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Keep scrolling to find out everything to expect from your visit to The Moving Crib! 

The Moving Crib will be opening its doors for its 62nd year this Christmas season on 27th November. A multi – generational, FREE event that never fails to entertain both children and adults alike.

27th November – 6th January, 2019 

11am -6pm daily

*closed Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day & New Year’s Day

What is The Moving Crib? 

This year The Moving Crib will be 62 years old! 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, the mention of which always evokes a smile and fond memories of Dublin in the ‘rare auld times’ is the only one of its kind built in Ireland (if not the world); it is a historical and entertaining experience. This Dublin landmark is as captivating today as it was when it first opened its doors in 1956 and admission is FREE.

Find out more about the history of The Moving Crib.


What’s said about The Moving Crib?

The Moving Crib has been featured in many news and media outlets, here’s just some:

“A wonderful hidden gem in Dublin City”DublinKids.ie

“…an annual Christmas highlight”The New York Times

“One of Dublin’s best-loved Christmas traditions.”Airport Hopper

“The Charming Moving Crib (been there for donkey’s years!) is a real Dublin Institution and should give you a warm glow for the true meaning of Christmas.”Isaac’s Hostel

“A tradition that has fascinated generations of children from all over Ireland for more than half a century…”HerFamily.ie

“Definitely one of the most unique things to do in Dublin at Christmas.”Lisa Hughes (Journalist/Blogger)

“fascinating and creative journey located in Dublin.” Catolicos Hispanos en Irlanda

What to expect…

A lot of old world charm and a whole LOT of FUN! 

Winding your way down to the basement of this stunning Georgian building, you are greeted with a montage of many historical / fun stories, including Noah’s Ark, The Wise Men and many more, its scenes, competitions, an illusion wall and a little touch of magic are all sure to guarantee a fun day out for all the family!


Each year we run two competitions. The “Draw a Leaf” Competition and also the “Dominican Selfie” Competition!

“Draw a Leaf” Competition – Colour In & Win

We are looking for leaves for our trees in the Garden of Eden. Here’s how you can get your creation to hang on our tree in the Garden of Eden forever:

1. Print & colour in either of the leaves here (or draw your own),

2. Cut out the leaf shape,

3. Put your name, address and contact number on the back and

4. Bring / send it to The Moving Crib this Christmas.

The leaves will then be entered into a competition with some amazing prizes! All leaves given to us will be laminated and be hung on our tree in The Moving Crib forever!

“Dominican Selfie” Competition















Each year, The Moving Crib is carefully assembled, maintained and checked in November and then packed away 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 and biblical scenes 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.

OPEN – 27th November 2018  – 6th January 2019

Open everyday from 11am -6pm

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


Individuals & Families do NOT need to pre-book to visit the Moving Crib. Remember, it is still FREE to visit the Moving Crib.

Group Booking  |  Competitions | Teachers Resource Centre


Free Things To Do In Dublin

You can see The Moving Crib for yourself from late November each year until early January the following year. (Closed Dec 25th, 26th and 1st January every year). 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 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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