Decked out in cowboy boots and old-West attire, members of The Rock Church in St. Amant will greet visitors Thursday through Saturday night for the fifth annual Cowboy Christmas.

The church turns its Sunday school classrooms into a 19th century-styled Western town for an old-fashioned Christmas experience, said the Rev. Blake Melancon and Cowboy Christmas coordinator Tony Alise.

Guided tours of the town start at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and continue until 8 p.m. and start at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The event comes together with the help of church volunteers and countless hours of work and planning.

Throughout most of the year, a group of buildings on church property are used for Sunday school. In December, the volunteers turn the classrooms into a Western-style town, complete with a bakery, blacksmith’s shop, hotel and jailhouse.

In each room, church members dressed in period costume will narrate parts of the Christmas story.

The tour starts at the welcome center, where children and adults can play games as each tour waits its turn.

In addition to the sketches, there will be a petting zoo, hayride, gospel music show, nativity scene and bonfire.

Everything is meant to be a reminder of the past and the true meaning of Christmas, Melancon said.

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