Bala’s Trek To Bethlehem

Looking for a family-friendly, true meaning of Christmas event this season? Join the community of Bala as it presents the annual Trek to Bethlehem on Saturday evening, December 1st, 2018.

Once again a circle of Bala streets will be transformed into a biblical village where visitors journey back in time to experience what the first Christmas night might have looked, sounded, and felt like. The tours start at the Bala Community Centre at 6:00p.m. Doors open at 5:30pm. Guests soon enjoy singing Christmas carols inside. Each guest is given a decree stating that they are summoned to the City of their Fathers ‘to be counted’ and to pay their taxes. Departing in small family groups, guests are led by a costumed guide, escorting them around the incredible Trek. Along the route visitors will meet up with an impressive cast of biblical characters: Three Magi are encountered with their wealth and gifts for the Messiah. A miraculous angel choir predicts the future in song. Families journey on, greeting shepherds, avoiding Roman soldiers and lepers and finally arriving at the tax collector’s tent to be counted and to pay taxes. After touring the magnificent marketplace, the infamous Inn, and encountering a prophet, groups continue on to the miracle of the manger scene. The journey ends at the Bala Arena, known as the Jerusalem Inn, where the family enjoys warmth, hot chocolate and cookies. There is no charge. The Trek to Bethlehem has been a Christmas gift from the Town of Bala since 1993. Please dress accordingly – The Trek is an outside walk.

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