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2023 Events  

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City of Bethlehem

Georgetown First United Methodist Church, 1280 Lexington Road, Georgetown KY 40324
Friday, December 8, 2023  6 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday, December 9, 2023  5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The annual production of “City of Bethlehem” will present the story of Jesus’ birth, Friday, December 8 (6:00-8:30pm) and Saturday, December 9 (5:30-8:30pm) at Georgetown First United Methodist, 1280 Lexington Road in Georgetown, Kentucky.

This FREE EVENT (which does not require tickets or reservations) literally walks you through the events that preceded the birth of Christ with drama, live animals and authentic sets. There are complimentary refreshments and hot drinks served afterwards in the fellowship hall. It’s an unforgettable experience that is suitable for all including small children.

Drive Through Bethlehem

South Elkhorn Christian Church
Saturday, December 9, 2023 6 pm – 9 pm

Our church presents Drive Through Bethlehem on the second Saturday of every December (December 10, 2022) as a gift to the community. For three hours, hundreds of cars line up to see the live presentation of nine scenes of the Christmas story come to life. Our members dress in costume and take their places as shepherds, angels, Roman soldiers, Mary and Joseph. One of the unique features of our Drive Through Bethlehem is the presence of many animals. We have sheep, donkeys, cows, and a live camel every year.

Live Nativity & Holiday Festival

Sayre Christian Village
Thursday, December 14, 2023 4:30 pm – 7 pm

Join us for a family-friendly evening filled with holiday cheer. There is NO COST for this event and it’s open to the public. It’s our way of spreading God’s message of HOPE through the birth of Christ with the local community.

🎄 LIVE Nativity
🎄 FREE PICTURE WITH SANTA! (donations welcome)
🎄 Large Display of Nativities from all over the World
🎄 Chili & Beer Cheese Fundraiser
🎄 Complimentary Cocoa Bar
🎄 Photo Op with Hank the Horse
🎄 Caroling & Kids Craft
👕 “I’m on the Nice List” tee for first 100 attendees!

🎅 Don’t forget to bring your letter to Santa!

🤗 Come Hungry!
Back by popular demand, we will also be hosting a chili & beer cheese fundraiser in the Friendship Towers cafe! You can dine-in or carry-out to make dinner a breeze that evening.

🌟 Chili Dinner with all the fixings + cornbread
🌟 Family Chili Dinner with all the fixings + cornbread (serves 3-4)
🌟 Chef’s Beer Cheese Box with veggies + crackers (serves 3-4)

Proceeds benefit the Resident Honor Fund at SCV. Just as Mary and Joseph were searching for shelter long ago, many older adults are also searching for shelter and need benevolent care.

Event is mostly indoor (no rainouts!) with some booths in the courtyard. Parking is available on the Sayre Christian Village campus.

A Live Nativity

Lafayette Church of the Nazarene
Saturday, December 16, 2023 5 pm – 7 pm

Free, live nativity, live animals, live actors and a living message.

O Come Let Us Adore Him – A Celebration of Nativities Around the World (Display of Nativities)

Gardenside Christian Church, 940 Holly Springs Drive, Lexington
Wednesday, December 6 – Friday, December 8, 2023
5 pm – 8 pm

Indoor display of hundreds of nativity sets. Walk through at your own pace to view nativities from all over the world!
Visit a live, outdoor nativity. Warm up at our Hot Chocolate Bar, ornament making for children and a model train display all located in our Family Life Center!

The Holiday Events Guide is HERE!
Find Santa, Music, Train Rides, Trees and more!!

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