The largest live nativity in Europe
December 16th to January 21st
Over 600 figurants and over 90 scenes

This Live Nativity is an opportunity to take a trip back to the time of Jesus.

Between 600 and 800 participants bring to life this story that is forever ancient and forever new. It is a space that occupies about 30,000m2 and has over 90 scenes, with references to Egyptian, Jewish, Roman, Assyrian, Greek and Babylonian cultures.

Many of the crafts that existed in Jesus' time also abound here: such as blacksmiths forging and tempering iron, the shoemaker fixing broken sandals, sawyers cutting firewood, peasants organizing their work tools, weavers at the loom with their wool yarn, the potter shaping clay, the baker kneading flour, shepherds caring for their animals, the rabbi singing psalms in the synagogue, senators discussing their wealth, thieves making use of their skills in the market, the seed, vegetable, plants and fish sellers making a living, and the Nazareth family before the shadows of their time...

Visitors can also enjoy a vast gastronomical offer, available in several of the houses that compose the "villages of the Jews and the Romans". Have a taste of "Caesar's bread", "Posca", roasted chestnuts, paltry-wine, coffee in the pot, Jewish sweets, Roman bread, morello cherry liquor, sweets from Rome and the famous “Abade de Priscos” pudding.

During every session, the Priscos Live Nativity offers visitors 4 great shows: "The Jewish Wedding"; "Procession of Light"; "The Trial" and "The Funeral". But one of this Christmas event’s biggest attractions is the possibility of coming into contact with real animals such as donkeys, geese and chickens. The true star of this Live Nativity, however, is the Grotto, which is over 10 meters wide and accommodates the biblical figures of Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the cow and the donkey.
The construction of the scenes is done with passion and experience by the inhabitants of Priscos and by inmates from the Braga Correctional Facility, who offer their time, skills and expertise to revive the event that changed the history of the world.

This is a nativity scene that has dreams for rent. Every year someone rents one. Be more and be better, not only for yourself but for the sake of humanity’s grotto, so often dark and cold, in need of more light, more warmth and more tenderness...

  • DEC 16 - Inauguration at 10:30 AM by the President of the Republic

  • DEZ 17 - 03h00PM to 06h30PM

  • DEC 23 - 02h00PM to 08h00PM

  • DEC 25 - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

  • DEC 28 - 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

  • DEC 30 - 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

  • JAN 1 - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

  • JAN 6 - 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

  • JAN 7 - 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM

  • JAN 13 - 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

  • JAN 14 - 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM

  • JAN 20 - 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

  • JAN 21 - 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM

No waiting lines. Children up to 12 years old get in free.
Recommended Places
Casa de Zacarias

Casa de Zacarias (Zechariah’s House) is a traditional tavern that serves lunch on the days that the Live Nativity is open to the public. It's a simple, rustic house, which takes visitors on a journey to ancient times, recreating the environment at the time of the Priscos Live Nativity.
If you’re thinking of visiting the Live Nativity, take advantage of the day and enjoy the friendly town of Priscos. Stop for lunch at Casa de Zacarias, while enjoying a view of the Nativity scenes. By the end of the meal, you’ll see a village come to life, ready to welcome you. Of course ... don’t forget to order the Abade de Priscos Pudding for dessert!

Largo da Igreja, 4705-562 Priscos - Braga
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