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Since 1914, Bethesda Mission has been a missionary arm of the local church, reaching out to men, women, and children of all races, nationalities, and creeds, providing the poor and homeless with shelter, food, clothing, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, and discipling them in the Christian life.
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CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

Picture a blue-green Fraser fir rising up above Italian Lake and twinkling lights reflecting in the water. Bringing the light of the holiday season to life, the Christmas Tree at Christmas at Italian Lake is a sight to be seen.

Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

 

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SANTA'S GROTTO

Here comes Santa Claus! A photo with Santa is a time-honored Christmas tradition. 

Tickets are $5 for one individual photo, or $10 for one family photo. All proceeds benefit Bethesda Mission.

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SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Gather ’round the outdoor pavilion to enjoy performances by local choirs and dance troupes with the best music of the holiday season.

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SLEIGH RIDES

Giddy up, giddy up, giddy up, let’s go. What is a Christmas festival without a sleigh ride complete with sleigh bells jingling and rosey cheeks? Gather your friends and family to enjoy a unique “sleigh” ride experience.

Tickets are $5 per person up to $20 per family. All proceeds benefit Bethesda Mission.

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CHRISTMAS MARKET

Looking for that perfect gift? Support local, small business owners by browsing this festive Christmas market for gifts for those you love this year.

Interested in attending as one of our great Market Vendors? Review and complete our application here.

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Food Trucks

Grab a delicious bite to eat from one of the many great food trucks at Italian Lake! With a variety of food types from savory to sweet, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy your food & drinks in the heated dining tent to take a break from the cold.

Thank you to

  • The Perk Up Truck
  • 717 Tacos
  • Dough Heads Waffles
  • Mad Dash Food Truck
  • Marsico’s Taste of Italy
  • Mel’s Rock N BBQ
  • The Lucky Penny Burger

for joining us this year!

Interested in being one of our great food vendors? Review and complete our application here.

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Elves' Workshop

Looking for something especially for your little ones? Santa’s helpers will welcome you to the Elves’ Workshop where children can take a break from the cold to make a Christmas craft and watch a classic, family-friendly holiday movie.

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CHRISTMAS JOY

Special thanks to our Christmas Joy sponsors who make this event possible.