Salinas Streets of
Streets of Bethlehem in Salinas, California is the
living enactment of Christmas. The public can walk along with the
congregation actors and participate in a meaningful holiday
Bethlehem is certainly one of the best named
Nativity Scenes, and offers some of the greatest audience
participation. In many similar events, guests simply drive-through
and are entertained. But at Streets of Bethlehem, you have a chance
to walk the street, see the animals, people and costumes up close
and gain a personal sense of what it must have been like over 2000
years ago to experience the joy of birth on a special, holy night.
re-enactment includes livestock such as lambs, sheep and donkeys, an
angel hovering above, and a manger scene with a real, live baby
child, cradled in love. This outdoor Christmas community experience
offers the public a chance to "rediscover the true reason for the
Christmas season." Among the cast, kids and adults will meet or
watch live actors such as shopkeepers, Mary & Joseph, and more. They
may also be invited to pet the animals or walk with Mary & Joseph
and the cast of 300. Lovely Christmas music played in the background
inspires all who attend. Guests are asked to leave their pets at
home. Domestic pets will scare the animals and disrupt the event.
Bethlehem is an annual event that has been held for about a decade.
It is an all volunteer event, requiring lots of assistance.
Volunteers are always sought to make it work. Offered free to the
public, thousands come to see this nativity scene. Streets of
Bethlehem is held annually, the first Wednesday in December through
Saturday of that week. It begins just
after dark (6 p.m. and goes to 8:30 p.m.) It is free to the public.
A special assistance opportunity for those with disabilities and
impairments is offered. Please contact the First Baptist Church of
Salinas. Address: 1130 San Vincente Ave., Salinas, CA. Call:
Please see websites: fbcsalinas.com and streetsofbethlehem.com