About the Exhibit

The Creche, also known as a nativity scene or manger scene, dates back to the 13th century in Italy. St. Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first nativity scene in 1223AD as a way to help people visualize the birth of Jesus and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

St. Francis’ representation included live animals and people to recreate the scene in Bethlehem. Over time, the tradition of setting up nativity scenes during the Christmas season spread throughout Europe and beyond. These scenes typically feature figurines of the Holy Family, shepherds, the Three Wise Men, angels, and various animals, all gathered around the infant Jesus in a stable or manger.

The Creche has become an integral part of Christmas traditions, reminding people of the birth of Jesus and the message of hope and goodwill that the season represents.


 Crèche displays from past years