The 450 nativity scenes of Lucéram: the magic of a little mountain town


In December of every year Lucéram, a small dwelling with a population of 1,230, perched up the mountains towering above Nice and Côte d’Azur, turns into a real open-air nativity scene. The town is only 25 km (15.5 mi) from Nice, but the atmosphere is that of a magical village in which to experience the special Christmas period to the fullest.

Starting on 3 December and up to 8 January 2023, Lucéram will wear a cloak of dreams for the 25th time. An astounding 450 crèches of different sizes take part in the show: the smallest lie in a nutshell, whilst the largest may reach a 10-metre (33 ft) diameter.

For over a month, the mountain town becomes an immense manger scene and gives you the chance to admire a multitude of artistic creations. Artists and ordinary people go wild to turn their personal vision of the Nativity into a myriad of different styles and creations. The creators often work year-long to prepare the static and dynamic characters, lights, and settings for the Christmas event.

The great Christmas exhibition extends across the ancient streets of the town: a great outdoor gallery that may be visited every day from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 to 5:30 p.m. There is no interruption on Saturdays and Sundays when the visit is also embellished with music and animation.

Barbara Guarini