Nativity scenes exhibition
  • 02.12.2017 – 08.01.2018:
    at the Church Square

    Gardena Art
  • Welcome to Val Gardena, the woodcarver's valley!

    Val Gardena is world renowned for its centuries old woodcarving tradition.The carving of Nativity scenes plays a central role in that custom.
    Gardena Art proudly present their Nativity exhibition where you can admire a varied display of antique and modern hand-carved Nativities, showcasing the diverse abilities of our acclaimed Master Sculptors.

    The Nativity scene, with its figures of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus in the Manger, the shepherds and the Wise Men, has a long history of bringing the original Christmas story to life.
    In fact, the first Nativities can be traced back to the 16th century where they were found in Italian and Spanish churches and the courts of their aristocracy, and later also in Germany.
    Nativity scenes are still today, like then, a great inspiration for many of our artists, and are sculpted 100% in Val Gardena. A wonderful way to bring some of the art of Val Gardena wood sculpture into your home at Christmas-time.

    Especially in time for Christmas, the woodcarving talents of Val Gardena are celebrated in this large exhibition of handcarved Nativity scenes.
    In the 17th century Val Gardena was world famous for the dolls, animals and sacred figures of its local wood sculptors. Today, particularly at Christmas, it is the artistry of the wooden Nativity scenes which draws their fame. The presentation of the Nativities in wooden huts in this central position brings a special Christmas atmosphere to our village life.

    Visit the other Christmas Markets in Val Gardena