The Moving Crib

**Due to ongoing Level 5 Restrictions, The Moving Crib will be closed now until December 2021. **


The Moving Crib will open its doors for its 64th Year on Tuesday, 1st December.  Things will be slightly different due to the COVID 19 Pandemic. The health & safety of our visitors and staff will be our top priority. Please note that booking will be essential this year and you will need to book online, just hit the “Book Now” button below.

In line with Government Regulations please be aware that: 

  • Booking is Essential this year – Please arrive on time and only arrive for your booked time slot – if you are late, you may be admitted however your end time will still adhere to the end time of your original booking.
  • If you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of the virus, please, please do not arrive for your booking. We would greatly appreciate a call to let us know that you are unable to make it, as we have a waiting list for time slots.
  • If you are unable to make your appointment for any other reason and need to reschedule, again please let us know. Or you can use the cancellation/ rescheduling option on your confirmed booking email. 
  • Masks are mandatory for anyone over the age of 13.
  • Closed between 1.15pm – 2pm every day to allow for a deep clean.
  • Social distancing rules will apply.
  • If you wish to enter the “ Draw a Leaf” competition, please bring these with you as our colouring table will be closed this year.
  • Last time slot is 4.30pm – Maximum stay is 30 minutes


*Open until 3pm on Christmas Eve and 4pm New Year’s Eve. Closed Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day & New Year’s Day

*Due to the fact that we are located in a Listed and Protected building and our Moving Crib is located in the basement of our premises, we are very sorry but we do not have wheelchair or mobility impaired access to The Crib. Our sincere apologies.


What is The Moving Crib? 

Keep scrolling to find out what you can expect during your visit to The Moving Crib! 

This year The Moving Crib will be 64 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 amazing Christmas experience. Please note there have been some changes to the running of the Moving Crib this year so please scroll back to the top of the page to see what’s different!

The Moving Crib, the mention of which evokes a smile and fond memories of Dublin in the ‘rare auld times’ is the only one of its kind 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 here.What do they say about The Moving Crib?

The Moving Crib has been featured in many news and media outlets and online community groups, here are just some of the comments:

“A wonderful hidden gem in Dublin City”

“…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…”

“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…

Lots of old world charm and a whole LOT of FUN! 

Winding your way down to the basement of this lovely 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 visit for all the family! Don’t forget to share your photos, use #TheMovingCrib on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

“Draw a Leaf” Competition – Colour In & Win

To take part in this year’s Draw a Leaf Competition you will need to complete your leaf at home and bring it on your visit. Just follow the steps below:

  1.  Download some leaf templates here and print them off or Draw Your Own Leaf
  2. Cut out the leaf shape and colour it in /design it.
  3. Put  name, age and contact number on the back – (this is really important as if you win, we need to be able to contact you.)
  4. Bring it to The Moving Crib this Christmas and give to a guide or put in the Post Box in the Crib.

The leaves will then be entered into a competition with some amazing prizes! All leaves given to us will remain in The Moving Crib forever!

Please Note: Due to the restrictions in place, unfortunately our colour table will not be available for use to complete leaves, so we would ask that they are done at home and brought in on your visit. 



I would like to make a donation to the upkeep of the Moving Crib ….

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 over Christmas but to find out about other events happening around the city follow the link below to