In Brief

Make Plans to Visit the Bethlehem Village 2017

Friday, December 15 - Tuesday, December 19, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Early opening on Saturday AND Sunday, December 16 and 17 at 5:00 p.m.
Hispanic Tour on Sunday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m.


A Tradition for Over a Decade

Nestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains just a stone’s throw from the intersection of the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway a wonderful event is being carried out. Some call it “the greatest story ever told,” some call it “a Christmas miracle,” but for the several hundred workers who will come together for the 15th season, December 15 -19 nightly at Hebron Baptist Church in Afton, Virginia, it’s not so much what it is called, but how they are called to take part in this true Christmas story.

The Village of Bethlehem, a full-fledged modern day reprisal of the first century village of Bethlehem complete with reenactment of Christ’s birth, singing angels, roman guards, an olive press, working looms, carpenter’s, blacksmith's,  weapons and scribe shops, and yes…even live camels and wise men come to life.  Look for a working forge and bakery, as well as a newly built manger for the Christmas reenactments this season!

Much more than just a “living nativity,” The Village of Bethlehem is a real village – a compilation and culmination of work carried out by various members of community churches in and near the Rockfish Valley and the Charlottesville/Albemarle County area.

Enjoy this article about the Bethlehem Village, written by Ken Bryant, in the November/December, 2016 edition of There's No Place Like Nelson magazine, found online at There's No Place Like Nelson.