Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is Bethlehem Walk?

Bethlehem Walk returns every year on the first Wednesday evening following the Thanksgiving holiday.

2. Where is Bethlehem Walk held?

Bethlehem Walk is located at Salem’s Broad Street Campus (Route 250) in Goochland County, Virginia, just 6 miles west of Short Pump.

Salem Baptist Church (Broad Street Campus)
465 Broad Street Road, Manakin, VA 23103

3. Is there a cost to visit Bethlehem Walk?

It’s free – our Christmas gift to you. Donations may be given and are used to cover the costs of the event.

4. Where do I park?

Parking is available at the Bethlehem Walk site.  We also have shuttles that run from our alternate parking lot at Connecting Pointe Church of the Nazarene. All parking at authorized Bethlehem Walk lots is FREE. We do not sanction, assume any liability or provide shuttle service for any parking that requires payment. Any paid parking is done without the approval or authorization of Bethlehem Walk and its participating churches and none of the funds collected goes to Bethlehem Walk. Guests that park at unsanctioned alternatives assume ALL risks.

The address of Connecting Pointe Church of the Nazarene:

591 Broad Street Rd, Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103

Shuttles will take you to and from the event. Waiting times from the time you arrive until you enter the city are typically 2 to 2 1/2 hours on the weekends. Feel free to bring your ipod , DSI or a book to pass the time and it’s OK to bring a cup of coffee or hot chocolate to keep you warm.

5. What is the history of Bethlehem Walk?

Since its inaugural season in 2003, Bethlehem Walk has thrilled and emotionally touched visitors from across the Commonwealth. Each December, Salem Baptist partners with various area churches to reach thousands of people with this interactive Gospel drama that takes visitors through scenes ranging from the entrance of the Savior into the world to an empty Jewish tomb.

6. Who organizes, plans and coordinates Bethlehem Walk?

Each year, host church Salem Baptist partners with various area churches to reach thousands of people with this interactive Gospel drama. There is a production team that works year-round, planning and preparing. By opening night, over one hundred-and-fifty members, cast, crew, and support will participate in this year’s event.

7. Can I make reservations?

Because of the huge response to Bethlehem Walk, we cannot offer reserved tours. Tours are given on a first come-first served basis.

8. What should I wear?

This is an outdoor event so please dress warmly and be prepared for potentially wet weather; it is frequently cold in Bethlehem at this time of year. Also wear comfortable shoes, as the terrain can be uneven.

9. What type of a reception will I get when I arrive in Bethlehem?

You will be warmly received by the residents of Bethlehem, but some of the Roman Soldiers can be a little rough around the edges, so stick closely to your guide. Once you return to the 21st century you will enjoy refreshments, listen to Christmas music, and chat with some of our cast.

10. Can I be a part of Bethlehem Walk?

Sure! If you would like to advance beyond a visitor to Bethlehem and become a part of the cast or crew of the Walk, you are more than welcome to participate. Call our Church office at (804) 784-4171 or email us and we will forward your desire to a Walk coordinator who will happily contact you with the details for this year’s event.

11. How can I help promote and/or financially support Bethlehem Walk?

There are flyers and yard signs available at the church. Call in early October to ask for a sign for your yard or flyers to pass out to friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors.


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