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Bala’s Trek to Bethlehem
December 7 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
This Year – Tour The Trek! Bala’s Trek To Bethlehem
Saturday December 7th, 2019
Amidst the hustle and bustle of December shopping and all the challenges of the holidays, why not take a break to learn and really enjoy the true historical meaning of Christmas. This year, come to the hamlet of Bala and “Tour the Trek”!
Join the community of Bala as it presents the annual Trek to Bethlehem on Saturday evening, December 7th. Once again, a miraculous circle of Bala streets will be darkened, lit only by friendly fire pits, as the area is transformed into a biblical village where visitors journey back in time to experience what the
first Christmas night might have looked, sounded, and felt like.
The tours start at the Bala Community Centre at 6:00p.m. Doors open at 5:30pm. Guests soon enjoy singing Christmas carols inside. Each guest is handed a decree stating that they are summoned to the City of their Fathers ‘to be counted’ and to pay their taxes. Departing in small family groups, guests are led by a costumed guide, escorting them around the incredible Trek.
Along the route visitors will meet up with an impressive cast of biblical characters: Three Magi are encountered with their wealth and gifts for the Messiah. An astonishing choir of angels predict the future in song. Family’s journey on, greeting shepherds, avoiding Roman soldiers and a lonely leper, finally arriving at the tax collector’s tent to be counted and to pay taxes.
After touring the magnificent marketplace, the infamous Inn, and encountering a prophet, groups continue on to the miracle of the manger scene. The journey ends at Jerusalem Inn, better known as the Bala Arena, where families enjoy warmth, hot chocolate and cookies.
While donations are welcome, there is no charge. The Trek to Bethlehem has been a Christmas gift from the Town of Bala since 1993. Please dress accordingly – The Trek is an outside walk.
More Info: Pat Gidley 705 762 3405