Local residents can take a trip back to the first Christmas and stay COVID safe with an upcoming event.
“A Night in Bethlehem: Jesus Came to Save” scenic drive-thru and storyline is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Sandia View Academy, 65 Sandia View Lane in Corrales. People can drive through for free, although they can drop an optional offering in a container at the end.
The Seventh Day Adventist Church in Corrales is putting on the event, which has live actors and homemade backdrops.
“They’re trying to give the holidays some life and Christmas spirit,” said event spokeswoman Alea C’de Baca.
The re-enactment is a way to get out of the house and near other community members, but to stay socially distanced and safe, she said.
Motorists must stay in their cars, and masks are mandatory. The congregation will socially distance and obey public-health orders, C’de Baca said.
She said the drive-thru would include a nativity scene, the wise men and a market setting.
“It’s just re-enacting the night Jesus was born in Bethlehem,” she said.
People can expect to spend not more than five minutes driving through, with speeds kept very low.
“Corrales would love to get the community together and to have a safe and happy holiday,” C’de Baca said. “And we can’t wait to see you.”

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