A young woman carrying an unimaginable responsibility. A young man torn between love and honor. A jealous king who will stop at nothing to keep his crown. This live-action Christmas musical adventure for the entire family weaves classic Christmas melodies with humor, faith, and new pop songs in a retelling of the greatest story ever told—the story of Mary and Joseph and the birth of Jesus. 

A unique new entry into the collection of holiday classic movies, this epic Christmas musical is unlike any before it. See JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM in theaters beginning November 10th

Whether you like musicals or not, you’ll love the brand-new music in this film, Journey to Bethlehem, starring Antonio Banderas, Milo Manheim, and more! • Christian music fans, this movie is for you! Watch Joel Smallbone (For King And Country), Lecrae, and Möriah in Journey to Bethlehem, in theaters starting November 10! • This is a perfect movie to invite your friends and family to! 

My Review 

Journey to Bethlehem is a 2023 musical film that retells the classic Nativity story in a fresh and exciting way. I really enjoyed this movie for a number of reasons— although, I have to tell you I wasn’t sure how I felt about it at first. But I was drawn in when Mary and Joseph met. 

 The music is fantastic. The songs are catchy, well-written, and performed beautifully by the cast. A mix of traditional Christmas carols and new original songs, the music is a big part of what makes the movie so enjoyable. 

The characters are well-developed and relatable. Mary is portrayed as a strong and independent young woman, and Joseph is a loving and supportive mate. The three wise men are also great characters, with their own unique personalities and backstories. I wasn’t sure how I felt about them at first either, but they grew on me. 

The movie balances humor and drama. There are  funny moments, but there are so many genuinely touching and emotional scenes. Let’s just say I was tearful at the end. The movie does a great job of capturing the hope and joy of the Christmas story, as well as the challenges and hardships that Mary and Joseph faced. 

Overall, I thought Journey to Bethlehem was a nice movie. It’s well-made, emotion stirring, entertaining, thought-provoking, engaging and fresh. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a family friendly and refreshing way to experience the Christmas story. 

Here are some other reasons why I liked the movie 

—The production values are high, with beautiful cinematography and costumes. 

—The acting is strong across the board. 

—The movie stays with and portrays the positive and uplifting message of Scripture. 

—It’s a movie that the whole family can enjoy together. 

If you’re looking for a feel-good Christmas movie that will put you in the holiday spirit, I highly recommend Journey to Bethlehem. 

This is a perfect movie to invite your friends and family to! You can buy tickets HERE


You can listen to the soundtrack album HERE

Downloadable family discussion guides: LINK 

Downloadable coloring sheets: LINK 

Spanish resources: LINK 

Heart Of video: LINK 

“Can We Make This Work” Music Video: LINK 

“Brand New Life” Music Video: LINK 


No Scriptures Harmed: How do four chapters of Scripture (Luke 1-2, Matthew 1-2) become a family musical film telling the story of Jesus’ birth? Watch this cut-down version with Pastor Bryan Loritts talking about this with director Adam Anders and then watch the full conversation HERE.

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Disclosure: Many thanks to AFFIRM Films, Inc. for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own. #JourneyToBethlehemMIN #MomentumInfluencerNetwork 

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