Thank you joining us this Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. There are many ways to celebrate. We have chosen to focus on the first advent of Jesus by retelling and reliving His story. As you browse the Jerusalem market, witness dramatic reenactments, and relax with warm refreshments, we pray that you will be blessed and grow closer to Jesus.


A live, dramatic retelling of the birth of Jesus. on a short walk, you will experience the bustling Jerusalem marketplace,the song of angels on the Bethlehem hillsides, the crowded inn, the observatory of the Magi, and the simplicity of the stable of the where the newborn Savior sleeps.


Friday  Dec. 9  5:00-8:00 p.m.

Saturday  Dec. 10  5:00-8:00 p.m.


On the campus of Wisconsin Academy

N2355 DuBorg Rd.

Columbus, WI


Journeys are first-come, first served, but you may reserve a time by calling (920) 350-9428.

Dress warmly. The marketplace is indoors, but some of your journey will be outdoors

Outline of Your Journey

Welcome Desk

Welcome to Journey to Bethlehem! To begin, please sign up for a journey at the welcome desk in the lobby of the gymnasium. Your will receive tickets that list the time your journey begins. You will also receive a handful of coins to spend around the marketplace. Restrooms are located in the hallway to your left.

Jerusalem Marketplace

It’s census time, and the Jerusalem marketplace is busy with travelers headed home to register. Listen for theblowing of the shofar (an animal-horn bugle) signaling that a journey is about to depart.

Groups depart every ten minutes. Your guide will have a flag the same color of your ticket. While you wait, enjoy the bustling marketplace. Using the coins you were given and the welcome desk, feel free to sample bread, cheese, soup, and other foods at the various booths. Be diagnosed by a traveling “physician”, help make butter, grind wheat, or play ancient board games. Be sure to pay your taxes at the tax booth first! If you do not, Roman soldiers are on hand to encourage to you pay. Some of the booths you see in the Jerusalem market are sponsored by local businesses. We want to extend special thanks our business sponsors listed at the back of this program guide.


Your guide will lead you out of the village where the angel Gabriel tells about of his mission to find those who are ready for Jesus’ arrival. Surprisingly, few on earth are even aware that the promised Messiah, expected for thousands of years, is arriving tonight.

Herod’s Palace

Your guide leads you into Herod’s palace, where the paranoid King of Judea holds court. A zealot frightens him with hopes that an army led by the Messiah will overthrow Herod and the Roman empire. One of the chief priests calms Herod with assurances that the Messiah is not expected for a long time yet.

The Shepherds

Moving toward the little village of Bethlehem, you come upon a family of shepherds preparing for their evening meal. They spend time in prayer and are open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Unexpectedly, they are visited by a host of angels bearing good news that the Messiah has been born in Bethlehem. They race toward the village in hope and expectation.

The Inn

The night has been busy at Bethlehem’s best inn. The innkeeper is sleeping at his desk. He is anxious to build the reputation of his inn, and chooses his customers carefully. In his quest for money and reputation, he misses the opportunity of his life.

The Magi

Far away, in the palaces of the east, magi watch the heavens and study ancient prophecies. These prophecies lead them to expect the Jewish Messiah’s birth. The appearance of an extraordinary star confirms their study and they set out in faith to follow the star and pay homage to the newborn King.

The Stable

Finally, you step into a humble stable where Mary and Joseph sit wondering at their newborn Son. Though scarcely noticed on earth, all of heaven’s attention is focused on the birth of a Jesus, a Savior to save His people from their sins.

The Christmas Cafe

Step inside for cookies and hot drinks as you warm up after your journey. Enjoy Christmas music, friendship, and a chance to share your feedback.


Call (920) 623-3300.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does Journey to Bethlehem cost?

A: It is free! Journey to Bethlehem is a free gift of Wisconsin Academy and several local Seventh-day Adventist Churches

Q: How many people can register in a group?

A: Groups are limited to 20 people.

Q: Do I need tickets for my children?

A: Yes. Everyone needs tickets.

Q: Is the journey handicapped accessible?

A: Much of it is. Part of your journey will be on paved sidewalks and part will be on dirt roads. If you need assistance, let registration know and we will be happy to arrange assistance for you.

Q. Where are the restrooms located?

A: Restrooms and a drinking fountain are located in the hallway to the left of the welcome desk and in the Christmas Café.

Q: How does the money system work in the Jerusalem Market?

A: At the welcome desk, each person in your group will receive 11 coins–10 sestertii (black pennies) and one denarius (gold nickel). The denarius is worth 5 sestertii just as a nickel is worth five pennies. You may use these coins to purchase various items around the market. Additional coins are not available. To avoid trouble with the Roman soldiers, you will also need to pay your taxes as the Tax Office and keep handy your certificate of payment.

Q: How can I get involved with Journey to Bethlehem next year?

A: There are several ways to be involved. Donations are always appreciated. But if you would like to help in another way, please contact us at

Q: Where does money from the donation jars go?

A: Money donated goes solely to help offset production costs and support the ministry of Journey to Bethlehem.

Q: What is Wisconsin Academy?

A: Wisconsin Academy is a private boarding school, owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It offers a Christ-centered, college preparatory curriculum for grades 9-12. For more information, visit