The fifth annual Journey to Bethlehem begins Dec. 4 and continues nightly through Dec. 7. Tours begin at 5:30 p.m. with the last tour leaving at 9:30 p.m. Average annual attendance is over 3,600 travelers.

This event is a free gift to our community from the area-wide Seventh-day Adventist churches, along with community friends totaling well over 250 volunteers. Free tour reservations can be made at j2bwenatchee.org. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. Walk-ins are always welcome any time prior to 8:30 each evening, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Enjoy community music groups while you wait for your tour to begin.

Tours last about 40 minutes, with most of the tour time spent outdoors. Please dress accordingly.

1. This event is intended to draw our attention to the Christ Child, Son of God, born more than 2,000 years ago in a manger.

2. Experience the Roman Guards’ brutality and the tax collector demanding taxes, even more than required by Caesar. Hear the wisdom of the wise men as they travel searching for the Christ child.

As you search for a place to stay for the night, you will be turned away without hope of rest. Hear the prophecies from the Bible, told by the scribe, about where and when Jesus was to be born.

In the fields, watch as the shepherds witness the angel’s proclamation of the birth. There, in the lonely fields and cold manger, was the child we all call Jesus.

3. Enjoy the sound and smell of the animals as you travel Bethlehem city streets. You’ll see donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens and Lily the camel.

4. Barter with the shopkeepers for your food and supplies for your long journey, always being wary of thieves, beggars and the retched lepers.

5. May this event cause each who attend to contemplate on what the birth of Jesus means to you and your world.

Glenn Fisher is the director of Journey to Bethlehem.