Traveling during the holidays is about as much fun as shopping this time of year. Ticket prices are high, security is tight, and the odor of feet mixed with the overpowering scent of Cinnabon at the airports is not appetizing or pleasant. So stay home, and Return to Bethlehem
at Lord of Life Lutheran Church (15750 Baxter Road, Chesterfield; www.lordoflifelcms.org
or 636-532-0400). OK, so its not the real
Bethlehem, but the church re-creates the small town on the night of the first Christmas, with the help of live animals and more than 60 costumed cast members of all ages. Your stroll through the old city happens indoors, and while youre waiting for the streets to clear, a variety of musical acts provides holiday entertainment in the warmth of the churchs sanctuary. Walking through Bethlehem is free, but this window to the past is limited: You can Return to Bethlehem from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (December 7 to 10).