From Everywhere to Bethlehem

From Everywhere to Bethlehem shared the Christmas story in Winkler. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

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From Everywhere to Bethlehem took place in Winkler, Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. The experience immersed visitors in a live action story of Christ’s birth as they discover the Biblical meaning of Christmas.
Visitors to Bethlehem (Winkler Park) were asked to pay their taxes in the form of donated non-perishable food items for the Winkler Food Cupboard.
They then went on a journey to many different scenes where they met census takers, Roman centurions, King Herod, the angels, the wise men and of course Mary, Joseph and Jesus.
Lois Hildebrand and Cyndie Toews organize the annual event which is hosted by the Winkler Evangelical Mennonite Church with help from Bethel Church members.
Hildebrand said 2,700 people attended the three day event.
“It went very well,” she said.
Visitors brought 2,340 pounds of food for the Food Cupboard.
Hildebrand said it’s important to continue this tradition and share what Christmas is all about.
“It’s the best Christmas story ever and you’ve got to tell it every year,” she said.
The event attracted people from young families to a 90-year-old man who came from Winnipeg for the event.
“We get lots of positive feedback,” she said. “The weather was great, people came out, it was awesome.”

From Everywhere to Bethlehem shared the Christmas story in Winkler. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

From Everywhere to Bethlehem shared the Christmas story in Winkler. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

From Everywhere to Bethlehem shared the Christmas story in Winkler. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

From Everywhere to Bethlehem shared the Christmas story in Winkler. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

From Everywhere to Bethlehem shared the Christmas story in Winkler. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

From Everywhere to Bethlehem shared the Christmas story in Winkler. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

From Everywhere to Bethlehem shared the Christmas story in Winkler. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)

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