Christmas in Bethel Set for December 2

December 2 will be a day of celebrating in Historic downtown Bethel Missouri. To start your morning off right, gather at Das Bakery for a delightful pastry and a warm drink. Beginning at 11:00am, shopping, eating, music, and more will begin. The gift shop will be open and will have tour tickets for sale. Vendors with various types of unique items , Decades Olde, and Shops will open for business where you can purchase gifts for special family & friends. Then take a break from shopping and enjoy lunch at the Fest Hall with German and American Smorgasbord.
Entertainment will begin at noon with the Bethel Christian Church Youth choir singing at the bandstand, weather permitting. If too cold, children will sing inside the Fest Hall. Watch for the traditional Black Santa to arrive with sticks and chunks of coal depending on whether you have been a good or bad boy and girl. A picturesque scene will provide a nice backdrop for DIY pictures in the colony barn 12:30 to 1:00pm. DIY pictures may also be taken at Decades Olde with a Christmas Backdrop. Either scene would make a nice Christmas photo to include in Christmas cards. Decades Olde will be providing story time for the children and light refreshments. Decades Olde offers unique gifts for that special someone, too.
The main event of the day will be the home tours. Purchase a ticket at the gift shop prior to 1:00 so you won’t have to stand in line and can board the bus at 1:10. Tours this year will include Laurie and the late Pastor Charles Sharpe home, Roger and Dianne VonThun home, and original colony homes of Bair, JG Bauer, Iron Bed, and David Bower. An added attraction this year will be baking bread in the reconstructed bake oven at the Bair house. There will only be the bus tour and only 100 tickets are available. No cars will be driven to the sites. You must have a ticket to enter the homes. Children age 12 and under are free with a paid adult.
Entertainment continues at 3:30 with Mercys Bridge performing at the Bethel Christian Church. This Gospel band travels the Midwest and plays for love offerings. They have a talented group who write and perform original songs as well as traditional gospel arrangements. You won’t be disappointed in this band.
Vesper service at the Methodist Church will follow Mercys Bridge performance at 6:00pm. Enjoy a special reading of the Christmas Story, Musical selections, and a personal time for worship. After worship everyone can light a candle and proceed to the bandstand downtown for the official lighting of Bethel as a way to kick of the holiday season. End the day of celebration with soup and sandwiches at the Fest Hall.
For more information call 573-822-9498 or visit historicbethel.org and follow the event on Facebook at Historic Bethel German Colony.