The nativity scene strengthens the Christmas spirit
The nativity scene is one of the most popular symbols of Christmas in Slovenia. They are set up under spruce branches in churches and a lot of Slovenian homes. The figurines are mostly made of plastic or wood, and the base is made of moss from the nearby forest. However, for quite some time now, nativity scenes have not only been set up in people's homes. Every year, live nativity scenes are held and you can find them in many towns in Slovenia. Visit some of the most special nativity scenes in Slovenia!
The nativity story at the Postojna Cave
Take a small train to see one of the most magnificent renditions of the biblical Christmas story! As you journey into the interior of Postojna Cave, you will be accompanied by angels and extraordinary natural cave sculptures. Thousands of tiny stars will be shining right above you. As you arrive at the scene, the story begins. Sixteen biblical scenes, 150 performers a day, and the wonderful cave backdrop with magnificent stalactites and stalagmites will fill your hearts with festive warmth and excitement.
An ice kingdom in Mojstrana
In the final days of December, the Mlačca Gorge in Mojstrana transforms into a real ice kingdom. As visitors enter the gorge, they already encounter works of art made of ice that are created by humans and nature together. In this kingdom, a mighty ice wall rises, serving as the venue for the annual live nativity scene. In addition to the biblical story, another story from everyday life that causes us to think is added every year. This nativity scene is also special because the majority of the actors perform with clampers, and the wonderful ice backdrop is complemented by light and other effects.
A live nativity scene at the zoo
In Slovenia, you can also find live nativity scenes in which animals also perform in addition to people. The most interesting nativity scene with animals can be found at Ljubljana Zoo. Children can enjoy a parade of festively decorated camels, and after the show, they can walk among fireplaces, shepherds, and sheep, and they can visit the biblical family and their domestic animals in the little barn.
Christmas show in Pekel Cave
You may be taken aback by the stark contrast between the two names (Pekel meaning "hell" in Slovenian), but the living nativity scene in Pekel Cave is a sight to behold. Every year for Christmas, this picturesque cave, where you can witness the incredible show put on by nature, becomes a magical venue for enacting the biblical story of Jesus’ birth.
Nativity scene in Tržič
Experience a living nativity scene in a genuine rural setting. Come and see the Christmas show under the linden tree in the Tržič village of Žiganja vas that the locals put on every year. While you're there, you can take a walk around the village fair and see the display of old nativity scenes from shoemakers' homesteads.