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The Bethlehem holiday tradition is back in Bakersfield

You can walk through the time of Jesus Christ
Posted at 11:12 PM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-09 02:33:58-05

One of the most-beloved holiday events is back this Christmas. Local families can step back in time and enjoy the year Jesus was born. It's the Hillcrest Seventh-Day Adventist church's 'Walk Through Bethlehem' event.

When you come you will be greeted by merchants with a friendly, "Shalom, shalom, shalom!"

This is the third year Maggie Coffman says she has brought her family. For her, it's the lessons that bring her back. She said, "Carpenting and building, and just the smells it all just brings back to Jesus and where he stayed."

Merchants and the wise men recreate the life and story of Jesus Christ. While it cost money to enter the city two thousand years ago, this Bethlehem is free. It allows you to buy bread, pottery and even visit Jesus, which is a popular favorite part.

Eloiana, who came with her parents said, "Baby Jesus…because he was cute."

While her brother Isaiah said, "Seeing Jesus risen, and he saved us from our sins."

And Alexis, who also came with her family, said, "What the angel said when people came and they thought it was crazy that Jesus actually rose from the dead."

The kids 23 ABC talked with say they plan to share what they learned about Jesus from this walkthrough. And parents us talking about Christ is what Christmas is all about.

You can visit the Hillcrest Seventh-Day Adventist church's 'Walk Through Bethlehem' Friday through Sunday on the second, third and fourth weekends of December. For more information visit their website: