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Drive through town of Jesus birth
Corinth Baptist Church stages live production of Bethlehem in city
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Journey to Bethlehem

When: 6-8 p.m. today and Sunday

Where: Corinth Baptist Church. 3590 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

How much: Free

More info: www.corinth-baptist.org and 770-532-7751

This Christmas season, take a journey to Bethlehem without ever leaving Gainesville, or your car.

After a two-year hiatus, Corinth Baptist Church is resurrecting their popular drive-through live Nativity scene “Journey to Bethlehem.”

“We think our event is unique because you don’t have to get out of your car, and everywhere you look there is something to see,” event coordinator Jackie Powers said. “It is the whole village of Bethlehem, with live characters and live animals.”

The tour begins with Biblical figures Mary and Joseph riding into the town of Bethlehem on a donkey. From there, visitors will travel through the town market where they will see a blacksmith, basket weavers, a working brick bread oven, an inn and, of course, the infant Jesus in the manger.

“It is a lot like a play production, except it is outside and happening continuously,” Powers said.

There is a lot of excitement about the production, which ran annually for 10 years prior to being discontinued two years ago.

“Folks in the area were asking when we were going to bring it back every year,” Powers said. “They would say ‘This is a family tradition for us, and we miss it.’

“It is sort of by the demand of the community that we’re bringing it back, and it is our gift to them.”

About 150 volunteers, which make up the majority of the church, have been preparing for the production since the beginning of the summer. Participants include children as young as 3 years old and those in their 80s.

“Journey to Bethlehem” is free and takes place between 6 and 8 p.m. today and Sunday at Corinth Baptist Church at 3590 Thompson Bridge Road. The drive-through begins at the Thompson Bridge Road entrance of the facility.

For more information visit www.corinth-baptist.org or call 770-532-7751.

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