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Live nativity this Friday and Saturday
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Angels sing “Away in a Manger” as Jesus Christ is born during Bethel Baptist Church’s live nativity. - photo by Allie Dean

A long time Dawsonville tradition is coming back this Friday and Saturday.

For over three decades, Bethel Baptist Church has celebrated the Christmas season with a spectacular live nativity on the church’s property.

Spread over 40 acres of woods, church volunteers act out scenes starting at the birth of Jesus and ending with the resurrection. Visitors are taken through the production in tractor-driven wagons.

The production has always been a big hit in Dawson County, with more than 2,000 people coming to see the nativity each year. It’s a large undertaking that takes the entire 150-member congregation to pull together.

After the play, visitors are invited inside the church to warm up with hot soups, chili, sandwiches, drinks and other refreshments, provided by the congregation for free.

Wagons will run continuously through the display, departing the church parking lot at 6 p.m. and stopping at 9 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 8.

Visitors are advised to dress warmly and plan for a 45-minute wagon ride. Admission is free.

Bethel Baptist Church is located off Hwy. 136 by the Shoal Creek Road fork.