Crèche Exhibit and Pilgrimage


Join the Notre Dame community for a pilgrimage through campus to view nativity sets from throughout Africa. Begins at Jenkins Nanovic Halls and travels to Eck Visitors Center, Coleman-Morse Center, and ends with a blessing and reception at Main Building.

Sunday, December 8
2:00–3:30 p.m.
Jenkins Nanovic Halls

The annual International Crèche Exhibit and Pilgrimage brings together the Notre Dame community to view nativity sets from across the world. The exhibit features crèches on loan from the Marian Library at the University of Dayton. The family-friendly pilgrimage, held in early December, travels across campus to various buildings where the nativity sets are displayed. The pilgrimage includes prayer, Scripture readings and song.

We encourage you to bring the baby Jesus figurine from your home crèche to be blessed at the conclusion of the pilgrimage and also invite children to dress as a figure from the Nativity story: animals, shepherds, angels, magi, the Holy Family, etc.

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”Images of Jesus’ nativity remind us that God has made our world his home.”

-John Cavadini

Exhibit Hours

The creches will be on display in six campus buildings from Nov. 27 to Jan 12. Visitors are encouraged to make self-guided tours of the crèches using booklets available at all exhibit sites.

During the end of the fall academic semester and Christmas holidays, building hours vary widely. The Eck Visitors Center, Coleman-Morse Center, Main Building and Geddes Hall will be closed Dec. 23–Jan. 2

Please check building hours before visiting.

Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Eck Visitors Center
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Coleman-Morse Center
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Main Building
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; (elevator access to 2nd floor)

Geddes Hall
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (no access to 3rd floor on weekends)

Hesburgh Library
Hours vary widely. Visit for specific operating hours.

Snite Museum of Art
Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Thursdays,  10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m; Saturday, 12:00pm – 5:00 PM
Closed Mondays, Sundays, and major national holidays.