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Living Nativity in Bascara

22nd December 2020 - 4th January 2021

El Pessebre de Bàscara (near Figueres)  

“El Pessebre de Bàscara” tries to recapture the idea and atmosphere of the nativity scenes that the Catalans used to traditionally create in their homes.


They became popular after the French Revolution of 1789 when churches were closed and Nativity scenes were banned. People started to  “bring religion home” by setting up crèches in their own homes, a tradition previously reserved for the rich.

The nativity of Bascara replicate the scenes that were once made with clay figures, but with real life people  animals and materials.


Described as a ‘living revival of the birth of Jesus within a large space with springs and caves, steep rocky cliffs, unusual vegetation and watered by the waters of the river Fluvià’, there are fragments of the daily life of Palestine from 2000 years ago depicted in

Medieval style streets and buildings and enacted by 300 people from the town of Bàscara and its outlying areas.


Even for the non religious these live ‘pessebres’ are a fascinating cultural event that both believers and non believers will enjoy.


This live nativity scene in Bàscara takes place in the town’s old quarter and also on the right bank of the Fluvià river. The series of living tableaux depicting the birth of Christ and the Christmas story is well worth the short journey to Bascara, a pretty and interesting town on the N11 just south of Figueres.

Event cancelled this year, 2020, due to Covid-19,  but keep an eye on their FACEBOOK page  as they say that they will do ’something’ to replace it – if you can go to Spain by then!

2019 – 2020

The dates for this years’ events are  22nd,  25th. 26th, 28th, 29th December and January 1st – 4th starting at 7pm.
Tickets can be bought on site.

Pessebre Bascara



22nd December 2020
4th January
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00 34 972 56 00 07