TRUCKEE, Calif. - Every December for the past four years, the sanctuary at Sierra Bible Church has been transformed into a facsimile of first century Bethlehem. The streets of this Bethlehem are filled with men and women, boys and girls in period dress. You will see pilgrims who have been called to Bethlehem to be counted in a census decreed by Caesar Augustus. Roman soldiers and tax collectors keep a wary eye on the unsuspecting pilgrims. The streets are lined with shops, filled with food and first-century crafts ready to serve the weary travelers. One enters the city through a stone archway where you are likely to pass by some of the livestock of the region. Throughout the night a rumor circulates a band of shepherds has been visited by angels announcing the birth of a child, who is found with his parents in a stable, because there was no more room in the inn. What you will see and hear in this Bethlehem is a retelling of the story of that first Christmas.
A Night in Bethlehem will be held at Sierra Bible Church, 11460 Brockway Road in Truckee. The gates to Bethlehem will open Thursday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. This is a community event for the entire family. This hands-on Holy Land experience is free of charge. Go to the little town of Bethlehem for the festivities, mingle with shepherds, enjoy some delicious food, and make your own crafts. Discover why Christmas is celebrated.