main street bethlehem


Special 'Burnet only' night at Main Street Bethlehem

Main Street Bethlehem allows visitors to walk the streets of 1st Century Bethlehem on the night of the birth of Jesus. Burnet residents will have a free preview tonight before the opening the gates of the city to the world from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1-3 and 8-10. Admission is always free.

This year, Main Street Bethlehem will have been a part of Burnet for 25 years.

First Baptist Church of Burnet is celebrating this milestone with a great offer: In an effort to control crowds and shorten the usually long lines, Main Street Bethlehem will be open to Burnet residents only tonight, Thursday, Nov. 30, from 6-9 p.m.

Main Street Bethlehem has taken residents of Burnet and surrounding counties — and states — on a journey back in time to the birth place of Jesus Christ for a quarter of a century.

Visitors are given a chance to enjoy a firsthand sensory experience of a time long past, and it has been a source of entertainment for countless visitors.

After this special night for Burnet residents, Main Street Bethlehem will take place Dec. 1-3 and 8-10 from 6-9 p.m. and is free to the public; donations are accepted.


Main Street Bethlehem celebrating 25th anniversary

Contributed/Leslie Walzel
The wise men watch from outside the cave as Joseph and Mary swaddle baby Jesus during a previous performance of Main Street Bethlehem in Burnet. The event opens the first Friday in December.




By Jenn Robison

Burnet Bulletin

A Burnet icon — Main Street Bethlehem — has begun preparation for its 2017 annual production.

This is the 25th anniversary of the production. Main Street Bethlehem is a free admission, outdoor re-creation of how the birthplace village of Jesus Christ may have looked on that night more than 2,000 years ago.

If past years are a reliable guide, crowds of people will come to Burnet to walk through at their own pace, experiencing first-hand culture, animals, crafts, and beliefs that characterized that moment in history. If the weather permits, attendance is expected to be upwards of 25,000 people.

How it started

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