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By Andres Rivera
Staff Writer

CORONA—Corpus Christi Parish in Corona is celebrating its second year of recreating the nativity of Jesus in a big way. 

 The “Streets of Bethlehem” event will feature a life sized recreation of Bethlehem streets and a manger scene, filled with actors, activities and live animals on Dec. 7 and 8. 

 “This event is our gift to the families of our communities and is free to all,” said Mary Kruger, organizer of the event.

 Last year Corpus Christi saw approximately 1,500 people visit the exhibit.  Thinking this year may yield a larger turnout, organizers opted to extend the hours and add another day for viewing.

 “We hope this will keep the true meaning of Christmas alive and educate children as well as adults,” said Kruger.

 Bethlehem’s gates will be open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on both days, allowing visitors to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Israel 2,000 years ago.

 The exhibit will cover approximately one acre and include a meat and fish market, spice grinding shop, gladiator school, candle shop, Jewish home, market place, carpenter shop, wine grape stomp, pottery making, open fires and more.  

 A cast of about 100 volunteers will recreate the travels of Mary and Joseph through the birth of Jesus. The Bethlehem experience will also portray an encounter with angels, Roman soldiers, King Herod, the three kings, shepherds, a live camel, donkey and other animals.  

 This year will also feature food and drinks, a petting zoo, and craft booths.

 Corpus Christi Church is located at 3760 McKinley St., in Corona. For information contact Mary Kruger at (951) 202-9910. Donations are needed and greatly appreciated.