• 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1
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The Moving Crib

The Moving Crib

A delightful experience awaits you each Christmas season at St Martin Apostolate’s premises in 42 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.

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 tableaux 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 Nativity 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 many 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.

“Christmas Around the World: 10 International Destinations to Visit – Dublin – December is an ideal (and potentially affordable) month to explore Dublin’s glorious sense of history, from its centuries-old pubs to its Georgian architecture to the stately Trinity College at its center. Carols at St. Patrick’s Cathedral are an annual Christmas highlight, as is the Moving Crib at St. Martin Apostolate’s, a “nativity tableaux told through handcrafted moving figures” that has been around for more than 60 years”.


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.

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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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