Fourth Annual Christmas Festivities at The Billy Graham Library Run Dec. 1-23

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 22, 2011 –Thousands of visitors are expected again this year at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., for its fourth annual “Christmas at the Library” celebration Dec. 1-23.

“Christmas is one of my favorite times of year at the Billy Graham Library,” said Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. “We want people to come and experience all of the festivities with their families. But most of all, we want to point every visitor to God’s greatest gift, His son Jesus Christ, who is always the focus at the Library.”

The festivities include a number of activities visitors have enjoyed in previous years, including horse-drawn carriage rides; Christmas story time for children; live music from carolers; a beautiful display of lights; a huge, ornamented Christmas tree; and a live Nativity, depicting the very first Christmas night. Admission to the Library is free; carriage rides are $3 for children 12 and under and $7 for adults.

Visitors can also find exclusive Library ornaments in Ruth’s Attic, plus unique and meaningful books and gifts.

The Library’s operating hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 1-23, with Christmas activities running from 5 to 10 p.m. The Library is closed on Sundays. Guests can pet animals from the live Nativity from noon to 2 p.m. each day. 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. The tour, as always, is free.

Other Events
Tickets are still available for the fourth annual “Teddy Bear Tea,” designed for children ages 5 and up, which will take place on Dec. 3 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the headquarters of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Guests will enjoy holiday treats, festive entertainment and a plush Library teddy bear to take home. Cost is $20 per child. Advance reservations are required by Nov. 28 by calling (704) 401-3251.

About The Billy Graham Library
The Billy Graham Library opened in 2007 and has since had more than 500,000 visitors from around the world. Admission to the Library is free. For more information on the Library and upcoming events, or to schedule a group tour, please visit www.billygrahamlibrary.org.

About the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association proclaims the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the world by every effective means available. From its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association directs a wide range of domestic and international evangelism ministries, including: large-scale Festivals led by evangelists Franklin Graham and Will Graham; Dare to Be a Daniel, a youth evangelism training project; My Hope World Evangelism Through Television; the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, offering the hope of Jesus Christ in the midst of tragedy; and many others. Visit www.billygraham.org. Get news updates on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/BGEAnews.

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