a-franciscan-christmas-in-over-the-rhineThere is a truly unique holiday experience to be had in Over the Rhine, and you don’t have to spend a dime.  A Franciscan Christmas takes place at the Christian Moerlein Event Center, which is an impressive historical landmark in Over the Rhine.

The Franciscan Christmas at  Moerlein Brewery focuses on the Nativity Scene.  The Franciscan Christmas experiences is an homage to the creche scene displayed by Christians all over the world to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  Even if you are not a devout church-goer the Franciscan Christmas is still a pretty spectacular exhibit to visit, especially the Crèche Collection from around the world at Moerlein.

A Franciscan Christmas

Crèche Collection

a-franciscan-christmas-nativityThe Christian Moerlein Brewery is home to the Crèche Collection from around the world.  This is such an awe-inspiring collection of nativity scenes from so many different cultures.

Along with the crèche collection you can also see a train display, Santa collection, hang out in a living room decorated for Christmas and see the Bockfest Goat dressed for the holidays.

And after you see this cool holiday display head to the taproom for soft pretzels and local brews!  The taproom is a great casual place to kick back.  We might just go back again over the holidays to see this display again and to hang out in the taproom and play board games.



Native American Crèche:


Italian Fontanini Crèche:


Celtic Crèche:


Mexican Crèche:


Snoopy Crèche:


Pakistan Crèche:


Kenyan Crèche:


Chinese Crèche:



I should note that even though these displays are FREE of charge, they do welcome donations and I highly encourage dropping some dough in the bucket for them!  The donations support St. Francis Seraph Church/School

A Franciscan Christmas’ at Christian Moerlein Event Center dates and times:  November 22, 2018 – January 1, 2019 

Wednesdays & Thursdays: 4 PM – 10 PM
Fridays: 4 PM – 11:00 PM
Saturdays: Noon – 11 PM
Sundays: 1 PM – 6 PM

For more information visit the St. Francis Seraph website.