French Santon Village


A special room at the Christmas Creche Exhibit is devoted to a village of French santons,"little saints", which are traditional figures made in the south of France. The figures represent various townspeople coming to honor the baby Jesus with their unique gifts. Many of the names and stories of these traditional figures are well-known to the French. In southern France, it is common to see large displays like this one behind glass in churches and town halls during the Christmas Season. The season begins in Marseille in late November with an annual Santon Fair, first held there in 1803. Mary, Joseph, and the baby are located at right in this scene, and the Three Kings are to the left below them.

French Santon Village