Christmas – largest ever nativity scene in Vila Real de Santo Anónio

The largest nativity scene of Vila Real de Santo António arranges again this year five thousand figures, presenting themselves in their 16th edition new.

It is one of the largest nativity scenes in the country and definitely the largest and most famous in the Algarve. More than 20 tons of sand, 4 tons of stone and 2,500 kg of cork were used.

In order to keep the exhibition interesting and new, LED lighting and sound animation systems were used for the first time this year. The rebuilding of many Christian and pagan episodes related to the Christmas season are other attractions.

It took over 40 days and 2,500 working hours to breathe life into this scene on about 220 square meters. The preparations began nearly a year ago with the construction of hundreds of figures and props, all of which were held in the premises of Autarky.

In addition to this extensive list is the active support of the technical area, whose task was to implement the lifelike lakes, the lighting of the houses and other effects.

One of the reasons for the success of the VRSA giant crust are the reliefs, scenarios and mechanical figures that bring them to life, factors that set them apart from all others in the country.

The crib attracts visitors from all over the world.

The VRSA giant crib bears the signature of Augusto Rosa and Teresa Marques, two self-employed workers who have worked with Joaquim Soares, João Gomes and many other volunteers.

Over the years, the huge crib has gained notoriety both inside and outside the country. It is not only one of the most charismatic events of the holiday season in the Algarve, but also an international reference that is judged by the number of Spanish, Dutch, German, French and British visitors.

The crib can be visited daily from 1 December to 6 January 2019 at the António Aleixo Cultural Center in Vila Real de Santo António from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2:30 to 7 pm. On January 1st, the time is from 14:30 to 19:00.
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