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Creches from Across the World at St. James Cathedral (Toronto)

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2017: Open Dec. 11 to 22, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays to Thursdays

Find the crèches made out of walnuts. Which crèche can you wear as a bracelet? Can you see the windmill? The event usually comes with a Scavenger Hunt sheet for the visitors, to better enjoy the little tour. The annual exhibit was cancelled for a few years while the St. James Centre building was being constructed north of the cathedral. It is now located in Nancy Mallett Archives & Museum within that modern building. The 2015 version included nearly 50 crèches from around the world, which brought amusing variations (see our photo gallery). Wisemen travel by camel, llama or dogsled. Mary and Joseph are made of wood, fur, felt, puter. Every Nativity scene filled with details. Most crèches are quite modest in size. This actually adds to the pleasure of the hunt. No need to be Christian to appreciate the lovely figures of Crèches from Across the World.

The exhibit also features a collection of Nativity books and the Nancy Mallett Archives & Museum, a few interesting historical artefacts.

Part of a wooden crèche from Russia
Crèche from Canada
Jesus’ always the focal point
Felt crèche from Kyrgyzstan

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