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Christmas crib in CustonaciChristmas cribs are a typical Italian and Sicilian tradition. Almost every family has its own "presepe", a nativity scene, and most towns also organize a living christmas crib. The representation may last only for the holy night or for the whole period of the Christmas holidays. The Sicilian panorama, with its canyons is perfect for the living nativity scenes. These include not only the holy family. In some cases tens of actors create a wonderful atmosfere. Handicrafts of the Sicilian tradition are also represented. If you are travelling to Sicily during Christmas time, a visit to one of the living Christmas cribs is almost a "must". But where are the best Sicilian living cribs ? Here is a small list of the most famous "presepi viventi".

Christmas crib in CustonaciChristmas crib in Custonaci (Trapani): It is organized in a natural grotto, the "grotta Mangiapane". It was first organized in 1981 and probably it is today the most visited living crib in Sicily. Visitors can see traditional handicraft and also a "pupi siciliani" show. Pupi are the traditional sicilian puppets. Tickets can be ordered online. Maximum 500 visitors/hour are admitted.

Edition 2018 December 25, 26, 29, 30; January 4, 5, 6, 2019 from 4 pm to 9 pm (last entrance at 8 pm). Tickets online from  € 9,50 (adults)

Info: www.presepeviventedicustonaci.it (only Italian language)

 

Christmas crib in Cava d'Ispica (Ragusa): Cava d'Ispica is a typical Sicilian canyon near Ispica (province of Ragusa). At the beginning of the canyon, every year, takes place the nativity representation with traditional Sicilian handicraft. You can walk through the "presepe" on your own or it is also possible to  take a guided tour (also to Ispica) or to buy an offer with typical sicilian lunch or dinner.

Edition 2017: December 23, 25, 26, and 30 and January 1 and 6. Tickets € 4.

Info:  www.presepeviventeispica.it

 

Living Christmas crib in AgiraLiving Christmas crib in Agira (Enna): This representation takes place only on December 24th. The scenery is the medieval castle of Agira. Important moments of the presepe are the arrival of the holy family in Bethlehem and the arrival of the Magi This traditional presepe is over 20 years old. It is also possible to see it in livestream on web on agira.org.

Edition 2018: December 24th, from 8 pm to midnight.

Info: www.comuneagira.gov.it

 

Cavagrande living Christmas cribLiving Christmas crib in Cavagrande (Siracusa): The scenery for this nativity are the ruins of Avola antica, located between the modern town Avola (Syracuse province) and the impressive Cavagrande canyon nature reserve. This is is the 25th edition of this living Christmas crib where it's possible to see traditional handicraft and taste warm ricotta cheese, wine and almonds.

Edition 2018: 25 and 26 December and 1 and 6 January, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Info: phone +39 347 3502342, Facebook page

 


 

Licodia Eubea Christmas cribLiving Christmas crib in Licodia Eubea (Licodia Eubea, CT): The last Christmas crib of our list is a new entry. This event is organized in the small village of Licodia Eubea, in the province of Catania and this is the first edition. It will be possible to visit the traditional nativity but also have a food and wine tasting with traditional sicilian gastronomy of the winter period.

Edition 2017: 16, 25, 26 and 30 December and 5 and 6 January,  from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

Info:  Facebook del Presepe

 


Credits: photo: agira.org; presepeviventedicustonaci.it, presepeviveneispica.it, presepeviventemontalbano.blogspot.com - text: testo: © Sicily-Holiday.com

 

 

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