Journey to Bethlehem



Take a Journey


Journey to Bethlehem is a free event for the whole family. In this live nativity journey, you’ll begin at the Roman Census and then follow your trustworthy guide through the streets of Bethlehem, the shepherd’s pastures, and ultimately to the stable housing God’s greatest gift to us all. Come early to enjoy music, games, or even a movie while you wait. Concessions will also be available. We’ve got hot dogs, chips, cookies, and drinks. All proceeds will help support upcoming youth missions trips.

Walk-ins welcome each day! Online reservations will be available again this year (link coming soon), but walk-ins are encouraged—you may get entry at the door until 8:30 pm. We ask those without young children to book later online times or to take walk-in spots in order to free up earlier times for families with young children.

2019 Journey Dates and Times

  • Thursday, December 12: 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Doors open 5:30 pm
  • Friday, December 13: 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Doors open 5:30 pm 
  • Saturday, December 14: 4:30 – 8:30 pm. Doors open 4:00 pm 
  • Sunday, December 15: 4:30 – 8:30 pm. Doors open 4:00 pm

How to Get Tickets

There are two ways to register:

  1. Online: Get your tickets online through Eventbrite. Online reservations are full, but walk-ins are accepted each night until 8:30 pm!
  2. Walk-in: Walk-in tickets are available each night on a first-come, first serve basis until 8:30 pm each night.


Where do tours start?

  • Tours begin at the Roman Census in the front of Building D. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your reservation time. Your spot may be skipped if you are not present when your tour starts.

How do I check in and register?

  • If you registered online, please either print your tickets or have them available on your mobile device. 
  • As you and your group arrive at the front of Building D—the main entrance at Salem—please present your tickets at the "census" (registration desk). If you are a walk-in, you will be assigned a tour group time based on current availability.
  • Once you check in, you will move to a waiting area in the Multi-Purpose Room in Building D. There will be concessions and entertainment available while you wait. We’ve got hot dogs, chips, cookies, and drinks. All proceeds will help support upcoming youth missions trips. 

How many people are in each tour?

  • Each tour consists of about 28 people.

How often do tours run and how long is each tour?

  • Each tour starts about every 6 minutes and takes about 40 minutes to complete.

Can I bring my stroller or wheelchair?

  • Unfortunately, strollers cannot be taken through due to space restrictions and use of stairs throughout the drama.
  • If you need wheelchair access, we will certainly accommodate you—please let us know when you check in.

What happens if it is raining?

  • The Christmas story is too important to miss. Journey to Bethlehem tours will take place rain or shine!

More Information

If you have any other questions about Journey to Bethlehem or Salem Baptist Church, please contact our Journey team at, or at 919-362-7327.