On Friday night we drove to the location, parked in a field, boarded a cold, windy shuttle pulled by a tractor, made the half mile drive to the location of the event... and fortunately got to go inside to register, have hot chocolate and popcorn and warm up while we waited for our group to be called (already pretty much exactly like the Bethlehem walk).
The kids enjoying their hot chocolate and popcorn
This was some sort of business garage that they had set up for the event
They made it really pretty!
When our group was called, we were introduced to our leaders, Joel and Hadassah, and then Frank (the guy who started it five years ago), gave us a little introduction. Then we were off on our one hour adventure! We walked on a path lit by torches to the different stops:
(These photos are pretty horrible, but I didn't want to use my flash and disrupt the experience for others. Here are the few that sort of turned out):
The first few stops were Moses, King David, Isaiah and Micah, as they each prophesied about the birth of the Messiah
The angel coming to Mary
Elizabeth and Mary
Joseph in his carpentry shop
They had an AMAZING marketplace set up that we walked through but all of my pictures (because I was walking) were horrible =0/
Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus
I liked this one with Caleb and Moriah in it
The wiseman had an Elaborate set up!
Here they are talking to King Herod
Offering their gifts to Jesus
Jesus as a boy, in the temple
Healing a blind man
The night ended up back inside (in the warm) as they shared the message of the gospel! What an amazing event, with over 100 cast members (including a Roman soldier on horseback) and lots of live animals! I think we have found a new Christmas tradition!