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For five days before Christmas, Townsville’s major ocean-front area, Strand Park, will be transformed into the historic town of Bethlehem, complete with Roman soldiers, traditional craftspeople, livestock, shepherds and of course Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.

This interactive re-creation of the traditional Christmas story, Stable on the Strand, is a FREE event for the whole family. There will be lots of kid’s activities to keep little ones busy as well as a special area for youth to hang out.

Come and enjoy the ambiance of Bethlehem 2000 years ago, and be sure to enjoy a complimentary slice of fruitcake and cuppa to sustain you through all of the fun.

2010 will be Stable on the Strand's ninth year and it will attract tens of thousands of visitors from throughout the region, Australia and overseas. In 2002, it was awarded the honour of Townsville’s Event of the Year and the organiser Anne Harley was Townsville’s Citizen of the Year in 2006 and was one of four Queensland finalists for the 2010 "Local Hero" award as part of the Australia Day Awards. The festival is organized by the Combined Churches of Townsville, the Townsville City Council and has widespread community and business support.

Amidst the backdrop of the serene Coral Sea and enveloped by the incoming sea-breezes, Townsville’s Stable on the Strand is a place to celebrate a joyous Christmas. We look forward to seeing you in 2010!

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