I love to talk about Fontanini, so it’s only natural that I would be a little curious to learn more about a Fontanini Outdoor Nativity display. Fontanini has created some of the most collectable nativity sets, and while it doesn’t surprise me that they would try to make a move to create beautiful outdoor nativity scenes, I was honestly a little surprised to learn exactly what they made.
First of all, I really like the look of this set. The artwork that went into it is really quite nice, and is certainly what one might expect from Fontanini. Beyond that, I think it falls a bit short of Fontanini’s usual standards, but I suppose when it comes down to it, this is a very affordable option compared to the displays they could be coming up with.
With that in mind, a simple 2D representation of the Holy Family may be just what you’re looking for, and this could be your answer, though you may need to make a couple of considerations before picking this scene up for your yard.
The first thing I want to bring to your attention is that while this display does have sturdy metal frames, the artwork is screened onto a thin sheet of PVC. The problem with this is that while PVC is great for cold temperatures, it is easily punctured or torn. I suggest that this display be placed in an area sheltered from wind and snow drifts, and make sure that it is firmly secured by nailing it into the ground with its included pegs.
The next thing that you should consider is buying some soft flood lighting. The reason I suggest this is because that while the set claims to be lighted, those lights are not strong enough to show off the artwork where there is no additional or natural lighting and you will find yourself with a display of lights that will look entirely random and not like a nativity display at all.
However, with those two considerations in mind, this could be an absolutely lovely set for anyone looking to bring the meaning of Christmas to their yard.
What’s included with the Fontanini Holy Family Lighted Outdoor Nativity Set?
This is a pretty simple set, actually. It includes everything needed to easily set up 3 separate display pieces – Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus in the manger. The tallest display piece, Joseph, stands at 4 feet tall. The rust-proof metal frame supports the PVC screens as well as over 200 mini lights. Ground stakes are included to secure the display, and the lights are rated for outdoor use. Total shipping weight of this set is less than 13 lbs.