Looking for unique nativity sets to remind you of the reason we celebrate Christmas? Here are some beautiful nativity sets for adults as well as some unique nativity sets for children.
I have always loved nativity sets. I especially love unique nativity sets of the Holy Family (Mary, Joseph and Jesus). Yes, there were many there to celebrate Jesus’ birth but I love the reminder of those first moments as depicted in nativities.
My love of nativities goes back to a gift my parents received one Christmas. A member at church (my Dad is a pastor), gave them a Jim Shore quilted nativity. Yes, those are beautiful, if you know the style. This one showed a very pregnant Mary on a donkey with Joseph steadily leading the way – with the quilted design on their robes. I loved that it wasn’t just Mary and Joseph standing by a manger as so many scenes were at the time.
I slowly began a nativity collection of my own. We don’t add to it every year but slowly when I find a set I really love. My in-laws gave us a nativity set from Hawaii and my father brought back a beautiful hand-carved Holy Family from Jerusalem. I love the uniqueness of them all.
My nativity collection is one of the first things I unpack each Christmas. We don’t have a mantle so most of them are displayed on the piano…with a couple around the house in other areas.
If you love nativities too, this list is for you! We might not all be able to travel to Israel to buy nativities, but there are still many unique nativities to be found.
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Nativity Sets for Mom and Dad
Willow Tree Nativity
The Willow Tree Nativity has become a popular nativity. Some one would say it isn’t unique anymore because it is so popular, but I think it is unique because of the clean lines and the simplicity of the style. I added it to my collection just two years ago. There are many pieces you can add to grow this nativity, but for now, I keep it simple and display just Mary and Joseph with the baby.
Willow Tree Holy Family
This Willow Tree nativity (in color!) was one of the first nativities I purchased. I love the clean lines but I also love the muted colors of this nativity. The tender way Mary holds Baby Jesus, and Joseph is leaning over makes this one of my favorite nativities.
Lisa Leonard Holy Family
I do not (yet) own the nativity set by Lisa Leonard but it is truly a unique nativity set. You can purchase this in pieces, starting with just the Holy Family and adding to it as you choose. It is small and made of sterling silver – and uniquely beautiful!
Nativity Hurricane Candle Holder Trio
I bought this nativity set years ago and it is one of my favorite sets to get out every year! I put battery operated pillar lights inside and it looks beautiful sitting on our piano. It is a Dayspring exclusive, and although a bit pricey, they run sales on it every Christmas. It is a beautiful addition to any nativity set. I have any several friends buy it after seeing it sit out in our home because it is even more beautiful in person.
This nativity hurricane trio is only available for purchase on Dayspring here.
O Holy Night Nativity Framed Art
If you are looking for a nativity you can display as artwork, check out this beautiful framed nativity to hang on your wall! The simple black and white design has a farmhouse look that I think is beautiful.
This framed nativity art is found on Dayspring here.
Sleeping Holy Family Nativity Set
I found this nativity online and quickly added it to my wish list. I absolutely love the real moment of love – and exhaustion – displayed by the whole family. It is truly a unique look at the Holy Family!
Nesting Nativity Set
This nesting nativity set is truly a unique one! It includes five nativity scene members, all that can be nested inside one another – in the Russian doll style. Bronners (a huge Christmas store) has this and many other nativity sets – as well as all things Christmas!
You can find this nesting nativity at the Bronners website.
Nativity Sets for Children
If you are looking for nativity sets your children can play with, here are some great options. All are beautiful enough to display in a collection, but sturdy enough that children can play with them without breaking anything.
Children’s Countdown Nativity Set
This wooden nativity is labeled as a children’s countdown calendar, but you could easily display it anywhere. The artwork on these wooden pieces is simply lovely!
Fisher Price Little People Nativity
The Little People nativity is a classic if you have kids. I bought it before we had kids because I knew I wanted one for our family. We have an older version but all of my kids love playing with it – each and every single year. It plays “Away in a Manger” when you press the star and I’m amazed we haven’t worn out the batteries yet!
O Holy Night Wooden Nativity
This wooden nativity set is more brightly colored than some. I like that it has an actual stable too.
You can buy this wooden nativity here.
Melissa & Doug Wooden Nativity
Here’s another wooden nativity set. Like the others above, this is a durable set that kids can play with or you can display it yourself.
This Melissa & Doug wooden nativity set is available for sale here.
Nativity Fridge Magnets
If you want a nativity set for your fridge, check out these nativity magnets.
You can buy these nativity fridge magnets at Dayspring here.
There are so many different nativity sets. Every year, there are new ones but some classics remain. Do you collect nativities? Or do you have a favorite nativity set to display?