Nordic Julekrybbe


In a region known for its wood carving, Nordic wooden Nativity Scenes are a rarity.  The figures and stable in this Julekrybbe, inspired by medieval sculpture, were crafted by Henning, a Norwegian woodcarving studio established in 1947 by Henning Engelsen.  The design and color choices reflect the local traditions.  Now under the management of Henning’s Daughters, Christl and Angelina, and son-in-law Bjarne Espedal, the workshop continues to carve and paint the figures by hand.


The original Navidad Nativities setting was inspired by Scandinavian simplicity and the enchantment of a Nordic winter’s night. Nestled in a forest of frosty Norway spruce trees, among the shimmering drifted snow, this Nativity is a calm serenity among the bustle of the season.

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Currently on display at Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn, PA, the Nordic Julekrybbe is available for pre-order in 2024.


The scene features 19 laser-cut Norway Spruce trees, hand painted and detailed and set in a blanket of glistening snow made entirely of wood and plaster and set on a solid MDF base with birchwood veneer.  12 adjustable LED lights add atmosphere to the entire scene.  The stunning Nativity figures from the Henning studio are carved from birchwood and are from the 6.75″ (17cm) series.


General dimensions are 48″ wide, 18″ deep, 24″ tall.

Please note: each custom Nativity is made by hand.  Some variations in landscape are possible.