DUBLIN’S BEST FREE CHRISTMAS EVENT FOR ALL THE FAMILY!
Keep scrolling to find out what you can expect from your visit to The Moving Crib!
Did you know, that The Moving Crib will be opening it’s doors for the 63rd year this Christmas on 28th November.
A multi – generational, FREE event that never fails to entertain both children and adults alike.
WHEN: 28th November – 5th January, 2019
11am – 6pm daily
*closed Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day & New Year’s Day
Large groups must pre-book (Click Here)
What is The Moving Crib?
The Moving Crib at St Martin Apostolate, is the only one of its kind, a charming and entertaining experience that winds its way downstairs in our wonderful Georgian building in Parnell Square.
It has fascinated generations of parents, their children and grandchildren for over 60 years now and is still attracting the crowds. Last year we welcomed over 23,000 visitors, and look forward to even more visitors again this year.
The Moving Crib is a godsend to parents concerned with teaching their children about the birth of Christ. The real meaning of Christmas is conveyed in an unforgettable and fascinating manner. It also captures the joy and spirit of the season with a magical atmosphere that all the family will love. We have competitions, Dress Up selfies, an illusion wall and a fascinating Dolls’ House. Children are encouraged to create their own leaf for our tree in the Garden of Eden.
Why not come and take some time out while immersing yourself in the beauty and wonder of “The Greatest Story Ever Told”.
Find out more about the history of The Moving Crib.
What’s said about The Moving Crib?
The Moving Crib has been featured in many news and media outlets and online community groups, here are just some of the comments:
“A wonderful hidden gem in Dublin City”– DublinKids.ie
“…an annual Christmas highlight”– The New York Times
“One of Dublin’s best-loved Christmas traditions.” – Airport Hopper
“The Charming Moving Crib (been there for donkey’s years!) is a real Dublin Institution and should give you a warm glow for the true meaning of Christmas.” – Isaac’s Hostel
“A tradition that has fascinated generations of children from all over Ireland for more than half a century…”– HerFamily.ie
“Definitely one of the most unique things to do in Dublin at Christmas.” – Lisa Hughes (Journalist/Blogger)
“fascinating and creative journey located in Dublin.” – Catolicos Hispanos en Irlanda
What to expect…
Lots of old world charm and a whole LOT of FUN!
Winding your way down to the basement of this lovely Georgian building, you are greeted with a montage of many historical / fun stories, including Noah’s Ark, The Wise Men and many more, its scenes, competitions, an illusion wall and a little touch of magic are all sure to guarantee a fun visit for all the family! Don’t forget to share your photos, use #TheMovingCrib on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
Each year we run two competitions. The “Draw a Leaf” Competition and also the “Dominican Selfie” Competition! There will also be other competitions running across different Facebook events pages so keep your eyes peeled!
“Draw a Leaf” Competition – Colour In & Win
We are looking for leaves for our trees in the Garden of Eden. Here’s how you can have your leaf hanging on our trees in the Garden of Eden forever:
1. Print & colour in a leaf (or draw your own),
2. Cut out the leaf shape,
3. Put your name and contact number on the back and
4. Bring it to The Moving Crib this Christmas.
The leaves will then be entered into a competition with some amazing prizes! All leaves given to us will remain in The Moving Crib forever!
“Dominican Selfie” Competition
“Check-In” while you’re here! Post a photo from our Dominican Dress Up Stand , to our Facebook Page here or tag us in a Twitter post or Instagram post at @StMartinDublin using the hashtag #TheMovingCrib to be in with a chance to win!
Each year, The Moving Crib is carefully assembled, maintained and checked in November and then packed away again in January and stored with care for the next year. This involves significant work, which we do because it is a wonderfully unique way of sharing and reinforcing the gospel story and biblical scenes with children and adults alike. Just listening to parents or teachers going around the crib patiently explaining to their children the meaning of each scene, makes it all worthwhile.