Experience life the night Christmas began.
Join a tribe going to Bethlehem to register as citizens of the Roman Empire. Encounter the angel Gabriel and the Wise Men. Travel by boat across the Sea of Galilee. Hear prophesy foretold at the temple. See evil King Herod plotting to kill a newborn boy.
Enter the gates of Bethlehem. Hear the pounding of the blacksmith hammer, the braying of donkeys, and the shouts of fishmongers selling their catch. Push past the dancers, beggars, and merchants all hawking to the crowd that is mobbing the small village.
“Have you heard about the baby that was born tonight?” someone calls. Follow the shepherds to find the newborn babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. Let the wonder of the season warm you in that star-lit stable.
“Glory to God in the highest. And on earth, peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14
- Wednesday - Sunday
- Dec. 1-5 and 8-12
- Registration 6-8 p.m. nightly
Tickets: $5/person or max of $20/family. Children 5 and younger free. Group discounts. Military, fire, police personnel with ID qualify for $5/family “Hero” pass.
Tickets are also available in advance and at the door through The Source bookstore at Savannah Christian Church.
Barge Release Form
Any person under the age of 18 requires a signed waiver to particpate in the lake crossing. You can help us expedite the check-in process by printing and completing the Barge Release form.
Please present the signed Barge Release form the evening you attend "The Journey"
The Journey experience is set at the Henderson Campus of Savannah Christian Church.
55 Al Henderson Blvd Savannah, GA 31419
Click here for Directions
The campus is near the intersection of Highway 204 (Abercorn Extension) and Highway 17. Heading north on Highway 17, continue straight through the intersection with Highway 204. Make the next left, turning on to Little Neck Road. Go approximately one-quarter mile and turn left on to Al Henderson Blvd. Turn left into the church entrance.
Heading south on Highway 17, just before the intersection with Highway 204, turn right on to Little Neck Road. Go approximately one-quarter mile and turn left on to Al Henderson Blvd. Turn left into the church entrance.
How long is the Journey experience, registration to exit?
Visitors can expect to be here approximately an hour and a half. Peak times on weekends will be longer.
Will I be able to purchase something to eat or drink when I arrive?
A coffee bar in the main building will be open for guests to buy coffee drinks, soft drinks, juice, pastries, hotdogs, and assorted snacks and chips.
Will I travel through the experience in the same group as my family member with special needs?
Since space on these special-needs trams is limited, we will try to allow at least one family member to ride with each special needs guest. The rest of the party will be in a tribe immediately following the tram.
Is there much walking? Is the ground uneven?
The Journey path is roughly 3/10 of a mile on a cleared path through the woods. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
How should I dress for the Journey?
Since most of the experience will be outside, guests should dress with the winter weather in mind.
Is there a maximum charge per family?
Tickets are $5 and are available at The Source Bookstore or online. Children 5 and under are free and no immediate family pays more than $20. Discounts are available for active-duty military, fire, and police personnel with ID.
Is there child care available?
No childcare is provided. The Journey is designed for families with children of all ages, however kids old enough to stand and walk the trail will have the best experience. Strollers are not encouraged due to the outdoor trail.
"The Journey" is an exciting experience as we bring the Christmas story to life for thousands of visitors. Join us this year!
Read through the volunteer positions available. Complete the form to let us know you want to be on the Journey team.
Builders and Painters– Construct sets, paint and decorate prior to Journey.
First Connections Team –Greeters, Ushers, Parking Attendants
Registration Team – Register guests and take tickets.
Roman Tent Hosts– Hand out coins and name cards. Family friendly!
Roman Centurions– Guide tribes around the entire journey from start to finish. (Men ages 13 and up)
Special Needs Team– Register and assist special needs guests on and off trams.
Costumers – Make and repair costumes. Help with costume distribution and collection each night.
Waterfront Workers– dock attendants assist guests boarding the boats, certified life guards, boat drivers.
Marketplace Actors– Assume roles of various Bethlehem marketplace vendors. (Children birth through 5th grade must be accompanied by an adult to participate.)
Animal Handlers– Care for and feed animals. Clean animal shelters and put out hay. Family friendly!
Food Prep – Prepare and present food served to guests at the Inn in Bethlehem.
Super Servants– Clean and stock the set each night, refill torches and candles.
Tech Team– Work behind the scenes to set up sound systems and microphones.
Breakdown Crew– Take down sets after Journey, store props and supplies.
Donations– Want to help with “The Journey” but can’t due to busy schedules, etc.? You can still be a part of the team! Manna is accepting donations of pistachios in the shell (not red) and Fig Newtons to feed our thousands of guests.
Scripted Actors Schedule 2010: pdf - xls
Share Your Story
Tell us about your Journey experience. Tell us what you enjoyed and how it affected you.
