RANGELEY – The Christmas season in the Rangeley area will once again commence with the Walk to Bethlehem pageant and program Sunday, Dec. 7, courtesy of the Rangeley Friends of the Arts.

The annual event has been a display of true holiday spirit for more than two decades. Walkers and carolers are asked to assemble, with flashlights in hand, at 5 p.m. at the Rangeley Inn on Main Street. The walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end with the Christmas program at the Church of the Good Shepherd immediately after the walk.

Leading the procession from the inn to each of the four downtown Rangeley churches will be Mary, Joseph, shepherds and the three wise men. By tradition, a Rangeley area couple and their newborn portray Mary, Joseph and the Christ child.

This is truly a participatory community event as everyone is invited to be part of the procession as they sing Christmas carols through the streets of Rangeley while following Mary and Joseph as they seek shelter for the night.

The pageant will conclude with “Hallelujah Chorus” and “Silent Night.”

Refreshments will be served in the church undercroft following the program.

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