Nostalgia and Christmas Magic at Dublin’s Moving Crib

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This year recapture the nostalgia and wonder of Christmases past at The Moving Crib, Dublin’s beloved 67-year holiday tradition. Open from November 28th to January 7th in Parnell Square West, Dublin 1, The Moving Crib offers free, family-friendly fun guaranteed to delight visitors of all ages.

For over six decades, The Moving Crib has brought the Christmas story to life with its charming, old-world nativity scene. Handcrafted figurines depict Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, shepherds, kings, and animals surrounding the manger. The highlight is seeing the three wise men, and their camels slowly move closer to the crib each day, just as the Bible describes. It’s a heartwarming experience of the true meaning of Christmas.

“The Moving Crib has been a beloved part of Christmas in Dublin for generations,” said Darragh Murphy, General Manager of the Saint Martin Apostolate. “We are thrilled to once again welcome families from near and far to share the story of Christmas in this unique way. Christmas is a time for community and bringing people together; The Moving Crib has been fostering that spirit of togetherness for 67 years. We invite everyone to join us once again this season to experience the wonder and joy of Christmas.”

Located at Parnell Square West in Dublin’s city centre, the Moving Crib is easily accessible by car or public transport and a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit whether you are from the locality or are visiting Dublin for a spot of Christmas shopping. It’s a heartwarming experience of the true meaning of Christmas. As always, The Moving Crib event features music, carol singing, and festive cheer with the Bray Gospel Choir performing soul-stirring renditions of beloved Christmas carols and gospel songs on the 10th December, from 12 noon to 4 pm. Visitors are invited to join in and sing along to favourite Yuletide tunes.

First opened in 1956, The Moving Crib has become an essential part of Dublin’s Christmas tradition and cultural heritage. Families, schools, and community groups are all welcome to experience the wonder and meaning of Christmas through this moving nativity promoting joy, and community during the season. Admission is free, though any donations are appreciated to help continue this tradition for years to come. The Moving Crib will be open daily from 11 am to 5.30 pm, November 28th till January 7th with some exceptions so please visit for more information on dates, times and events at the Moving Crib, or follow @StMartinDublin on Facebook, X and Instagram.

Witness the story of Christmas as told through the Saint Martin Apostolate’s Moving Crib!

Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

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