Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Met
November 4, 2019 – January 7, 2020
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave
The Met continues a longstanding holiday tradition with the presentation of its Christmas tree, a favorite of both New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. 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.
The installation is set in front of the eighteenth-century Spanish choir screen from the Cathedral of Valladolid in the Museum’s Medieval Sculpture Hall. Recorded Christmas music adds to the enjoyment of the holiday display.
Please note: There are no tree-lighting ceremonies scheduled this year due to the European Paintings Skylights Project. However, seasonal music will continue to be played in the gallery throughout the installation.