Pittsburgh Crèche

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The Pittsburgh Crèche, originally erected in 1999, is a larger-than-life nativity scene and the world’s only authorized replica of the Nativity Crèche that stands outside Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.  Located in the USX Tower Plaza on Grant Street, Pittsburgh, this downtown Pittsburgh tradition will open for public viewing on Friday, November 22, 2013 (Light-Up Night), beginning with an ecumenical prayer service at noon.  The band and choir from St. Mary School and St. Ursula School will precede the prayer service with inspirational Christmas music.  The Pittsburgh Crèche will remain on display through Epiphany, January 7, 2014. 

The goal is to have a community project that wants to preserve the true meaning of Christmas – to keep Christ in Christmas.  The Pittsburgh Crèche stands as a reminder of God’s great love for all of His creation. The first definition of a crèche written in 1619 said that a crèche is “to bring to life the events of the birth of Christ so that all who view the scene may personally share the wonder of those who originally saw it.”  It can also inspire those who see it to reach out to people in need.

The theme of the project is “Share the Love.”  


Pittsburgh Crèche Donation Information

The Pittsburgh Crèche continues to face a funding crisis.  If you would like to participate in preserving this beautiful outdoor display, donations can be sent to:

The Pittsburgh Crèche Fund

c/o The Pittsburgh Foundation

Five PPG Place, Suite 250

Pittsburgh, PA  15222

Donations can also be made online by clicking here

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And she gave birth to her firstborn son.  She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7)

Pittsburgh Creche Video One from Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh on Vimeo.


Pittsburgh Creche Video Two from Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh on Vimeo.


Pittsburgh Creche Video Three from Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh on Vimeo.


Pittsburgh Creche Video Four from Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh on Vimeo.


Pittsburgh Creche Video Five from Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh on Vimeo.


Pittsburgh Creche Video Six from Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh on Vimeo.


Pittsburgh Creche Video Seven from Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh on Vimeo.

For information on donating to save the Pittsburgh Crèche,  click here.