“The Journey” recreates the night Christmas began, including the bustling city of Bethlehem where baby Jesus was born in a cave-like stable.
Hundreds of costumed volunteers bring to life this outdoor production that Savannah Christian Church has hosted since 1998.
In the walled city of Bethlehem, streets are lined with a bakery, cloth and jewelry shops, vegetable stands, an inn, tannery and blacksmith shops. It is as if you stepped back in time to an ancient Middle Eastern town.
This year we’re making room for even more visitors. Based on past attendance, we expect 30,000 or more to come this year.
Upon arrival in our main lobby, you will register and be assigned to a group of 35 people. You will make the journey to Bethlehem with this group.
First you will go into our indoor Worship Center, where you will experience the first part of The Journey: a live production of beautiful Christmas music.
Then you will be led outside to begin your journey. You will learn the history of your group and receive your citizenship papers. You will ride a boat across the “Sea of Galilee,” and you will walk a trail where you will encounter Mary, Joseph, an angel and Mary’s cousin, Elizabeth. You will come upon wise men following a star. You will see evil King Herod plotting and pacing in his palace. You will experience the sights, smells, sounds and tastes in the Bethlehem marketplace. And then you'll follow shepherds to find the baby Jesus lying in a manger.
We have golf carts available for people with special needs who are unable to walk the trail. Please visit the special needs table in the lobby area when you arrive.
Please note that strollers and wheelchairs are not allowed on the trail. We have a parking area for them near the trail entrance.
We will offer interpretation for people with hearing impairments at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10 and Saturday, Dec. 13. Please arrive at least 15 minutes in advance and go to the special needs table in the lobby.
General admission tickets are valid for entry to The Journey from 5 – 8 p.m. on any Journey night. These can be purchased both online and at The Source bookstore at Savannah Christian Church.
Timed tickets are valid for a specific date and time and can only be purchased online. The music part of your Journey experience will begin at the time stated on your ticket. If you miss your time slot, your ticket is still good for general admission on any Journey night, but the difference in price between the timed ticket and the general admission ticket cannot be refunded.
Tickets for children aged 5 and under are free.
Groups of five or more are eligible for a $2 discount off each general admission ticket.
Military, fire and police personnel and their immediate family members are eligible for a $2 discount off each general admission ticket purchased at The Source bookstore. Please present your ID at time of purchase. This discount is not available online.
Discounts are not applicable to timed tickets.
The Source bookstore – 912-629-4730
The Journey draws tens of thousands of people from across the Southeast to experience life the night Christmas began. Many of them will hear the story of Jesus’ birth for the first time.
It takes over 1,000 volunteers to make The Journey happen. Be part of telling the Christmas story this December by signing up for a Journey Job here.
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For information about attending the event, please call 912‑925‑9657 or email Info@SavannahChristian.com
For media information, please contact Esther Griffin at 912‑629‑4762 or EGriffin@SavannahChristian.com.