Whether called the French crèche, the Italian presipio, the German krippe, the Spanish nacimiento, or the English crib, the depiction of the nativity scene is one of the oldest and most beloved Christmas traditions.
The Christmas crèche on display is a wooden hand carved, gold plated and hand painted artistic representation of the birth of Jesus. The figurines are around 60cm in height. Purchased in Austria off the renowned Master Carver Johannes Spiegl - it has been especially shipped to Australia to find its new home at the Sunshine Castle.
While focusing on the central figures of the mother Mary and the Christ Child, crèche artists often telescope time and place to bring together a host of earthly and heavenly participants - shepherds, animals, angels, wise men, and commoners.
The Sunshine Castle who will be celebrating 35 years since first opening its doors to Sunshine Coast visitors and families in 2008 will be open right throughout Christmas and the New Year holidays for visitors to come and admire this unique new feature. Opening hours are 9:30am to 4:30pm 7days (open Christmas Day and New Years Day from 11am).
Complete with moat, turrets, towers and drawbridge a visit to the castle is ideal for a family outing or a fun experience for young and old. The Sunshine Castle was first built to exhibit fairytales and dolls 35 years ago. The more recent accumulation of medieval armory is proudly displayed on the castle walls.
Children are sent on the famous Castle treasure hunt and receive a free treat from the Kings treasure. Young and old are only bound by their imaginations and the castle inn café serves delicious snacks and great coffee. The gift shop offers an array of collectible treasures and toys and some unique medieval artifacts and armory to turn your home into your very own castle.
Medieval Feasting Theatre Dinners offer a flogging good night out. The Castle also hosts children's birthdays, weddings, corporate functions, Medieval Festivals and much much more.