Bundaberg's Christmas Festival 2022

Bethlehem Live is BACK! Step back in time with us on the 13th to 16th of December from 6pm to 9pm. Planning is well underway for the 2022 return of Bundaberg’s Christmas Festival; so watch this space! Bethlehem Live is proudly bought to you by SU Australia in partnership with the Combined Churches of Bundaberg.


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



Watch this space for the 2022 map of Bethlehem City.

Bethlehem Live 2022 - Event Schedule
Download the 2022 Event Program

Christmas Hamper Giveaway

Download the below flyer, enter your name and number and drop it in the entry box at Bethlehem Live for you chance to win. One Christmas hamper drawn every evening!

Click the image below to download the flyer.

2022 Bethlehem Live Flyer - click here to download


Bethlehem Live is a nonprofit 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.


From 6pm to 9pm daily. Plus mini-Carols event every night!


Free Bethlehem Live Petting Zoo. Daily from 6pm


Bethlehem City Gates open 6pm to 9pm. Opening Ceremony Tuesday 5.45pm (centre stage).


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


Create your own memories in our free Photo Booths


There will be four plays of the Nativity a night at 6:30pm, 7:05pm & 7:40pm.


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 5th year that Bethlehem Live has run in Bundaberg.

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. There will be an Opening Ceremony on the Tuesday evening at 5:30pm.


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


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.
St John's Grace Fund Limited
Alowishus Delicious
Youth With A Mission Brisbane
Scripture Union Australia
Green Valley Digital
High n Dry Self Storage
Bundaberg Regional Council
Bible Society Australia
Bible Society Australia
Electric Steel
Combined Churches of Bundaberg


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 2022 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

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