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Night In Bethlehem Returns To Hampstead

When you travel through Hampstead on Highway 17, you can almost feel yourself moving towards a busier and faster future. You can’t help it. The frantic pace is palpable and it’s hard to pull yourself out of that rushing current of progress as you maneuver through traffic.

While busy roads and development propel us forward, there is a way to slow down and go back to a quieter time this holiday season.

Hampstead United Methodist Church’s upcoming special event, A Night in Bethlehem, allows visitors one night of time travel. On Saturday, December 16th from 6-9 PM, the church grounds will be transformed into a Bethlehem street scene with stalls showcasing various period activities and establishments, including a Welcome Tent, Scribe Shop, Leather Shop, Pottery Shop, Food Tasting Tent, and King Herod’s Tent. Converse with Jews and Romans in full historical costume as you meander through the shops and let yourself imagine what life was like over two thousand years ago. The showcase will culminate in a full living nativity scene, complete with all the storied witnesses to the birth of Jesus.

This event is free and open to the entire community. Please dress appropriately as activities will be held outdoors.

In case of inclement weather, the rain date is Sunday, December 17th from 6-9 PM.

Visit HUMC’s Facebook page at for updates and other programs taking place.


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