Special to The Hays Daily News

JETMORE -- This year marks the 11th "Journey to Bethlehem," hosted by the Jetmore and Hanston United Methodist Churches with help from other area churches.

The free community event is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12, with a tour for those with special needs from 5 to 5:30 p.m. and a dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. at Jetmore United Methodist Church.

"Journey" takes visitors through first-century Bethlehem to experience the original Christmas. Travelers meet the wiseman, census taker, tax collector, inn keepers, elders, shepherds,and angels as they pass through the gates of Bethlehem.

They will come upon a marketplace full of sights and sounds complete with live animals and culminate the journey with an encounter with Mary, Joseph and the Christ child.

Visitors will share mint tea and cookies with a storyteller who will share information about the historical period and region. Then walk "Journey to Bethlehem 2010" and gain an even deeper understanding of the prophecies and events surrounding Christ's birth,

Afterwards, a freewill donation dinner is served by the Hodgeman County Business Boosters at Jetmore's King Center located on the north end of Main Street. The proceeds will benefit a local scholarship fund.