Up all those stairs at St. Joseph's Oratory there is a very seasonal exhibit happening once again this year. Over 260 nativity scenes or crèches from around the world can be viewed. The countries of Germany, Belgium, Mexico, Canada, and Switzerland are amongst those represented. These scenes of the manger where Jesus was born have been reproduced by artisans and craftspersons. The nativity scene is a symbol of hope and joy for hundreds of millions of Christians around the world.
You might think that once you've seen one nativity scene you've seen them all. But you could not be further from reality. The interpretations brought to this famous scene from peoples worldwide are varied and amazing. You yourself will look at things differently once you've seen the exhibit. The come in all different mediums, shapes and sizes.
There are nativity scenes from 111 countries from around the world at this year's exhibit. This is quite an impressive growth from the 25 creches that were at the first exhibit in 1981. There are 264 nativity scenes (to be precise) with 16 brand spanking new additions this year.
-Location: 3800 Queen Mary Road
-Hours: Monday-Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.