Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Bethlehem Village Opens Dec. 1

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An immersive experience with a live-action set depicting the biblical story of the birth of Jesus Christ returns this holiday season.

Ayden Randall and Aaliyah Giles take care of a donkey on the set of Journey to Bethlehem in December 2017 at the Hermiston Seventh-day Adventist Church. Guided tours through the outdoor village are Dec. 1-3, 2023, on the church grounds. (Hermiston Herald, file photo)

Hosted by the Hermiston Seventh-day Adventist Church, Journey to Bethlehem features 20-minute guided tours through an outdoor village. Actors will depict characters from the Bible and the scenes include live animals.

It opens Friday, Dec. 1, 5-8:30 p.m. on the church’s grounds, 855 W. Highland Ave., Hermiston. The program continues nightly through Dec. 3. It recreates the sights, sounds and smells of a bustling market during biblical times.

A different musical program is presented each night while visitors wait to join a tour. Also, refreshments will be served.

Journey to Bethlehem began during the 2008 holiday season and continued each year until a fire gutted the church in 2018. Equipment and many of the sets used for the program were damaged or destroyed.

The event was paused while the congregation focused on constructing a new building — and then the pandemic hit. It resumed in November 2022.

For more information, search www.facebook.com/hermiston.sda. For questions, call 541-567-8241.

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