Nativity scene at Palisades Park in 2011 (Jenna Chandler)
Fourteen displays banned from Santa Monica's iconic Palisades Park will will be set up this month near Clover Park.
Santa Monica's life-size Nativity scenes will return "to full strength" Sunday afternoon in a new location on the east side of the city, near Clover Park.
Fourteen dioramas depicting Jesus' birth were forced to relocate to private property this year after the city banned them and all holiday displays from Palisades Park, arguably the most scenic public park in Santa Monica.
The new location is in the 2700 block of Ocean Park Boulevard between Clover Park and 28th Street. An opening ceremony, featuring songs and a recital of the Christmas story, is planned for 3 p.m. at Clover Park.
"We are deeply grateful for the use of this new site to allow all of Santa Monica's distinctive Christmas Story to continue spreading the message of joy, hope, and peace found in the Christ child's birth to residents and visitors," Nativity Scenes Committee Chairman Hunter Jameson said in a press release.
The lighted scenes will be on display until the first week in January.
Organizers cautioned motorists not to impede traffic while driving past the displays. Traffic lanes will not be reserved for viewing, they said.
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SOURCE: Santa Monica Patch