The street is the stage for Bethlehem on Broadway, a FREE holiday show that brings the birth of Christ to life with 100+ actors and live animals, in the NYC Theater District, plus puppet shows, a crafts market and more.
There are six FREE performances on Saturday, Dec. 17th, on West 51st Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. Performances are at 11am, Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm and run 40 minutes, leaving time for one crowd to leave and another to arrive for the next performance.
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Bethlehem on Broadway is presented by Times Square Church, located at the historic Mark Hellinger Theatre, and includes new musical arrangements of traditional Christmas carols as well as original songs.
There are no reservations, no tickets, and no seats. This is truly street theater.
The live animals include llamas, alpacas, donkeys and sheep.
There also are indoor events for the whole family at Times Square Church.
“The Gift of Christmas: A Puppet Production,” for children 12 and under, will have three performances at 11am, 2pm and 4pm in the church’s state-of-the art puppet theatre.
A holiday market, 10am to 5pm, in the theatre’s magnificent lower rotunda, will feature hand-crafted gifts from around the world. Proceeds from the holiday market benefit ChildCry, the ministry which feeds hungry children in 20 countries.
Times Square Church docents also will be conducting guided tours of the majestic Mark Hellinger Theatre, a landmark built by Warner Brothers in 1929 and considered one of Broadway’s architectural jewels.
The former theatre, which has been impeccably restored to its original condition, was home to the original production of “My Fair Lady“ and is one of the few remaining examples of art deco architecture in New York City. Tours are at 10:30am, Noon, 1:30pm, 3pm and 4:30pm.
Times Square Church is an inter-denominational, multinational congregation. More than 10,000 people, representing more than 100 different nationalities, worship here each week.