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Bethlehem A.D. Recommended

When: Dec. 21-23, 6-9:30 p.m. 2014
Price: free
bethlehemad.com

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and Hella Camels

Sure, other churches put up Nativity scenes for Christmas, but do their shoebox dioramas include real people portraying Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, and hundreds of Bethlehem denizens? Or include a biblical menagerie of sheep, camels, and donkeys? Bethlehem A.D. does, and the free attraction is completing its three-day run on Christmas Eve ... Eve. For 19 years, Tapestry Church has been staging a living re-creation of Bethlehem on the day Jesus was born with the help of hundreds of volunteers. Visitors who explore the miniature town are awarded "certificates of pilgrimage" as well as free coffee and doughnuts.

— Giselle Velazquez

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