All I can say is wow, this was very amazing. I recommend EVERYONE attend it a least once. The characters made you believe that you were really there that night. It makes me realize that they had to wait for their blessed Messiah so I can easily wait patiently for any gifts of any kind to come my way for Christmas.
I finally realized how hard it was for them back then so I am thankful for what God has blessed us with in these days. I really wish I could have really been there for his real birth. God is truly Emmanuel, and I am glad that He humbled himself to save me from my sins. Thanks all who put on this wonderful re-enactment of the Journey to Bethlehem. I would love to go again next year.
My family and I came to Savannah Christian about seven months ago, and we are so in love with everything that our new church home does for Christ. The Journey was most spectacular, and I wish that I had volunteered this year! If it is God's will that I should see another Journey, I will most definitely be on the other side of it.
My children learned new things about Jesus that night even though they were raised in a Christian family! The Journey just made it so simple for them and portrayed a perfect illustration of first century living! Oh yeah ... I loved the authentic food!
Alejandro Alick III
My wife and I took the Journey on Friday, Dec 10th. What a wonderful experience to magically be part of an ancient story, hearing narration in our modern language, really reminding me about the significance and beauty of the Christmas story. I felt set back to my childhood and treasured the sights, sounds and smells as I would have as a boy. It is amazing to see the enthusiasm of hundreds (if not thousands) of volunteers participate in this event, proclaiming the truth. As the Centurions said all night long to my tribe: "And the Journey continues..."
Last night, on the way from Hilton Head to our first Journey experience with some good friends, my 7-year-old said, "I know I'm going to like this because I love stories about God." He was right. Our whole family marveled at the wonder of it all. As we were leaving my son said "That was great!"
Beau (his 7-year-old buddy) and I told the Roman soldier about baby Jesus and how He could save even him!" That soldier bowed before the baby in the manger at the end of our journey.
Thank you to all who brought the gospel to life for us! Merry Christmas!
We enjoyed The Journey very much! It was our first visit, and I don't think it will be our last. The feeling that I left with was the feeling that I should have in my heart year round. May the Lord continue to bless you!
My little boy and I took The Journey last night. It was so awesome, truly unforgettable for us both! Thanks so much for all the hard work put into making a great experience for all.
This is my second time visiting. This time I brought my two teen-aged kids, and they were in AWE of the whole event. It was breathtaking. I look forward to many more. Thank you. May God bless your church.
My husband has a fairly large family, so this year we decided to just buy a gift per family instead of per person. We decided that there was no better present than to invite and pay for everyone to experience "The Journey."
We piled up and all 21 of us took our journey Saturday night. The music was so awesome, and everyone felt the togetherness and spirit of our Lord. I think we have found a new tradition for our family.
My family really enjoyed the experience. We are most thankful for the dedication that you guys have shown to allow everyone to participate in "The Journey."
It was very well done. My young children really enjoyed it. It was so realistic. Amazing job. Thank you for having this. Wow. Wow. Wow.
Our family were minglers in Bethlehem on Friday night. Our daughters, ages 8 and 9, enjoyed their time assisting the baker and the potter. My husband was pleased to help the woodworker, and I also enjoyed mingling with all the different shop keepers.
We've only been in Savannah a year and a half. This was another activity that made the church and city seem that much smaller. Our family is looking forward to walking through "The Journey" with visiting family this coming week and participating again next year, too.
We thoroughly enjoyed participating in The Journey tonight. This was our second time, and it was even better than what we remembered from two years ago.
We are amazed and captivated by the realism portrayed by the actors/actresses, and the amount of time and effort it obviously takes to do something of this magnitude.
We also appreciated the sincerity of the pastor and volunteers at the end of The Journey who handed out coloring books, candy canes, business cards, and peanuts.
The most special thing for us this time was being able to experience it with our toddler-age son. Sharing the Christmas story with him in such a tangible way was a real blessing, and we know it will have a tremendous impact on him.
Thank you all for your time and service to the Lord.
Just a quick note to let you know how very thankful I am to be able to participate in the Journey. I have been several times as a guest, but as a new Savannah Christian member, serving as a jewelery maker in the Bethlehem city market brings on a totally different meaning. I had the best time last night!
I love experiencing the excitement of faces who cannot get over the realism. Seeing for the first time an era where life was truly hard, but a time when God choose to send us His perfect gift, His Son.
Thank you for allowing me this opportunity.
My kids love The Journey. It brings the Christmas story to life for them as they walk through Bethlehem, nibbling on a few sweets from the innkeeper and seeing all the merchants, potters, fishmongers, and live animals.
Then walking to the stable and seeing Mary, Joseph, and tiny baby Jesus – a real baby sometimes crying softly - reminds us all how very real and life-changing this ancient story of amazing love really is.