California Living nativity scenes and drive-thru nativities are popular church-sponsored events in California that include public displays and recreations of the birth of Jesus as told by the Christian Bible. Congregations produce these events (usually free) in outdoor, winter settings, often on or around church property. In 2012 a public religious display (not living nativity) was taken to court in a lawsuit involving free expression in public places.
Christmas is the most celebrated religious event in the U.S. honoring the birthday of Jesus, always held on December 25. The living nativity brings to life the stories that surround this 2000+ year old event that inspires people around the globe today. How big is Christianity that includes the belief in the birth of Jesus as a religious event? An estimated one-third of the global population, or well over 2 billion people are professed Christians.
Participants of nativities include Mary, Joseph and the manger with a baby Jesus, angels, shepherds, Wise Men, Caesar, animals such as donkeys, sheep and lambs, and sometimes performing choirs. Drive-by or drive-through nativity scenes are popular, though walking tours are often an optional offering at outdoor nativities. In addition to the living nativities, you'll find nativity collections made of glass, wood, ceramics and clay that are displayed in public places. Life-size versions (usually made of molded plastic) are publicly lit with floodlights and often are called creches.
AUBURN: The Nativity December 14-15, 2019
BREA: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Nativity December 13-14, 2019
CAMARILLO: Drive Thru Nativity December 20-21, 2019
CLAREMONT: Living Nativity: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus December 12-15, 2019
CLOVIS: Living Nativity Walk Through: December 14-15, 2019
ESCONDIDO: Bethlehem Walk December 13-15, 2019
EUREKA: no info
FULLERTON: A Walk Through Bethlehem December 6-8, 2019
GLENDALE: Explore Bethlehem December 8, 2019
GLEN ELLEN: Live Nativity December 7, 2019
HUNTINGTON BEACH: Living Nativity December 4-6, 2019
HUNTINGTON BEACH: International Celebration of Christmas Live Nativity Show, December 15, 2019
IMPERIAL BEACH: Live Nativity December 14, 2019
JULIAN: Living Nativity November 30, 2019
LAGUNA HILLS: Journey to Bethlehem Nativity December 13-15, 2019
LA HABRA: The Living Nativity December 13-15, 2019
LODI: Living Nativity Drive Thru December 13-15, 2019
LONG BEACH: Portraits of the Prince of Peace Pageant Church Walk Thru Nativity December 13-15, 2019
MISSION VIEJO: Drive-Thru Nativity December 6-7, 2019
MODESTO: Live Nativity December 13-15, 2019
MOORPARK: Drive Thru Nativity December 6-7, 2019
NEWPORT BEACH: A Night in Bethlehem no info
NORCO: Community Creche Festival December 4-7, 2019
ONTARIO: Christmas on Euclid Street Nativity November 28, 2019-January 1, 2020
OAKDALE: Oakdale, CA Living Nativity December 13-15, 2019
ONTARIO: Ontario California Living Nativity November 28, 2019-January 1, 2020
OROVILLE: Oroville Walk Through Nativity December 6-7, 2019
POMONA: Journey to Bethlehem December 13-15, 2019 is an immersive, walk through experience
RANCHO CORDOVA: Live Nativity December 13-15, 2019
SALINAS: The Streets of Bethlehem December 4-7, 2019
SPRING VALLEY: Bethlehem Story, Live Stage Musical Nativity Story December 5-8, 2019
TEHACHAPI: Creche Festival December 14-15, 2019, 3-8 p.m. at 600 Anita Dr. Tehachapi Creche Festival hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints features artistically displayed nativities from all around Tehachapi. Holiday music performed by local musicians A LIVE nativity (5:30 - 7 PM Sat. & Sun.) Community Christmas Music Sing Along (7 pm Sat. & Sun.) Children's Room (nativity-themed activities, crafts, dress-up, puzzles, etc. Admission is FREE! tehachapicreche.wixsite.com/festival
TUJUNGA: Drive Thru Nativity December 13-14, 2019, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
VACAVILLE: Live Nativity December 13-15, 2019
VENTURA: Old Mission San Buena Ventura
Nativity December 6, 2019
The first living nativity was created by
St. Francis of Assisi in 1223
A manger scene is the primary decoration in many European, Central American, and South American countries. St. Francis of Assisi created the first living nativity in 1224 to help explain the birth of Jesus to his followers.
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