Bundaberg's Christmas Festival 2017

Be delighted and get into the Christmas spirit at this years Bethlehem Live! It will be held in Bundaberg from the 19th to the 22nd December 2017. Enjoy the family fun activities, displays, re-enactments, menagerie of animals and atmosphere.

 

WELCOME TO BETHLEHEM LIVE

Take a step back in time to witness and walk through the marketplace of Bethlehem as it was 2,000 years ago. Beware of the Roman Soldiers and don’t forget to sign Caesar’s Census. Once inside the City gates you’ll be transported back in time as you interact with Bethlehem Market Place residents.  Bethlehem City is a busy place and at last check there was no room at the Inns!

  • Free Entry
  • Bethlehem City walk through
  • Interactive Market Place Stalls
  • Musical Entertainment
  • Christmas Nativity Play
  • Children’s Activities
  • Youth Hub
  • Animal Petting Zoo
  • Food and Drink Vendors
  • Photo Booths
  • Camel rides
  • Community Care Services Display

CAMEL RIDES FROM 3:30PM TO 5PM!

Camel Rides are from 3:30pm – 5pm daily during the 4 evening event. $5 per ride. There is also a free Petting Zoo.

A Camel and Bethlehem Live Bundaberg

VIDEO FROM LAST YEARS EVENT

MAP & EVENT GUIDE

For your convenience please see link below to view or print a copy of the event program and site map. Download the map and event guide here (PDF)

MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT

From 4pm to 8:30pm daily

PETTING ZOO

Free Bethlehem Live Petting Zoo.   Daily from 5:30pm

YOUTH HUB

Visit our Youth Hub 5:30 to 8:30pm

BETHLEHEM CITY

Bethlehem City Gates open 5:30pm to 8:30pm

REFRESHMENTS

Food and Drinks on sale from 4pm to 8:30pm

PHOTO BOOTHS

Create your own memories in our free Photo Booths

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITES

Pre-Event Activities – 4pm

NATIVITY PLAY

Five Nativity Plays Daily – Every 1/2hr from 6pm

ABOUT

The concept of Bethlehem Live is bought to you by the Combined Churches of Bundaberg in partnership with SU Qld. It came from Townsville’s very successful Christmas Stable on The Strand event which has been running now for around 16 years.

The heart behind Bethlehem Live is to provide a free & inclusive Christmas event that is interactive, fun and joyful, that not only brings the story of Christmas to life in a unique and exploratory way, but also seeks to offer practical care and support to those within our community who may be doing it tough. Each day we see and work with families and individuals who are struggling with grief and loss, sickness and disease, financial issues and relationship breakdowns, to name just a few. These types of situations are heightened at festive times. It is our hope that this festival will not only draw our community together but will also help alleviate some of these stressors by connecting those in need to the variety of care support agencies that will be on site throughout the event.

This is the 2nd year that Bethlehem Live has run in Bundaberg. Last year we were overwhelmed by the positive response from the community. We had twice as many people attend as we anticipated and look forward to seeing what this year will bring? :).

This event is for everybody and we hope that you will come along and check it out!

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FAQs

Is there wheel chair access?

Wheel chair access is via Crofton Street school entry.

Is there a variety of food and drinks for sale?

Yes there will be a selection of hot and cold food and drinks available for purchase throughout the event.

Will there be items to purchase in Bethlehem City itself?

No. Bethlehem City is an interactive experience where visitors will get to try their hand at various trades but all stalls are for display purposes only.

What activities can we expect for children/youth?

Besides the interactive Bethlehem City Market Place Stalls, Petting Zoo and Nativity Play there will be a follow the star activity for children/families each night. Camel rides can be purchased before and after the event, Dance and Art workshops run from 4-5pm each day, as well as a Youth Hub for high schoolers. Other activities are our GIANT Christmas themed colouring in’s  which will be stationed at every table at our Music Stage and our dress up Bethlehem Themed Photo Booth.

What time does the event start?

Bethlehem City gates open from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. However there will be musical entertainment, food and drink vendors, camel rides as well as art and dance workshops all operating from 4pm each day.

What time is the Nativity Play?

The Nativity play runs every half an hour from 6pm, with our last performance at 8pm.

LOCATION

Bethlehem Live is held at the Bundaberg Central School Grounds, 13 Crofton Street, Bundaberg. Gates open at 5.30pm.

Bethlehem Live

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BETHLEHEM LIVE
Find us at: Bundaberg Central State School, corner of Barolin and Crofton Streets, Bundaberg, QLD 4670

PRESS & COMMUNITY KIT

To help promote this event, please consider downloading the below A4 poster by clicking here, printing it out in colour and then hanging it in your shop, store-front, community notice-board, club hall, etc. If you would like DL Flyers to display on your front counter or desk, please contact us and request a bundle. If you require media marketing collateral materials for media releases or news items, please contact Matt Gees 0427 768 228.

Bethlehem Live Bundaberg 2017 sign

SPONSORS

Bethlehem Live is a non-profit event that relies on volunteers, sponsorship and donations from local churches, businesses and
individuals to cover the cost of providing this amazing festival for the Bundaberg Community. We would like to thank our Sponsors. This event would not be possible without their support.  Please consider supporting those who support us. If you would like to know more about becoming a sponsor please download our sponsorship proposal  document (PDF) or contact Lisa Hardie 0414 983 353 Email: bundybethlehem@gmail.com

St John's Grace Fund Limited
4BU Classic Hits
Kix FM
Youth With A Mission Brisbane
Big T Electrical & Cooling
Combined Churches of Bundaberg
93.9 Hitz FM
Bible Society Australia
Bundaberg Regional Council
SU QLD
Alowishus Delicious
Bible Society Australia
Coral Coast Printers
High n Dry Self Storage
Green Valley Digital

WITH THANKS

This event is proudly bought to you by SU Queensland and the Combined Churches of Bundaberg and the many people who have helped run this event.

Combined Churches of Bundaberg and SU QLD logos

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WHAT IF IT RAINS?

If it rains during the 2018 Bethlehem Live event we will update this section of the website and also post our ‘Plan B’ on our facebook page. We’ll also do the same if we need to close down any night due to poor weather. We do though suggest wearing comfortable shoes that might get a little dirty and bring a umbrella. Our tents are shower proof, not storm proof.

LEND A HAND!

Last year we had 470 volunteers who all played a part in the success of our very first Bethlehem Live.  If you would like to lend a hand there are so many different ways to be involved. Please register your interest with your local Bundaberg church or email bundybethlehem@gmail.com

CONTACT US

For more information or to register interest as a volunteer phone Lisa Hardie on 0414 983 353 or send an email to bundybethlehem@gmail.com

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