Visit the Bethlehem Village

Due to the ongoing COVID19 Pandemic, the Bethlehem Village will NOT be open for the 2020 holiday season. We will miss you all, but will be back next year in 2021.

A Tradition for More Than Two Decades

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 work together to share this annual event each year 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. Over 3,200 visitors walked through the gates of Bethlehem in 2019 and enjoyed the sites, sounds, smells, and wonders of Bethlehem.

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, visit with the shopkeepers, and interact with the Roman Soldiers!

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.