The living nativity scene returns to Franciszkańska Street. After the break caused by the coronavirus pandemic, you will be able to see a live nativity scene in Krakow again. The attractions can be visited on December 24 and 25. Due to restrictions, this year there will be no accompanying events that the Franciscans previously organized in closed rooms.

The history of the Franciscan nativity scene in Krakow

The tradition of preparing the nativity scene by the Franciscans comes from the Italian city of Greccio and goes back to 1223. According to the legend of St. Francis and his brothers wanted to recreate the atmosphere of Jesus’ birth, so he prepared a manger, hay and brought a live ox and donkey. The tradition has survived to this day, and the Franciscans from Krakow inspired by it decided in 1992 to organize a similar attraction in Poland.
The nativity scene was very well received by residents and tourists and quickly became an inseparable element of Christmas in Krakow.

Christmas events at the Franciscans in Krakow

On Christmas Eve: After the Christmas greetings from Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, carol singing with the Fioretti ensemble will begin.
At midnight in the Franciscan Basilica, Midnight Mass will begin.

on Christmas Day: Christmas carols will be sung at 3:00 pm. C.D.N. The Quartet, Jakubowe Muszelki and Fioretti will perform.