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Take A Walk Through Bethlehem In Tulsa

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Church members at Christview Christian Church play wise men, angels and towns people in Bethlehem Walk. Church members at Christview Christian Church play wise men, angels and towns people in Bethlehem Walk.
Visitors to the Bethlehem Walk interact with the Christmas Story, renting a donkey to travel through time. Visitors to the Bethlehem Walk interact with the Christmas Story, renting a donkey to travel through time.
The Bethlehem Walk started Thursday night and runs through Sunday, December 6. The Bethlehem Walk started Thursday night and runs through Sunday, December 6.

By Rick Wells, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- How'd you like to view Christmas a little differently this year?  Tulsa's Christview Christian Church began its annual Bethlehem Walk Thursday night.

The Bethlehem Walk is a live, interactive nativity presentation that takes the visitors back in time.

"Last year was our biggest year - we had 2,400 people go through," said Paula Scott.

More than 200 church members are in costume each night of the production: townspeople, angels, wise men and a tax collector. The wise men have real beards -hard to be a wise man without a beard.

"The first of November is when we start pulling the costumes of people who have signed up," said Judy Ethridge.

The church owns its own costumes, including a dozen or so Roman soldiers.

What does a Roman Soldier in December wear under his costume?

"Sweats, red sweats," an actor answered.

Everyone who attends becomes a family member who must travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Visitors begin by trying to rent a donkey.

As you walk, along the way you'll meet soldiers, a tax collector, lepers, beggars, wise men, and shepherds. You'll hear of the birth of a mysterious baby in a manger.

There are warming fires, but you'll be outside for 45 minutes, so bundle up.

This is the 11th year of the production; it's their Christmas gift to the community.

"If you saw it live and interacted with it, then it's a part of you," said Paula Scott.

The Bethlehem Walk runs from December 3 - 6. For scheduling purposes, they'd like visitors to make reservations.

 

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