The interactive performance on a block-wide stage takes place for six nights in December.
The Waxahachie-based recreation of the story of the birth of Jesus from the Gospel of Luke takes on an interactive flair amid costumed actors, robed artisans, old-world style constructions and a cast of large animals in a block-wide stage for two weekends in December 2021.
Set for 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on December 3 – 5, 2021 and again on December 10-12, 2021 on a lot behind Central Presbyterian Church at 402 North College near Downtown Waxahachie [map], Bethlehem Revisited gives visitors a chance to walk around and interact with the cast and witness Mary riding a donkey led by Joseph as they’re turned away from overbooked lodging and seek out rest in a stable.
After giving birth to their son, Jesus, the trio is visited by wise men who were led to the nativity by a bright star in the east to visit the new king lying in a manger.
The block-wide, outdoor stage consists of streets filled with a variety of characters, from Roman Centurions and greedy tax collectors to humble shopkeepers, bakers and everyday citizens of the ancient City of Bethlehem.
Visitors to the free event can roam the grounds throughout the night while they converse with the characters, watch crafters do their crafts, browse the shops, and altogether take in the sights and sounds of how modern minds imagine that the ancient biblical story would have unfolded in what amounts to a three-hour, immersive live nativity scene with a cast of several dozen performers.
Bethlehem Revisited was started in 1997 by the members of Central Presbyterian Church in Waxahachie, Texas and has been a yearly event ever since. The goal of the performance is to make the story seem real and come alive to contemporary visitors through ancient-like constructions, props, costumes and special effects.
A main attraction of the performance, a cast of donkeys, sheep and camels perform as themselves.
In 2020, the event was cancelled due to public health concerns but is back for 2021. Each year, Bethlehem Revisited draws thousands of visitors from throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.