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Putnam County community to transform into Bethlehem once again

The annual Walk Through Bethlehem in Hometown in Putnam County has become a Christmas tradition for thousands. (WCHS/WVAH File Photo)

The pages of the Bible will come alive again in a Putnam County community, where visitors can get the true meaning of Christmas at a live nativity scene complete with camels.

Walk Thru Bethlehem will return to Hometown for a four-day presentation that has been drawing large crowds since 2009. Organizers said more than 6,000 visitors took in the display last year that is put on with the efforts of more than 100 volunteers.

The nativity scene will be featured Wednesday, Dec. 13, through Saturday, Dec. 16. Hours will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 13, 14 and 15 and 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, according to the event’s Facebook page.

“We are working daily preparing Bethlehem for another yearly visit from all of you and your friends,” a post on Walk Thru Bethlehem’s Facebook page said. “We are making a few changes as we have done each year since we started in 2009, but only to enhance your visit to our city of Bethlehem, so you can get the true meaning of Christmas.”

Eyewitness News took a close look at a previous Walk Thru Bethlehem to see how it all comes together.


Bethlehem is located behind Hometown Independent Mission Baptist Church on Main Street.

Admission is free, but organizers do accept donations to help offset the cost of repairs and food for the animals in the nativity scene. Visitors also are asked to bring nonperishable food items to be given to the Union Mission food bank.

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