Follow the Journey to Bethlehem Dec. 3-4 in Walnut Creek

Follow the Journey to Bethlehem Dec. 3-4 in Walnut Creek

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On Dec. 3 and 4 from 4-8 p.m., the annual Journey to Bethlehem will be held in Walnut Creek. This event has become a staple for many on the trek to Christmas, a production that hopes to convey the true meaning of the season.

The event is live and interactive, intending to give the participants the experience of registering for taxation as Mary and Joseph did, as well as walking through a Bethlehem marketplace. There will be interaction with biblical characters and the sharing of a fireside tableau with the shepherds and their flocks. The journey will end at a live nativity scene.

This event will be held both inside and outside at various locations, and bundling up is advised as the weather has been very chilly during past journeys. This is a multi-destination event. Be prepared to walk and drive to different points along the passage as well. All portions are accessible to those with special needs.

Walnut Creek Mennonite, 2619 County Road 144, Sugarcreek, is the first stop on the journey, where participants register for taxation and pick up a map to follow the route. It is advised to register before 7:30 p.m. as people often begin arriving well before 4 p.m. The Walnut Creek Business Association and area businesses put the event on every year. Some of the organizations participating this year are the Carlisle Inn Walnut Creek, The Farm at Walnut Creek, Walnut Creek Mennonite and others.

Along the journey there will be musical entertainment provided by the Hiland High School choir, several caroling groups and individual musicians. There also will be snacks along the route including cookies, kettle corn, cinnamon rolls, apple cider, cocoa, chocolate-covered pretzels and more.

Stops may be visited in any order, but people are encouraged to begin at Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, where registration is located. Participants do not need to preregister. This is a free event, and there will be no admission fee.

For questions call 330-893-4200.