About ROAD to BETHLEHEM Lilydale
Monday 11th to Thursday 14th
7:00pm till late
Bring your family, friends and colleagues to experience an outdoor walk-through theatrical presentation that brings to life the true story and meaning of Christmas.
The evening begins in our waiting area, where you'll find all kinds of activities and music to keep you entertained.
As you take part in this outdoor-promenade theatre adventure with your group, you'll be stopping at several drama presentations.
The Bible story begins to unfold before your eyes as you walk to each scene in the epic story.
You'll recognise many characters along the way, some searching for the same thing you are.
Some 15,000 travellers each year are lead around the Christmas story by character guides (in groups) - making Road to Bethlehem one of Australia's biggest free Christmas events.
You’ll encounter all manner of characters along the journey, from the jealous royalty . . .
. . . down to humble shepherds . . .
to majestic angels. . .
to Roman soldiers.
All in a quest to find the true meaning of Christmas.
The One who has been born King, to save us from our sin.
The ROAD to BETHLEHEM walk takes approximately 40 minutes from start to finish. Tours depart every 6 minutes. It is an interactive drama and tour groups walk from scene to scene. Arrive early, pick up your tickets, then enjoy the free entertainment and children's activities.
ROAD to BETHLEHEM caters for all ages and encourages young families to attend. Although the path can be slightly bumpy in places, pushing a pram is still manageable.
Want the inside word on the best time to take the ROAD TO BETHLEHEM walk? RtB is best seen after dark, when the lighting focuses your eyes on the sets. It becomes dark just after 9pm during RtB week.
ROAD to BETHLEHEM is enjoyed by people in wheelchairs every year. The road can be a bit bumpy in places. We suggest that you bring along a friend to give you a push, if required.
Tickets must be picked up half an hour before your tour time. However, we suggest you come early, pick up your tickets and enjoy the free entertainment for all ages in the front area. We provide live music for all to enjoy and there are free craft activities for the younger kids, face painting, balloon craft and a climbing wall for the older kids. We have a wide variety of food and refreshments available at affordable prices.
ROAD to BETHLEHEM continues. The show must go on! We've closed only one day in 16 years due to torrential rain! Wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella or a coat if it's threatening to rain or a cold wind may be blowing. Read our full Rain FAQs
While everyone needs a ticket, including children and infants in prams, ROAD to BETHLEHEM is toll free for all tourists. ROAD to BETHLEHEM simply could not happen without the funds we receive from the public each year. You will have opportunity to make a donation at the Tax Collectors booth near the end of the walk or send your donation to P.O. Box. 157, Forest Hill, VIC 3131. Thank you, in anticipation.
ROAD to BETHLEHEM caters for group bookings of up to 30 people in one timeslot. All booked groups will travel the ROAD to BETHLEHEM as part of a larger total group, which will include other members of the public. For more information about bookings, click here.
Sorry, no pets are allowed.
Yes! Since 1995, more than 150,000 visitors of all ages have enjoyed the ROAD to BETHLEHEM experience.
ROAD to BETHLEHEM is produced by members of the many Seventh-day Adventist Churches around Melbourne as their Christmas gift to the community. Over 400 volunteers are involved each year. ROAD to BETHLEHEM has been running in December each year since 1995.
- To find your nearest Seventh-day Adventist church, click here.
- To find out what Seventh-day Adventists believe, click here.