Bethlehem A.D. Demonstrates the 'Reason for the Season' in Downtown RWC

The "living nativity" scene is located at the corner of Middlefield and Cassia in Redwood City.

Bethlehem A.D. 2012   Photo: Paula Paulin Dresden
Bethlehem A.D. 2012 Photo: Paula Paulin Dresden

December 21, 22, 23 (Sat-Sun-Mon) | 6 to 9:30pm nightly

Plus drive-through preview night (vans or private cars) for elderly or “special needs” visitors, on Friday Dec 20, 7pm-8:30pm. Call or email to make arrangements for your van/car.

1305 Middlefield (near Main) | Redwood City


One of the area's most cherished holiday traditions will open Saturday night in downtown Redwood City. 

Bethlehem A.D., also known as the "Living Nativity" brings the experience of that first Christmas to the corner of Middlefield and Cassia for three glorious nights, Dec. 21-23 from 6-9:30 p.m.

Visitors, or “pilgrims”, walk through the Bethlehem village and are immersed into the life and vitality all around them, as they interact with a cast of 200 costumed characters and a menagerie of live animals.

Organizers say Bethlehem A.D., now in its 21st year, brings together diverse people from all faiths and ethnicities to strengthen the sense of “community” and camaraderie so appropriate at Christmas time. 

The creative and technical magic of the show is the work of the husband and wife team of Paula Paulin Dresden and Karl Dresden of San Carlos.

Like a large-scale theatrical production, Bethlehem A.D. is complete with elaborate sets, costumes, lights, sound, and a myriad of technical details…made all the more challenging because the event is held outdoors in any weather.

"Through the years there were rainstorms have threatened to close the show, yet the rain would always miraculously stop during show hours from 6pm to 9:30pm so visitors should never be dissuaded by inclement weather.  The show will always go on!" said Paula Paulin Dresden. 

"Rain or shine, Bethlehem A.D. opens to the public on December 21st at 6pm, and runs for three consecutive nights – Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, from 6 to 9:30pm nightly.  As a totally FREE, fun, and meaningful community event for the entire family, Bethlehem A.D. should not be missed and will surely become one of your cherished Christmas traditions," added Paula. 

Visitor Contact:  650-368-3821, ext. 1302  or BethlehemAD@juno.com 


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