Crèche Exhibit and Pilgrimage

View the guide to this year's exhibit

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

Sunday, December 2
2:00–3:30pm
Eck Visitors Center


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. 28 to Jan 27. 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. 22-Jan. 2.

Please check building hours before visiting.

Eck Visitors Center:
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, Noon-4 p.m.

The Morris Inn:
During normal hotel operating hours. Call 574.631.2000 for more information.

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

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

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

Hesburgh Library:
Hours vary widely. Visit hesburgh.nd.edu for specific operating hours.