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Exhibitions/ Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

At The Met Fifth Avenue
November 27, 2020–January 6, 2021

Exhibition Overview

The Met continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree. The magnificently lit, twenty-foot blue spruce looms over a vivid eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene, enshrined in an abundant array of lifelike figures with silk-robed angels hovering above. The scene describes in detail the Mediterranean harbor town’s multicultural society.

This year, the installation is set in the east end of the Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court.

Please note: There are no tree-lighting ceremonies scheduled this year.


The exhibit of the crèche is made possible by gifts to The Christmas Tree Fund and the Loretta Hines Howard Fund.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in

Celebrating the Holidays at The Met

Composite photo of a crèche figure of the Virgin Mary, an elaborate 19th-century menorah, and festive seasonal decorations in a medieval cloister gallery

Before your visit, learn more about our beloved Christmas tree presentation and the other festive installations on view this season in this Now at The Met article.

Giuseppe Sanmartino (Italian, 1720–1793). Angel, second half 18th century. Polychromed terracotta head; wooden limbs and wings; body of wire wrapped in tow; various fabrics, H. 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Loretta Hines Howard, 1964 (64.164.8a–c)