The first living nativity was created by St. Francis of Assisi in 1223 to help explain the birth of Jesus to his followers. Throughout Europe, Central America, and South America the manger scene is a primary decoration at Christmastime. In the United States, the manger scene is often displayed in a church or as a part of a neighborhood Christmas display.
In Southern California, we also have several drive-thru nativities that take place throughout the month of December. And the good news is that they are FREE community events!
Here is a comprehensive list of live, drive and walk thru nativity scenes in Southern California for your enjoyment!