In the Tyrol the traditional Christmas focuses on the crib. Figurines made of wood, wax, clay or cardboard are placed against a backcloth of imaginary scenery and are moved around to correspond to the various scenes described in the Bible.
Something truly special: the Jaufenthaler nativity scene
You can practically feel the spirit of Christmas on the market square in Innsbruck where a mechanical nativity scene delights visitors with free performances every day. The Jaufenthaler nativity scene was donated as a gift to all children and bears the name of its former owner. The technical wonder creates a festive atmosphere that builds excitement in the run up to Christmas. 15 motors move 28 figures, drive a waterfall and make the church bells ring. A Christmas world comes to life: open daily from December until 6 January, performances from 4 pm to 7 pm. Performances last approx. 25 minutes.