Rosemont Baptist Church to host Outdoor Immersive Christmas Experience

Published 9:04 am Friday, December 8, 2023

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Rosemont Baptist Church is hosting an outdoor Christmas event for families and loved ones to attend from Dec. 13-18.

The event will be an immersive reenactment of the birth of Jesus Christ just in time for Christmas. This year will mark the church’s second anniversary of conducting the event.

The church has done all of the production, enlisting over 200 volunteers from the congregation to help put the event together.

“We did the whole thing from scratch,” Pastor of Rosemont, Adam Camp, said. “We wrote the scripts, we designed the sets, and we did everything, and so the biggest challenge was just kind of crashing it all together.”

Since the event’s first year, the church has upgraded its production quality to give visitors a better experience. Last year, over 4,000 people attended the event and this year is expected to entertain over 6,000 people.

“This is a pretty large undertaking for us and it’s pretty significant for the church,” Camp said. “We’ve got approximately 250 people from our church that are volunteers and that are either part of the cast, crew, the background of the production, or even people that helped to build the stage.”

Before the event, visitors will be able to interact with the actors in the production along with the several live animals. The event will have an immersive stage of the town of Bethlehem, Jesus’ birthplace.

The stage for the event this year will include rotating sections to simulate walking. To help make the stage along with several more production feats possible, the church was given guidance from several sources in the industry.

“We actually got some pretty close connections with some people that worked with The Walking Dead, and they put us in connection with some other experienced folks up in Atlanta,” Camp said. “They came down and really helped us with this process to make the city of Bethlehem.”

To prepare for the event, visitors should bring warm clothes and blankets to remain warm during the event. For visitors not familiar with the church grounds, a large tower with fire at the top will be present as a visual aid to finding the event location.
For visitors who are not familiar with the English language, the church will also be hosting an extra night of entire the production in Spanish on Dec. 12.

“I think this night will be really amazing because there’s not really anything for the Spanish community,” Camp said. “If they go to a movie, it’s English, if they go to a play, it’s English, so we redid the whole thing in Spanish.”

Though there is nothing set in stone, the church hopes to continue to make productions in the future for Christmas. As of this week, tickets are sold out for the event, but Camp encourages people to come for their next production.

“If you don’t have tickets this year, please look out for it next year, because the plan will be to at least continue to do this and continue to expand it,” Camp said.