Bundaberg's Christmas Festival 2018

Be delighted and get into the Christmas spirit at this years Bethlehem Live! It will be held in Bundaberg from the 18th to the 21st December 2018. Enjoy the family fun activities, displays, re-enactments, menagerie of animals and atmosphere.



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
  • Animal Petting Zoo
  • Food and Drink Vendors
  • Photo Booths
  • Community Care Services Display



For your convenience you can view, download and print a copy of the event program and site map. Download the map here (PDF) — Download the Event Program here (PDF).


From 6pm to 9pm daily


Free Bethlehem Live Petting Zoo. Daily from 6pm


Bethlehem City Gates open 6pm to 9pm


Food and Drinks on sale from 5:30pm to 9pm.


Create your own memories in our free Photo Booths


Five Nativity Plays Daily – Every 1/2hr from 6:30pm


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 3rd 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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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, we have free photo booths, petting zoo, soldier recruitment centre, children’s Christmas activity, family craft, Nativity Play, musical and dance performances, as well as the opportunity to participate in Jewish dancing in the market square.

What time does the event start?

Bethlehem City gates open from 6pm to 9pm.

What time is the Nativity Play?

The Nativity play runs every half hour from 6:30pm with our last performance at 8:30pm.


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


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


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
Big T Electrical & Cooling
Alowishus Delicious
93.9 Hitz FM
Green Valley Digital
Coral Coast Printers
Kix FM
Bundaberg Regional Council
Bible Society Australia
High n Dry Self Storage
Bible Society Australia
Bundaberg Regional Council
Combined Churches of Bundaberg
4BU Classic Hits
Youth With A Mission Brisbane


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



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.


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


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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