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Old World Huntington Beach to Host Nativity Play

by: Andrew Bossenmeyer
Posted: December 11, 2017

HUNTINGTON BEACH...An annual tradition of hosting the International Celebration of Christmas Live Nativity Play continues for the 17th year at Old World Huntington Beach. This FREE performance will take place on Sunday, December 17 at 5:30 pm. 
This special one-night performance features music and dance from around the world and benefits World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization that serves all of God’s children regardless of religious affiliation, race, or ethnicity. World Visions mission is building a better world for children. Donations can be made at

“We are proud to be the host location for this wonderful annual event. All of our proceeds on this night go directly to World Vision,” said Cyndie Kasko, co-owner of Old World Restaurant. “The Nativity Play reminds us of the true reason we celebrate Christmas and being able to share this with a diverse audience here at Old World makes it so special.”

In addition to the play, there will be a special visit from Santa for guests to enjoy.  Children are welcome to come meet Santa, tell him their wish list, and pose for a complimentary picture with him to take home. 

History of the Live Nativity Play

During the Christmas season of 1633, a man traveled to a town nestled in the mountains of Bavarian, Germany called Oberammergau and accidentally brought the bubonic plague with him. The man died from the plague and it began spreading throughout the town. The inhabitants of Oberammergau vowed that if God spared them from the plague ravaging the region, they would produce a passion play thereafter for all time depicting the life and death of Jesus. After the vow was made, not another inhabitant of the town died from the plague. The play is now performed every ten years in Oberammergau. It involves over 2000 actors, singers, instrumentalists and technicians, all residents of the village. The next play will take place in 2020.

Old World Huntington Beach is located at 7561 Center Avenue in Huntington Beach. For more information, please visit Photos:OldWorld

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