfect for ANY SIZE church!

Leaders will LOVE A Night in Bethlehem...

It’s easy to plan—everything is tucked into one convenient kit.

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It’s easy to get volunteers—just a handful are needed, and here’s where storytellers and drama fans shine!

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And it’s easy to decorate—with lots of DIY tips that transform a few classrooms...a hallway...anywhere...into Bethlehem!

How it Works

Families Experience the Christmas Story as They Visit These Engaging Stations!

This is family-friendly Christmas program — perfect for all ages. As families visit each station in any order, they’ll discover through fun experiences and activities the wonder of Jesus’ birth. 

Everyone will love visiting these stops along the way:

The City Gates Station Photo: Smiling guests enter the event area through a path lined with potted palm plants.

Everyone will register here (making for easy, after-Christmas follow-up!) and get a muslin Traveler’s Tote to hold their Bethlehem treasures.

The City Gates

Bethlehem Bakery Station Photo: volunteer offers a loaf of bakery bread to visiting guests.

Where families enjoy tasty treats.

Bethlehem Bakery

Painter's Hut Station Photo: A little boy with a paintbrush in his hand proudly holds up his newly-painted Christmas ornament.

The hot spot for creating unique, take-home Christmas ornaments.

Painter’s Hut

Pottery Shed Station Photo: Kids and adults gather around a tabletop on the floor working on clay sculptures.

Special Terra-Cotta Clay lets everyone create their very own pottery.

Pottery Shed

The Stable Station Photo: Two volunteers dressed as Mary and Joseph sit over a manger with a baby Jesus doll as guests gather around to hear the story of Jesus' birth.

Mary and Joseph tell about the miracle of their new baby, Jesus.

The Stable

Scribe's Tent Station Photo: A young boy and girl hold bamboo fountain pens and write Hebrew letters on a large piece of brown paper using the near-at-hand inkwell.

At this stop participants will try their hand at Hebrew lettering... and tuck special messages into their very own Scripture Keepers.

Scribe’s Tent

Metal Shop Station Photo: A little girl smiles as she works to press a design into a sheet of heavy foil.

Where foil-rubbing creates one-of-a-kind keepsake nameplates.

Metal Shop

Carpentry Shop Station Photo: A volunteer helps two boys work with a hammer and nails.

A fun “I can do it myself” experience for kids.

Carpentry Shop

Village Photographer Station Photo: A family raises triumphant fists in the air as they pose for a picture in front of the A Night in Bethlehem sign with a sky and palm plant backdrop completing the scene.

Families will love this stop, and receiving their special photos in Follow-Up Foto Frames.

Village Photographer


A Night in Bethlehem Starter Kit

A Night In Bethlehem – An Event They’ll Remember!

Your church and community will thank you for bringing them this powerful Christmas program. They’ll love exploring Bible-times Bethlehem, and hearing about the night Jesus was born from local shopkeepers. At each stop, they’ll create unique keepsakes to take home as reminders of Jesus’ great love for them.

Works great for all size churches and all ages.

A Night in Bethlehem Christmas Event Kit Box

Starter Kit

Easy for you AND your volunteers!

Simple, step-by-step directions give you everything you need to plan, prepare, and recruit for your inspiring Christmas outreach event. This kit includes samples, media pack, and easy-to-follow guides for the director, set-up & decorating, outreach, and leading the experiences at each of the stations.

Plus, you’ll find ideas on how to get families from your community to attend—and have them return after your event.

Only $69.99

Call 800-447-1070 to speak with a Christmas consultant.


Shop Resources

Ordering For Your Christmas Program Is EASY!

Get everything you need for your event in one convenient place.

Use the Super Easy Order Form to calculate the items you need based on your event size, and have a one-stop shopping experience. You can even save your order for future use. No more clicking around to multiple pages to order your resources! Or browse our online store.

Decorating

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