IT'S a tale that's been around for more than 2000 years but it was lived out again on Saturday night right here in Coffs Harbour.
A man with his family in tow rolled into town looking for a place to spend the night.
The no vacancy signs were up everywhere, though.
In this Coffs Harbour version of the tale, the father was told all too often that there "was no room at the inn" but instead of being forced into a manger to find shelter, the family were able to find shelter for the night at a local backpackers after a long search.
Coffs Harbour was indeed full on the weekend with no end of people travelling here from all over the country.
The Wintersun Festival attracted thousands as did the big dance event at Jetty High hosted by the Coffs Harbour and District Eisteddfod Society and the large crowd that has been at BCU International Stadium all weekend for the Northern NSW Football State Championships for Boys.
Coffs Harbour's Visitor Information Centre on the corner of McLean St and Pacific Hwy was kept busy over the course of the weekend with people looking for help finding overnight accommodation.
"Saturday was really busy and we struggled to find anywhere for people to go," tourism officer at the Visitor Information Centre Mandy Nichol said.
The long line of online options was exhausted and staff were forced to get on the phone to find a room for tourists.
A task that ended up being akin to finding a needle in a haystack.