Mother Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus and live animals visit Kalamazoo to bring the Christmas miracle to life. Here's where to find them this season.

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    Bethelhem Journey

    December 1-3, hours vary

    First Reformed Church of Portage, 7905 S. Westnedge in Portage, offers a theatrical reenactment of Mary and Joseph's trip to Bethlehem to give birth to the baby Jesus. The play is mostly indoors, culminating in an outdoor nativity scene.

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    Journey to the Manger

    December 8-11, 6 p.m.- 8 or 9 p.m.

    Lighthouse on 11th, 4321 S. 11th Street has a guided trail pilgrimage with shepherds, live camels, a petting zoo and live Christmas music.

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    Live Nativity at Henderson Castle

    December 18, 6-9 p.m.

    For one night each year, the magic of Christmas comes to Kalamazoo's Henderson Castle, 100 Monroe Street.