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Bundaberg Welcoming 'Bethlehem Live'

Image from 2018.  Supplied.  

UPDATE | Bundaberg once again showed its support for Bethlehem Live at its 2019 opening night at Central State School.

Following the official opening by Grace Fund representative Bernadette Latimere & Scripture Union Qld CEO Peter James; locals and visitors stepped back in time over 2000 years.

Image from 2019 event.  Image Supplied 

This annual event since 2016 is organised by Scripture Union and the Combined Churches of Bundaberg as an opportunity to offer a free, family friendly Christmas event for the Bundaberg community and share something of the real meaning of Christmas.

Image from 2019 event.  Image Supplied 

With over 8000 people visiting in 2018, Bethlehem Live organisers are excited about what impact this year’s event will have on the Bundaberg region.

Now in its 4th year, Bethlehem Live, a project of Scripture Union Queensland and the local Christian churches of Bundaberg, aims to bring a glimpse into what the city of Bethlehem might have been like over 2000 years ago, at the time of Jesus’ birth.

Event Director Lisa Hardie says it’s an opportunity to share a little about the meaning of Christmas, but also a way to give something back to the community.

“Our city of Bethlehem is an interactive experience” she says “we want families to come down to the Central State School oval and experience the sights, smells and feel of a moment in history and to do so in a way that doesn’t involve spending heaps of money”.  There is something for everyone! 

This year, Bethlehem Live kicks off on Tuesday December 17 with an official opening ceremony at 5:45pm and will run over four nights from 6:00-9:00PM.

Each night visitors to the ancient city can interact with merchants, travellers and soldiers, visit the baby animals in the petting zoo and hear the story of the birth that changed the world from a locally written play.

Kids can even enjoy activities aimed just at them, like signing up at the Roman Soldiers recruitment centre, participate in several craft activities, Bethlehem games and a follow the star cryptic clues trail.

Outside the city, families can enjoy our free photo booths, array of food vendors and live musical acts including a special 1-hour Community Christmas Carols from 8pm on Thursday 19th December. (Please note Bethlehem City gates will close for the Carols at 8:00PM)

For more information head to our website www.bethlehemlive.com.au