OPEN – 21st November 2016  – 8th January 2017 rsz_sm_portrait_crib_image-page-web

TIMES – Mon to Friday – 2pm till 6pm

                 Sat & Sun – 11.30am till 6pm

GROUPS – 10am – 6pm Everyday*

*Groups must pre- book. Book early to avoid disappointment HERE

Individuals & Families do NOT need to pre-book to visit the Moving Crib.


A delightful experience awaits you each Christmas season at the Apostolate’s premises in 1517042 Parnell Square. The moving crib brings us back to simpler times and has fascinated generations of children from Dublin and all over Ireland for more than half a century.

Regenerated    Renewed    Re-opened    

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In fact, it has been a key feature of Christmas in Dublin for so long that parents and grandparents, who visited the Moving Crib as children, are now bringing their children and grandchildren to enjoy and re-live this Christmas experience.


The Moving Crib is a Nativity tablaux told through handcrafted moving figures (approximately 1 metre high) with beautifully hand-painted backdrops and sets arranged in a range of tableaux depicting scenes that begin with Adam and Eve, through all the key moments in the Bible and finish after the crib scene. Visit our moving scenes from the Old & New Testament where we have over 100 figurines depicting biblical life. An exciting variety of wild animals including bears, lions, camels and many more will enthral every visitor.


The Moving Crib is a national visitor attraction and has been described in the news and media outlets as ‘the best free show for children over the festive period’, and ‘one of the nicest sights in Dublin’. Find out more about the history of The Moving Crib here.


Each year, The Moving Crib is carefully assembled and then disassembled again in January and stored with care for the next year. This involves significant work, which we do because it is a wonderfully unique way of sharing and reinforcing the gospel story with children and adults alike. Just listening to parents or teachers going around the crib patiently explaining to their children the meaning of each scene, makes it all worthwhile.


Free Things To Do In Dublin

You can see The Moving Crib for yourself from 21st November 2016 until the 9th January 2107. (Closed Dec 24th, 25th, 26th and 1st January 2017). Individuals and groups are welcome and best of all, admission is still FREE. While we do remain Free, we have significant maintenance and operational costs and we are asking visitors for a voluntary donation of just €1.50 per person to help with the upkeep. One of the best free things to do in Dublin – visit our Crib & Oratory. Click the links below to find out more about visiting The Moving Crib.

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