Bethlehem Walk

 Since it's debut in 1992, Bethlehem Walk has become a well-known and much-anticipated part of this community's Christmas season. In that span, more than 200,000 people have viewed this realistic and detailed glimpse of what the city of Bethlehem was like when Jesus was born. 


See a Virtual Version of Bethlehem Walk

In 2000, because of the COVID pandemic, we did not have Bethlehem Walk, and this saddened a lot of people who made this an annual part of their Christmas season. So we did the next-best thing - we produced a video that takes us through the various parts of Bethlehem Walk.


Each year since 1992, Mountain View UMC in Marietta, GA has presented this interactive event to the community. You can walk through the streets of Bethlehem and haggle with the shopkeepers, sign the census and pay your taxes to Caesar Augustus's tax collector. You can also sample the fine dried fruits, enjoy a tasty cup of hot apple cider, and try out the freshly made samples of bread at the bakery. At the end of your journey you will find God's most precious gift. His newborn son will be wrapped in swaddling clothes and found in the stable on the edge of town.

The entire event is free. We do accept donations but that is up to each traveler's own decision.

     Beautiful production with scenes from Bethlehem Walk. Enjoy! 

     Following the walk, enter the sanctuary and enjoy some quiet time or music. 


Important Facts to Know BEFORE You Go:

  1. Nothing is for sale in the city
  2. All shopkeepers and citizens are volunteers.
  3. Lost parents should report to synagogue or storyteller's booth to be reunited with their children.
  4. Pictures are allowed.
  5. Only service dogs are welcome.
  6. The hot cider is HOT.
  7. Handicap parking is available.
  8. Large groups should call 770-928-0050 for van and bus parking or email
  9. Restrooms are available.
  10. Comments and Prayer Requests are welcome. 

The picture above depicts a typical night in the city. Torches light the streets; shopkeepers show their wares in hopes of raising enough money to pay their taxes. Incense and music fill the air adding to atmosphere that creates a sense of a different time and place.

Would You Like to Help?


This ministry is an outreach and needs prayers for provision, safety,  good weather, willing workers, and people to come hear the Good News.


Take cards with you to share with friends. Share information with your friends on Facebook , Instagram, and Twitter Handout cards about our ministry. If you have Bethlehem Walk shirts wear them during November and December.


There are many roles where you can participate in Bethlehem Walk. Below is  brief description of the needs for each area and forms if you would like to sign-up to volunteer or reserve your groups time for the Friday Morning Performance,  if you would like detailed information on the volunteer areas click the more info button below.

We welcome your involvement! Cast, Crew & Volunteer Registration: please contact Cindy Thorne at

Volunteer positions: 

  • Shopkeepers 
  • Construction
  • Sanctuary
  • Kitchen
  • Roman Soldiers
  • Support Crew 
  • Nativity

More info on volunteering: 

Construction building the bridge, the nativity, and the city. decorating and taking down the city. This crew needs 25-30 people. Clint Rex is the City Engineer and supervises the crews for each task.

Kitchen - feeding up to 240 people takes lots of help. 

Sanctuary  - 12-18 needed for welcoming guests back to the 21st century.

Shopkeepers - all shops require at least one shopkeeper.

Townspeople - what is a town without people?  

Nativity - Mary, Joseph, Shepherds (2 or more), Angels (up to 4), wise men 3-4 are needed each performance

Roman Soldiers - Rome's finest protecting the interest of Caesar.
Support Crews  - Backbone of the behind the scenes people.
  • Clean up nightly 6-8 people nightly to help clean up city and kitchen
  • Costumes, make-up and beards-- townspeople, shopkeepers, Roman soldiers, Nativity cast all need help with getting period costumes on appropriately
  • Sound and light crew 2-4 each performance
  • Cider booth uses 2-3 adults and 4-6 youth
  • Hot chocolate for the town- 3-4  people
  • Parking -- no costume required 6-8 needed
  • Nursery Workers at least 2 adults each evening and possibly 1-2 youth as well.

Cast & Crew More info

Click here for more Bethlehem Walk information. 

Click here for an article from the Marietta Daily Journal Bethlehem Walk article. 

For questions, please email:   .