Dublin – The Moving Crib

"The Moving Crib in Dublin"

The Moving Crib in Dublin 2021

The Kids will LOVE it… The Best FREE Christmas Outing!

The Moving Crib  in St. Martin Apostolate , 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1, is still, for many people, one of the most charming aspects of Christmas in Dublin City.

You know it’s really Christmas when you hear mention of The Moving Crib and this year is no different. This wonderful gem will be opened again to celebrate its 65th birthday.  Doors open from the 23rd November to 9th of January and best of all, it’s FREE!

Its old world charm has remained unchanged and it has been described as “A tradition that has fascinated generations of children from all over Ireland for more than half a century…”

Visitors are met with a montage of many historical/ fun stories, scenes, competitions, an illusion wall which all give a little touch of magic to help convey the real meaning of Christmas in an unforgettable and fascinating manner. Capturing the joy and spirit of the season with a truly engaging atmosphere, it is sure to offer a Christmas trip your little ones are guaranteed to remember!

Due to Covid 19 the following restrictions will be in place:

Booking is Essential for all visitors this year – visitors must arrive on time and only for their booked slot.
• 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.
• Bring Leaves with you for the “Draw A Leaf ” Competition as our colouring table will be closed this year.
• Maximum stay is 30 minutes – Last booking 5.30pm

"The Moving Crib Competition"

“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:

  • Download some leaf templates and print them off or Draw Your Own Leaf
  • Cut out the leaf shape and colour it in /design it.
  • 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.)
  • 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 will remain in The Moving Crib forever!

Please Note: Due to the restrictions in place, unfortunately their 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.

School Tours

Book your class in today so that they can experience the beauty and wonder of “The Greatest Story Ever Told”.

It’s a monument of Dublin’s “rare auld times” but one that carries a message for today, helping to banish the winter blues and warm its visitors with excitement and real Christmas Spirit.

It is the perfect family day out in the run up to Christmas and it’s still FREE!

Groups / Schools are welcome any time! Just make sure to guarantee your spot by booking online now through the Group Booking Form. Group bookings start from 9:30am every day.

"The Moving Crib in Dublin"

The Moving Crib

Bringing the Magic and Wonder of the Greatest Story Ever Told!

The Moving Crib is like an expanded Nativity Play going back to Adam and Eve and finishing after the crib scene with the young Jesus teaching the Doctors in the Temple

There are over 100 figures in the Crib arranged in 14 different tableaux. They cover various episodes of the Old and New Testament. The figures themselves are about a meter high, molded in papier-mache and dressed in miniature clothes. Concealed motors control the movements of the arms, head and legs.

All of these figures, motors, clothing etc. come from a world famous firm in Germany!

For more information, visit Saint Martin

Event Information

Venues:- St. Martin Apostolate, Co. Dublin

Classification :-  Family Christmas Event  / All Ages

Admission:- FREE (Donations are accepted)

Dates:-  23rd November – 9th January  *Closed Christmas Day / Stephen’s Day and New Year’s Day*                        3pm Christmas eve & New Year’s Eve.

Time:- Open daily at 11.00am – 5.30pm (last slot)

Vaccination or Covid-19 recovery cert are also mandatory for all visitors.

Groups Bookings

Groups / Schools are welcome any time! Just make sure to guarantee your spot by booking online now through the Group Booking Form

A simple step-by-step which you’ll just need to fill in the required information then send it on its way to Sant Martins to review and confirm your booking

For more information, visit Group Booking Form

Family Fun Tip:- Families are especially welcome. There is obviously a certain amount of work involved in setting it up and maintaining it and providing security personnel for the entire period. Is it worth it? Just listening to parents with their young children or teachers going around the crib with a group of children and patiently explaining the meaning of each scene makes it all worth while! Booking Essential.


"The Moving Crib in Dublin"


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