Take a Journey to Bethlehem

By on December 6, 2017


Journey to Bethlehem at Woodcrest Retreat is an unforgettable event designed to experience the true story of Christmas in a spacious outdoor setting with dramatic actors, a live nativity and real animals including sheep, goats, alpacas, and a pony.

The event will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16. Guests may arrive anytime between 6 and 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The Journey will take approximately 60 minutes plus possible wait time.

Now in its seventh year, the event has attracted over 13,000 guests. Unique to this event, is that participants will actually become part of the story as they walk along trails with the Biblical characters and receive items to assist them on their journey.

In six unique scenes, participants will observe the Angel’s visit with Mary and then join Mary and Joseph on the way to Bethlehem and experience the disappointment of finding no room in the Inn. Meet Roman Soldiers roaming the trail on the way to the marketplace. The travelers will join the shepherds around a warm crackling campfire watching their sheep by night when suddenly angels appear in the sky and proclaim the news of Jesus’ birth. Along with the shepherds, participants will hurry to the stable and experience the quiet wonder of finding Baby Jesus in the manger. The close of the journey will feature a short candlelight celebration entitled “Go Light Your World.”

Journey to Bethlehemsen participants will be welcomed to Woodcrest Retreat with over 300 luminaries lining the entrance and trails.

Upon arrival, guests will be directed to the Census Registration area where “taxes” will be collected on those ages four and older. Every 10 minutes a group of 30 participants will take a short wagon ride to be transported to their first stop on the Journey to Bethlehem. A bus will transport participants back to the parking lot at the close of the evening.

Taxes due are $10 for adults; $5 for children ages four to 16; children age three and under enter free. No family will pay more than $40. Taxes must be paid in cash or two weeks in advance.

All proceeds will benefit the summer camp ministry of Woodcrest Retreat.

Since the “Journey” takes place outside, participants will need to dress warmly and wear water resistant shoes or boots. Due to the moderate amount of walking along wooded trails and uneven terrain, unfortunately the journey will not be able to accommodate those who need walking assistance or baby strollers.

Woodcrest Retreat is a nonprofit Christian camp and retreat located at 225 Woodcrest Drive, Ephrata. Learn more at WoodcrestRetreat.org.

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