BRANDON – A variety of live Nativity scenes will be presented by churches the second weekend of December.
Walk Through Bethlehem is a 27-year-old Brandon tradition at Kings Avenue Baptist Church, 2602 S. Kings Ave. More than 300 volunteers create a reproduction of the town of Bethlehem, complete with donkeys, sheep and camels. Church members play the parts of innkeepers, wise men and the holy family.
About 7,000 people come through the Bethlehem replica every year. Live musicians and singers entertain people waiting for their free, guided walking tours.
The church’s purpose for the production is to present the real reason for Christmas and to lead people to a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Tours, about 30 minutes long, will take place between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and 4-9:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
Visit the church website here for details. Contact the church office in advance, (813) 685-3095, for help with groups and special needs.
Cornerstone Baptist Church
The public is invited to motor along The Road to the Manger – a Drive-Through Nativity – between 6:30 and 9 p.m., Friday through Sunday, Dec. 13-15, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 818 N. Parsons Ave.
There is no charge for this experience in which spectators drive down the church’s U-shaped driveway to view scenes from the birth and life of Jesus Christ.
For the ninth year, church members will play the part of shepherds, angels, wise men, Roman guards and Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Live animals add to the ambiance.
Christmas carols sung by the church choir will be broadcast on a frequency that can be picked up through car radios.
No reservations needed. For information, call the church, (813) 689-3325.
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Immanuel Lutheran Church and School will present their third annual Living Nativity—The Christmas Journey, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, on their campus, 2913 John Moore Road.
The free event takes attendees on an interactive walk back in time through 11 scenes from creation through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The trip ends in the gym, where church members will serve hot chocolate, coffee and cookies.
This special journey is a gift from the church, a way to share the love, joy and peace of Christ with the Brandon community to help remind people of the true meaning of Christmas.
Questions? Contact the church office at (813) 689-1787.
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