CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 27, 2017—Christmas at the Library has become an annual tradition for many, with more than 340,000 celebrating this wonderful season at the Billy Graham Library since its opening in 2007. Thousands of visitors are anticipated again this year for the tenth annual Christmas at the Library, Dec. 1-23.
“Christmas is one of the most exciting times of year at the Billy Graham Library,” said Scott Holmquist, executive director of the Library. “We have the opportunity to share the true meaning of Christmas, pointing every visitor to God’s greatest gift—His Son Jesus Christ—who is always the focus at the Library.”
Each December, the Billy Graham Library welcomes people from across the Southeast and the U.S. to experience the retelling of the birth of Jesus Christ, complete with a live Nativity depicting the very first Christmas night. Guests can also enjoy holiday favorites including horse-drawn carriage rides; Christmas story time for children; live music from carolers; a beautiful light display; a large, ornamented Christmas tree; holiday shopping and more. Carriage rides are $8 per adult and $4 per child under 12.
Christmas dinner, served at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association headquarters building adjacent to the Library grounds, is available Thursday through Saturday each week at 5 and 7 p.m. This traditional holiday meal features turkey and carved ham with maple Dijon glaze, cranberry cornbread stuffing, other savory dishes, and an assortment of festive desserts. Space is limited and prepaid advance reservations are required. Dinner is $22.95 per adult and $9.95 per child aged 4-12. No charge for children three years and under. Reservations can be made by visiting: BillyGrahamLibrary.org/christmas-at-the-library/.
The Library’s operating hours during December are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Christmas activities begin at 5 p.m. The Library is closed on Sundays. Guests can interact with animals from the live Nativity from noon to 2 p.m. each day including: camels, goats, sheep, a donkey, a four-horned Jacob sheep, and a Scottish Highland cow.
Throughout the day, visitors are also invited to tour The Journey of Faith, the main presentation of the Library, which covers the life and ministry of evangelist Billy Graham. During the month of December, guests to The Journey of Faith can discover a special display entitled “At the Foot of the Cross.” This display details the message of hope that Billy Graham expressed at the Library’s dedication in 2007: that it would be a “living testimony to the power of the Gospel.” For 10 years, thousands of lives have been transformed through the message of Christ which has been proclaimed to everyone entering the cross-shaped doors of the Library. Come celebrate what God has done here in the past decade.
Admission and parking at the Library is free. Visit BillyGrahamLibrary.org for more information.
About The Billy Graham Library
The Billy Graham Library opened in 2007 and has since had more than 1.2 million visitors from around the world. Admission to the Library and The Journey of Faith is free. For more information on the Library and upcoming events, or to schedule a group tour, please visit BillyGrahamLibrary.org. You can also stay connected with the Billy Graham Library on these social media sites: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and on the Library blog.