Associació Pessebre Vivent Castell d'Aro
Pessebre Vivent - a 'living' nativity scene
This December at Maremagnum shopping centre in Barcelona, you have the chance to enjoy the Catalan tradition of pessebres vivents, which literally means 'living nativity scenes'. Participants dress up as characters from the time and place of Jesus's birth and act out scenes that might have been going on in Bethlehem some 2,000 years ago.
While these are commonplace in many villages around Catalunya during December and January, they are not seen so often in Barcelona, so this is a good opportunity to discover them, if you've never been to one before. There will be 14 nativity scenes on different weekends and public holidays throughout the month, produced by Associaciones de Pessebres Vivents de Catalunya; each group will do two performances a day, of a different part of the Christmas story, at 12pm and either 5pm or 6pm, depending on the day. The final event, on December 23rd, will feature a special pessebre from the charity SOS África.
The calendar of nativity scenes is as follows:
03/12 Pesebre Vivente de Corró d'Avall, 12pm and 6pm
04/12 Pesebre Vivente de Premià de Dalt, 12pm and 6pm
08/12 Pesebre Vivente de Sudanell, 12pm and 6pm
10/12 Pesebre Vivente de Castell d'Aro, 12pm and 5pm
11/12 Pesebre Vivente de Torrelavit, 12pm and 5pm
17/12 Pesebre Vivente de Linyola, 12pm and 6pm
18/12 Pesebre Vivente de St. Feliu de Llobregat, 12pm and 5pm
23/12 Pesebre Vivente de SOS Àfrica, 12pm and 6pm
More details are available on the Maremagnum website here.