A Bethlehem Experience • FRI+SAT • DEC 9+10 • 5-8PM

Celebrate Christmas at Bethlehem • Live Bethlehem Experience Tours • 2 Nights • FREE! • Public Invited! • Refreshments • Santa • MORE…


“But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.’” Luke 1: 30-31

WHAT/WHERE/WHEN: Bethlehem Lutheran Church is hosting a must-see 2016 Christmas event in West Dundee on FRI/SAT DEC 9/10th from 5-8PM. A Bethlehem Experience will proclaim the gift of our Savior in a must-experience way!

Guests will be led on 30-minute outdoor tours of 5 playlets where they’ll see the live story of the birth of our Savior. The 6th and final scene fast forwards 2000 years to today & visits a family barreling towards a point of no return. Will they celebrate Christmas 2016–or will they pack their bags?

WEATHER: TOURS ARE ALL ON SCHEDULE! This is a 30-minute outdoor tour in December on shoveled sidewalks/drives. Wear warm winter clothes/shoes/boots. In the event of a blizzard cancelation, bookmark this page for event updates. View/refresh this page before your visit. Updates will appear here and at the top of the page if event schedule changes!

PARKING: Attendants will assist with parking on 4th, Oregon and 5th streets. A new, temporary traffic pattern is planned with angled parking and roadblocks to route traffic one-way around the block. Those arriving are encouraged to be quiet and considerate of those in the churchyard in the middle of taking their tour.

MAP: Use the map in the sidebar to the right to find Bethlehem. We’re located in the red-brick church with the lighted cross right across from Graffelman Park. Our address is 401 West Main Street in West Dundee, Illinois.

ENTRANCE: Guests will be greeted at the east entrance of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and be welcomed downstairs to mingle in our Fellowship Hall and enjoy refreshments and fellowship prior to the outdoor tours.

TOURS, TREATS, SANTA & MORE? Tours will depart from the east entrance and return thru the west entrance approximately every thirty minutes. Groups returning from their journey will be welcomed downstairs again to enjoy more cookies, hot chocolate, coffee and fellowship with the people of Bethlehem. Also downstairs guests will find Santa Claus and Selfies with Santa are welcome. Non-perishable food donations for the FISH food pantry may be left under the Christmas Tree near Santa. Donations are optional and everyone of all ages is invited to attend.

WHY: A Bethlehem Experience is a one-of-a-kind, live, indoor/outdoor Christmas event. It’s designed to bring Bethlehem to life and warm some December hearts on a special little, wintery Bethlehem journey. After enjoying a handful of spiritual scenes from long ago that some may know about, everyones journey will circle back to today and visit a family facing a fate that many may also know about. Will this 2016 family fall apart or will a special encounter bless them and light the troubled path beneath their feet?

FREE! Bethlehem is looking forward to hosting this special, free and public event on December 9 and 10, 2016 between 5 and 8 p.m. Everyone’s encouraged to bring fam and friends. If you feel like helping out a hungry family in need, non-perishable food donations for the FISH food pantry will be accepted. Your donations are appreciated, generous AND 100% optional. You are 100% invited to attend either way.

SHARE! Feel free to share the word of this event via Facebook, Twitter, blogs and your ten other favorite websites and apps. And, don’t be bashful or feel unhip about telling your BFFs in person or on the phone or via email. The internet was created for more than posting pics of your lunch and cat vids!

QUESTIONS? Anyone with questions can call Bethlehem on 847-426-7311 or get answers via our Contact Us form.

WHO: We hope EVERYONE can attend our 2016 A Bethlehem Experience–our first-annual, spiritual, thought-provoking and heart-warming live Christmas journey back to the time when Jesus was born. Guests’ pilgrimage to and thru Bethlehem will end with a journey back to Bethlehem Lutheran Church–back to 2016 where many Marys, Josephs and many more of God’s children may be looking to learn more about Bethlehem, Jesus and His endless Living Water for all who thirst. Hopefully your December 9th or 10th tour will be a fun, entertaining and meaningful complement to your spiritual journey and other holiday traditions that you look forward to celebrating year after year.

MORE CELEBRATIONS? Why not plan a journey to Bethlehem December 9th and 10th to put you and your family in a wonderful Christmas mood early? If you’re planning to attend Dickens in Dundee 2016, we’re sure you’ll want to stop by Bethlehem for our Soup and Salad Luncheon, Bake Sale and Dickens of a Sale. Those are the weekend before A Bethlehem Experienceafter Dickens in Dundee–that’s when A Bethlehem Experience will be debuting our new and exciting Christmas event that you’ll want to be the first to see and enjoy. And, remember: as with any journey, those brave enough to make the trip may be treated to a little bonus surprise or two!

THANKS! Members of Bethlehem, thank you for everything you’ve done to create this first-annual, must-see, must-experience experience! This is shaping up to be yet another wonderful way to help the community celebrate Christmas at Bethlehem! Keep this special event and our special guests in your prayers and, if you’re not outside acting, make sure to stop by and bring a BFF or three to Bethlehem!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Members of the public, you are always welcome at Bethlehem–at A Bethlehem Experience, at our Christmas Concert, at Saturday/Sunday worship services or at our many other year-round events and activities at Bethlehem and throughout the community and around the world. Please visit us at either our red or yellow brick church next door. We’re one church with two churches. This means you can worship at 5:30PM Saturdays or 8AM Sundays in our red-brick church for Traditional Worship or join us at 10:30AM in our yellow-brick church for our contemporary worship in The Well featuring live music by The Messengers.

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EVENTS: This holiday season, we also have many special ways to help you and your family celebrate Christmas; these are ones you’ll want to put in your calendars today. These are fantastic if you’d like a little break from Christmas shopping and also great if you’d like to sneak in a little extra Christmas shopping on your break! 😉


Soup & Sandwich Luncheon
and Bake Sale


Dundee Township Historical Society
Dickens of a Sale (at Bethlehem)


A Bethlehem Experience


Bethlehem Christmas Concert
(Refreshments Afterwards)

7PM & 11PM

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services


Christmas Day Service


New Year’s Eve Worship


New Year’s Day Worship


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