Every year, during the Christmas holidays, the New Year's Crib Contest takes place. The exhibition can be seen on the main square, then the cribs are moved to the Historical Museum of Cracow.
It's worth to visit this exhibition at least once and see the very colorful buildings, in no way resembling the poor barn. Made of cardboard, paper, glossy colored aluminum foil, tissue paper, they all leave a big impression. Some of the cribs are static, others contain movable figurines of wood, rags or made of wire. Adults with admiration look at fantastically crafted details and the children (especially the smaller ones) are mainly interested in the moving parts.
Among the main persons in Cracow's nativity scenes are mainly the Holy Family, Three Kings, angels, shepherds, animals like oxen, donkeys, lambs. At some cribs you can also see Death with a scythe, the Devil and angels. Often they are also characters in regional costumes such as Cracow people or Górale (highlanders) or heroes from legends such as Mr. Twardowski, Lajkonik, The Wawel Dragon or the trumpeter from the tower of St. Mary's.
There are also historical figures such as (Nicolaus Copernicus, Tadeusz Kosciuszko, Jozef Pilsudski, John Paul II) and from the world of politics (such as former presidents Lech Walesa and Aleksander Kwasniewski), or people belonging to the so-called carol groups: animal goblins (eg the turoń, goats), cossacks, begging grandfather, witch, representatives of migratory occupations (whittlers, bear tamers, organ grinders).
During the competition you can see both cribs made by professional artists and children.
If you want to see more you can go to the Museum of Ethnography, where there is quite a big collection of Cracow's cribs.
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Pałac Krzysztofory Rynek Główny 35 31-011 KrakówGallery:
from 9 Dec 2013 to 23 February 2014. Open: Sunday – Thursday 9.00 –18.00; Friday – Saturday 9.00–19.00Tickets adults:
Family ticket - 16 PLN
Wystawa czynna jest jedynie czasowo. Zanim się wybierzecie , warto zajrzeć na stronę Muzeum Historycznego Miasta Krakowa.