Walk to Bethlehem Annual Pageant
Sunday, December 12, 2021
5:30 PM at the Rangeley Inn
6:00 PM at the Church of the Good Shepherd
This is a FREE event. Your at-will donations are gratefully accepted.
For 41 years, the Rangeley Friends of the Arts have been sponsoring the annual “Walk to Bethlehem” celebration, this year to be held on Sunday, December 12. This unique event, which recreates Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, complete with community members costumed as nativity figures, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Rangeley Inn with the reading of Caesar Augustus’ decree that all people must return to the city of their birth.
Pageant participants and Carolers/Walkers will walk through the streets of Rangeley, singing and stopping at the Catholic Church and the Baptist Church to ask if there is “any room at the Inn?” We will also stop at the Giving Tree, and the Walk ends at the Episcopal Church. Instead of printed Carol Books, click HERE for a link to the words to the carols. Participants can print it out in advance or use their phone/device during the walk.
When the participants reach the Church of the Good Shepherd, they will join others in anticipation of the evening’s program: a traditional family oriented Christmas presentation of carols, classical music, dance and drama. The program begins at approximately 6:00 pm.
Performers traditionally include the Rangeley Ringers, students of the Lakeside Dance Academy, the Rangeley Regional School Chorus, the Rangeley Community Chorus as well as solo singers and other performers. The finale, a traditional nativity pageant, features many local young people and community members in full costumes. At the conclusion of the event, everyone is invited to share in the holiday spirit and enjoy delicious home-made goodies at the beautiful Holiday Reception, which is held downstairs in the Undercroft.