LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - For the 26th year, First United Methodist Church has transformed the Lufkin Expo Center into Old Bethlehem. Admission is only 50 cents. East Texans can sample spices, explore dye and weaving shops, candle making, and most importantly visit the baby in the manger. Organizers are trying to create a sense of what life was like in Bethlehem the night Jesus was born.
"Christmas is about Jesus being born, you know, we've gotten so commercialized and so much other interest in things that this sort of brings back the true meaning of Christmas," said Director of Education at the First United Methodist Church of Lufkin, Carolee Brink.
You can visit Old Bethlehem Friday night until 8 and Saturday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Be sure to stop by and watch a wedding re-enactment. The church is welcoming everyone come interact with characters that lived over 2-thousand years ago.