Bethlehem Walk returns beginning Wednesday, November 30th and continues through Sunday December 4th, 2016.
Bethlehem Walk is located at Salem’s Broad Street Campus (Route 250) in Goochland County, VA just 6 miles west of Short Pump. Traveling eastbound on I-64 take the Oilville/Goochland Exit 167- turn right onto Route 617, take a left at the light onto Route 250 and travel east 7 miles to the site. If traveling west on I-64 take the Rockville/Manakin Exit 173 onto Route 623, take a left at the light and go approximately 2/3 of a mile and turn right onto Route 250 at the T-intersection light. Proceed west approximately 3 miles to Bethlehem Walk.
It’s free – our Christmas gift to you. Donations may be given and are used to cover the costs of the event.
Parking is available at the Bethlehem Walk site and at the shuttle lot at the West End 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.
Because of the massive response to Bethlehem Walk, parking lots fill up rapidly. To avoid traffic and delays, if you plan to visit Bethlehem more than 2 hours after it opens, go to the satellite lot at the West End Church of the Nazarene. If that lot is also full, please proceed to the Bethlehem Walk site.
Directions to the West End Church of the Nazarene shuttle lot:
From the East: Take I-64 west to the Oilville (Exit-167) exit. Go to the end of the ramp and turn left. Go approximately 1/2 mile to the light. Turn left on RT 250 east. Go approximately 4 miles and West End Church of the Nazarene will be on the right. Look for the Church sign.
From the West: Take I-64 east to the Oilville (Exit-167) exit. Go to the end of the ramp and turn right. Go approximately 1/2 mile to the light. Turn left on RT 250 east. Go approximately 4 miles and West End Church of the Nazarene will be on the right. Look for the Church sign.
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.
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. Over 70,000 tours have been given during that span and we expect this year to be our most fruitful season yet! Bethlehem Walk has become more than a ministry of Salem Baptist Church; it has become a community tradition. We certainly hope you will join us and make Bethlehem Walk a traditional part of your family’s Christmas celebration.
Each year, host church Salem Baptist in Crozier, VA partners with various area churches to reach over 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. 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. Bethlehem is constructed on a permanent site at Salem’s Broad Street campus. Throughout the year additional construction, site work, enhancements and repairs are conducted.
Because of the huge response to Bethlehem Walk, we cannot offer reserved tours. Tours are given on a first come-first served basis.
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.
You will be warmly received by the residents of Bethlehem, but some of the Roman Soldiers can be outright rude, 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.
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 (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.
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.