A collection of the prettiest modern nativity sets you can find. These are not your grandmother’s Christmas decorations, they’re neutral and minimalist and beautiful!
Christmas can bring out the collector in people. For some, its nutcrackers. Others add a special new ornament to their collection every year. Some people have elaborate Christmas villages, and this year I’m seeing lots of bottle brush tree collections.
But I love nativities.
Growing up, we had a few special nativity sets. One delicate porcelain set that went on top of the piano, and then a few more tucked into bookshelves and on tables. It was always a special event when we set up the nativity, and we all wanted the privilege of placing the baby Jesus (with his perpetually broken arm, haha).
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Now that I have my own family, I’ve continued the tradition of decorating with nativities. I think we’re up to 7 different sets. (I even spray painted an ugly nativity set!) We have a few nice sets that are up out of reach, and then we also have the Fisher Price Nativity set and a wooden manger scene that the kids are welcome to play with and rearrange to their hearts content.
Nativities help my family stay focused on the real reason we celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. When they were little, it was fun to find pieces of the Little People nativity set in random places. I remember one day cleaning up toys and finding Mary, Joseph and a camel in the Little People school bus. It made me laugh so hard!
Finding Modern Nativity Sets
Its fun to shop for nativities, but it can be tricky to find modern ones. There are lots of “classic” nativity sets out there, but beautiful, modern nativity sets are hard to come by.
So I scoured the stores and found 20 of the prettiest modern nativities. I’ve linked them up below, just click the pictures or links to shop. If you want to see some ULTRA-modern nativity sets, you should check out my favorite minimalist nativity sets here.
Modern Nativity Sets
Simple, modern and neutral, these nativity sets are not your grandma's nativities! Your family will remember the real Christmas story with these pretty sets.
Modern Nativity from Wondershop
Beautiful, simple set in cream, pale gold and silvery grey. Includes simple stable with star.
Classic Neutral Nativity Set
This set is ornate and detailed, without being tacky. This beautiful neutral nativity set has 7 pieces.
Large White Nativity Set
Beautiful and simple, this 6 piece nativity set will match any decor for years to come.
Wood Nativity Set
This wooden nativity set is modern and simple and beautiful!
Mini Gold Nativity Scene
This is a tiny gold nativity set, small and sweet.
Porcelain Origami Nativity
Gorgeous modern white origami style nativity with star and separate manger and baby Jesus.
Kate Lee Love's Pure Light Nativity Set
This beautiful set is unique with the baby Jesus being held by Joseph instead of Mary or in a manger. Includes 3 shepherds and 3 wise men.
Polyresin Nativity Scene
This lovely modern set has a beautiful simple arch for the creche.
Modern Wooden Nativity Set - 11 pc
Playful and simple wood nativity scene, including creche. Darling!
Willow Tree Nativity Set
The original modern nativity collection. Neutral and classic.
Hand Painted Miniature Christmas Nativity Set
This sweet little nativity grouping has the perfect goldish copper accents.
Olive Wood Children's Nativity Set
This small nativity set is made with olive wood, and sturdy for kids too.
Neutral Nativity set - 10 pc
Beautiful neutral and modern nativity scene, including creche.
White and grey holy family - 3 pc
Minimal and modern, this set is small and beautiful.
Knit Look Resin Miniature Nativity Set
This cute little nativity set is 3.5" tall with fun faux knit texture.
White and silver Nativity set - 10 pc
The detail on this modern nativity set is simply gorgeous.
Wood Finish Christmas Nativity Scene Figures Set, 8 Piece Set
This beautiful set looks like carved wood, and features Mary, Joseph, Jesus, Angel, Shepherd, and 3 animals.
Holy Family Christmas Nativity Manger Set
Unique and modern, this set has a lot of great texture. Pieces are 8.5" tall.
Olive Wood Faceless Nativity Set from Israel
This beautiful nativity set is hand carved from olive wood in Bethlehem!
Lenox 3-Piece Holy Family Figurine Set
Start your family's nativity set collection with this heirloom nativity scene from Lenox.
Hand-Painted Nativity Christmas Set
This is a classic set, but in lovely neutral, muted colors.
I hope this was helpful. Merry Christmas, friends!
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Tuesday 3rd of December 2019
I also have a collection of nativity sets. My main one is the Willow Tree brand, gifted to me by my mom as a formal set. The Fisher Price set first came out when my oldest was a baby. We loved it so much, that I have one of my own, and one for each of my girls to take with them for their own family some day. My collection includes wooden sets of various sizes, various small porcelin sets, a plastic Precious Moments one, and even one with the Veggie Tales characters! Displaying these brings me so much joy! I am hopeful that someday I will have my mom's set...is is made of wax, and quite fragile.
Tuesday 3rd of December 2019
Oh I'd love to have the full Willow Tree set, it is so pretty. That's fun that you have so many sets! And that's a great idea to buy and save the Little People sets for your kids future families. They are sometimes hard to find! And a wax nativity set, wow that would be delicate!