CRECHE du Monde

Celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with over 350 nativities from around the world and live music. Offered as a gift to the community.
Free Admission
December 2–6, 2017
Noon – 9pm
Each day at the Christmas Crèche Exhibit, we showcase seasonal live music from local performers and several fun marionette shows. Brighten up your Christmas season by taking advantage of one of the many opportunities to catch a live performance! See the schedule
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints
3865 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, California
French word for a three-dimensional artistic representation of the birth of Jesus. St. Francis of Assisi is credited with popularizing the crèche tradition. While traveling in Italy in 1223, he was inspired by the sight of shepherds in moonlit fields, and beckoned villagers that Christmas Eve to light the sky with their torches, bring their animals, and re-enact the Nativity.
Beginning in Europe, the tradition eventually spread throughout the rest of the world. Each crèche reflects the time and culture of the artist and draws us to Jesus. For it is He — born of Mary, the Son of God, our Savior — who gives cause around the world to rejoice this Christmas season and always.
In many countries, families welcome friends and neighbors into their homes each December to share beloved crèches they have made and collected. Echoing this tradition, we open the doors of our church to invite all to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and answer His call, “Come unto me.”
If you own a unique nativity you would like us to consider for future exhibits, please tell us about it.
Loan a Crèche
If you have instrumental musical talents to share, we’d also love to hear from you.
Perform Music
We invite you to join us in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. We hope you may be moved, as the prophets of old once were when they pronounced Him:
King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace
REVELATION 19:16ISAIAH 9:6
The light that emanates from Him awakens hope, infuses with love, and softens anxious hearts to peace. This Christmas season, as you consider the Christ child, we pray that you might be more inclined to reach out with compassion to the weak, the sorrowful, and the misunderstood, and lift the loads of those whose burdens are heavy.

The Exhibit

In our 30th year, and as the longest-running annual community-driven nativity exhibit, weʼre pleased to bring you over 350 nativities from more than 50 countries and over 100 exhibitors of many faiths. On display this year are the following collections: 30th Anniversary, European Traditionals, Porcelain to Paper, Latin America, International Carvings, Music and Song, Metals, Artists and Artisans.
In addition to nativities in artistic settings, the exhibit features a community service project, hands‑on activities, a Childrenʼs Room with crafts and costumes, daily marionette shows, and live holiday music.
The Christmas Crèche Exhibit is organized by the Menlo Park and Los Altos Stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For the official website of the Church, see mormon.org.

 

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