Krippen von Ploner Gerhard
Krippen von Ploner Gerhard
Krippen von Ploner Gerhard
The magic of the nativity
A timeless tradition
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The nativity scene

Unique wooden nativity scenes

Handcrafted wooden stables and nativity figurines by sculptor and artist Ploner Gerhard: A family tradition from South Tyrol.

"Setting up the nativity scene" is a popular tradition and one which is not only treasured during Advent and Christmas time. Our nativity scenes regularly impress viewers and are admired by young and old alike, with their elaborately built wooden stables and expressively carved human and animal figurines depicting the Christmas story. These unique wooden pieces are hand-painted with great attention to detail. A collection of small works of art can be brought together to lovingly depict the birth of Jesus Christ and other individual nativity scenes. This long-standing tradition, which is still very much alive today, can bring memories to life and provide a very special moment of peace.

I have been working for the family-run sculpture company “Ploner woodcarving”, founded in 1978, with joy and enthusiasm since 1995 and have since devoted myself to my great passion for nativity scenes. See it for yourself by browsing our online catalogue, and order your favourite figurines directly from us.

Get to know the Christmas story through the art of the nativity scene by Ploner Gerhard.
The Annunciation

A young girl named Mary lived in the city of Nazareth.
She was engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. God sent the angel Gabriel to her. The angel came to Mary and said, “Greetings, Mary, the Lord is with you. You will give birth to a son, whom you shall call Jesus.” Mary replied, "I belong to the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word."

No room at the inn

All went to enrol themselves, everyone to his own town.
So Joseph of Galilee also set off from the city of Nazareth to the town of David, known as Bethlehem, with Mary, his trusted wife, who was pregnant.
"There was no room for them at the inn."

The birth of Jesus

Mary gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in swaddling clothes and put him in a manger.

The Angels’ Gloria

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace and goodwill toward men.

Annunciation to the Shepherds

Then the angel of the Lord came to the shepherds and said, “Do not be afraid, today the Saviour is born unto you, the Lord. You will find a child wrapped in swaddling clothes in a manger."

The Three Wise Men

The great Hallelujah

Praise ye the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary.
Praise Him in the firmament of His power!
Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet,
Praise Him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance:
Praise Him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise Him upon the loud cymbals:
Praise Him upon the high-sounding cymbals.
Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord
Praise ye the Lord!

The Good Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

King Herod

King Herod gave the order for all children under the age of two to be killed in Bethlehem and the surrounding area, because he was fearful of the new "King of the Jews", as Jesus was known.

The Flight into Egypt

Then Joseph awoke in the middle of the night, took Mary and the child and they left Bethlehem for Egypt on a donkey.


The Holy Scriptures say, "From Bethlehem the king will come, whom God has sent to save man."

Read the timeless traditional Christmas story

Read the whole Christmas story using selected texts from the Bible. Let yourself be enchanted and inspired.

View the entire range in the catalogue

Find an overview of our complete range of hand-carved nativity scenes and figurines in our nativity catalogue.

Buy directly from the artist at the best price

Unique pieces carved by hand from assorted alpine woods, artistically painted using oil paints and available in various sizes.