PRESS PHOTOS BY TIM GILMANWise Men from the East visit the baby Jesus in the Bethlehem stable, especially built on the stage of the Rose Garden Park band shell in the Christmas City at Union Boulevard and Eighth Avenue. The shepherds with their children and sheep gather in the hay outside the stable. The Christmas scene is completed with the Holy family and Baby Jesus in a manger surrounded by
Chancel Choir of Bethany United Church of Christ protect themselves temperatures in the 20s during the Dec. 11 performance.
Costumed townspeople of all ages walk past the newborn Christ child in a stable at the Rose Garden band shell. The annual re-enactment of the historical and biblical events surrounding the birth of Christ features some 100 costumed participants with live animals.
Angels celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in a stable. The holy family consists of Stacey Morrow, of Bethlehem, as Mary and her infant son, Lucas. Joseph’s role is performed Gary D. Snyder, also of Bethlehem.
Gail Hoch of Nazareth leads a billy goat during the procession of costumed shepherds who came to see the new-born Christ child in Bethlehem. The shepherds were of all ages.
Brock Williams of Hellertown as King Balthasar accompanied by a camel from the National Bridge Zoo in Virginia and a pair of guards.
PRESS PHOTOS BY TIM GILMANNathan Rammell, left, as King Herod outside the royal tent. Additional performers are Mark Reccek as the High Priest, David Laudenslager as assistant High Priest and Nathan Rathmell Jr. as a soldier.
Lauren Correll of Nazareth, one of three soldiers on horseback guarding the Wise Men, passes by shepherds gathered outside the stable in Bethlehem and the Holy family with baby Jesus. The horses were provided by the Blue Ridge Ranch of Nazareth.
Kevin Landis of Bethlehem, one of the pageant’s Wise Men, holds up the newborn Christ child, wrapped in warm swaddling clothes, to the crowd of Live Bethlehem Christmas Pageant spectators. Baby Jesus is Lucas Morrow, son of Stacey Morrow from Fountain Hill, who played Mary. A popular tradition of the pageant is to have one of the Wise Men take the baby Jesus from the stable area closer to the