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Nativity Scenes in the Vipava Valley

Miraculous Cultural Legacy

Crèches hold a special place in the rich Christian heritage of the Vipava Valley which reflects in the numerous churches and important monasteries dotting the region. Over the centuries, religious customs and rituals have been passed down through generations. Setting up Nativity scenes at Christmas is arguably the most delightful Christian tradition that has long exceeded its original spiritual dimension, providing a source of inspiration to professional artists, amateurs, craftsmen and organizers of traditional Christmas events well into the present day.

In the Vipava Valley, putting up Nativity scenes is a deeply familial affair. However, crèche scenes can also be found outside private homes. Carefully designed and beautifully crafted Nativity scenes are put up in churches, and, to the delight of hikers, also on rather unexpected places such as random niches along popular hiking trails.

Attracting more and more visitors every year, the real treat of the Vipava Valley around Christmas is the traditional display of Nativity scenes.

In some places the scenes are put up a whole week before Christmas and in others only a couple of days in advance. The scenes are quite often amazing pieces of craftsmanship. Some might amaze you with their original design and breathtaking figures, while others might leave a lasting impression on account of their layout. But all of them are there to celebrate the true message of Christmas. Outdoor Nativity scenes are the perfect backdrop for an accompanying Christmas programme and for mingling with the locals in an atmospheric holiday setting with bright Christmas lights. The distinctive architecture of the ancient villages of the region provides a unique stage for the crèche scenes. Thanks to the world famous local hospitality, your visit of the Nativity scenes in the Vipava Valley will surely become one of your most treasured Christmas memories.

A tip for you: visit the indoor Nativity displays on Sveta Gora and in Vipavski Križ in the afternoon, and reserve your evenings for a casual stroll down the streets of Vipava, Vipavski Križ and Tabor above Dornberk, which are randomly lined with crèche scenes. Finish the day at a stand with outstanding local wine. The near-by inns offer locally inspired comfort food to warm you up.

Programme 2021

Vipavski Križ
Display of Nativity Scenes on various locations, 18 December 2021 to 2 January 2022
The residents of Vipavski Križ put up their Nativity scenes on the streets, in front of their homes or in street-facing windows. A walk through this tiny medieval town during Christmas makes for a truly memorable experience.

Christmas Story with a Living Nativity Scenes, 25 and 26 December 2021, at 5.00, 6.45 and 7.30 pm
Living nativity scenes tableau will be set up in the streets and piazzas of Vipavski Križ, accompanied by carolling and light effects.

Vipava
Nativity Scene in Vipava, 20 December 2021 to 7 January 2022

Over 100 Nativity scenes put up in shop displays and private homes will create a magical Christmas ambience throughout Vipava. 

Tabor nad Dornberkom
Nativity scene under the starry sky, 24 December 2021 to 7 January 2022

The locals put up a central crib and various nativity scenes in front of their houses and in front of their homes or in street-facing windows.