Christmas Road to Bethlehem

Dec 7th, 2017 | By | Category: Community

The “Christmas  Road  to Bethlehem” is now open and will remain open through January 1st.   The annual event includes approximately 30 locally hand painted scenes and scriptures placed along Bethlehem Road, off Hwy 31 North just 11 miles north of Lonoke and 11 miles south of Beebe, which tells the story of Christ’s birth.   Since its beginning in 1987 the exhibit has been a popular destination for visitors from all over central Arkansas and beyond at Christmas time.  Many who have visited “The Road” share  memories of driving down Bethlehem Road and reading the Christmas story together with family and friends.  Who would have imagined that a hand full of good friends who believed in the Christmas story could have put together something so wonderful  that still  lives on today, almost 30 years later,  even though many of its founding members have since passed on.  Oh, could it have been the vision of members of the caring  small community of Bethlehem?  Yes, that must be it.   Some of the founders like Jeaneane and Jerry Nipper, John and Bert Lindquist, Joann and Freddy Abshure,  Minerva and Baxley Ball,  Wesley Hayes, and Lois and BillyRoy Fawcett.   Friends who had a vision of sharing the spirit and meaning of Christmas with others outside of their small  community of Bethlehem. Through many hours of hard work and dedication they made their vision a reality.   Today many still enjoy the fruits of their labors.  The lighted displays are wonderful to see at night, however, the scenes are also enjoyed on daytime drives as well.  You are invited to bring friends, relatives, large groups, church buses, and senior citizen groups to come enjoy the “Christmas Road to Bethlehem” this Christmas Season.    Bethlehem Methodist Church will also hold musical programs, candlelight services, and refreshments on the following dates from 7:00-9:00 each night.    December 14th the Disciples from Des Arc  December 15th The Bobby Burns Band  December 16th The Halleigh Harmony Quartet  December 17th The Bull Creek Band    The church is located at 2540 Bethlehem Rd. Lonoke, AR