Valencia, city of nativity scenes
TOURISTIC AREA: Historical center
Setting up a nativity scene is still a long-standing tradition in Valencian families. An important handcrafted tradition exists in Valencia, specialising in creating nativity figurines and displaying them all over the city.
If you would like to take a look at the most interesting ones, here are our top five:
The nativity with the most figurines: Salón de cristal at the Town Hall
It is made up of 300 figurines, 250 animals and over 400 artisan accessories, such as baskets, jugs, palms, carpenter and blacksmith tools, wagons and fountains.
The biggest nativity: The nativity scene at Plaza de San Agustín
Real-sized figurines made by the Association of Fallas Artists. A representation of the birth of Jesus, the Three Kings, shepherds and the angel can all be seen and visited throughout the Christmas holidays at this unique outdoor spot at Plaza San Agustín.
The oldest nativity: Neapolitan nativity scene at the Museum of Ceramics
Dated back to the 18th century, this nativity scene is made up of 29 different-sized figurines made from wire covered in oakum, terracotta, carved wood, glass and characters dressed in fabrics from that period. It will be displayed at the museum until 8th February.
The coolest nativity: The nativity scene at the Colon Market
This large nativity scene shows the origin of the Colon Market and the large fir tree gives a Christmas touch to one of the coolest places in the city. Enjoy the heated terraces and the interesting cuisine on offer at the market. Take advantage of your visit to browse around the stalls and other nativities, and even buy a figurine to complete your own nativity.