Experience Bethlehem is an outreach of Hope United Methodist Church. Each year, over 300 volunteers build and inhabit the city of Bethlehem for four consecutive nights in the fall. Visitors are encouraged to bring a canned good as their "tax" to be paid to the Romans who control the city. Visitors then have the opportunity to walk through the city of Bethlehem as they encounter shopkeepers, dancers, soldiers, and those living in and visiting the city during a census taken by Ceasar. After journeying through the city, visitors will encounter shepherds, angels, the three kings, the innkeeper, live animals, and finally the manger where Christ was born.
Mark your calendars to join us December 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm each night!
We welcomed 6,259 guests in 2018 and collected over 8,000 pounds of canned goods to support local food banks!
In order to help you plan your visit, Sunday and Monday nights are the largest gatherings (1,500 each night), with Friday night being the smallest crowd.