Holy Family PVC Outdoor Nativity Scene

If you’re looking for an outdoor nativity set to display this year, this could quite possibly be the one for you. The basic set is in the same price range as the White Silhouette Nativity Scene I’ve talked about, but it is much more colorful and comes almost completely inclusive of everything you need.

There are a few things that I really like about these sets. Of course, they’re very pretty, as you can see. I probably wouldn’t write about them if they weren’t.

But beyond beauty, there is much more to like about them, such as how they came to be.

Twenty years ago, a California man who describes himself as a Christian and math teacher, started out by building his own nativity set out of plywood and paint. It was a hit with his neighbors, and soon they wanted their own as well.

Knowing that his plywood and paint versions wouldn’t last very long, and seeing that there was demand for his Nativity scenes, he started looking into how to produce a better product. Years have passed since that first Nativity set, and in that time, not only has he created and made available a very high quality and durable outdoor nativity scene for anyone to enjoy, but he has created his own part-time business out of his hobby and his Christian beliefs. He is still primarily a math teacher and intends to keep it that way.

The set itself has had quite a few improvements over the years to ensure that it will last in any of the many climates that we experience, including the brutal winters of the Mid-West. The pieces are cut out of ¼” PVC board which is very capable of handling the most extreme temperatures and won’t easily crack. The color is impregnated directly into the PVC board to eliminate peeling and resist fading caused by UV rays. The stakes for securing the pieces into the ground are also made of durable plastic, and will hold firm against heavy winds.

It’s very easy to set up and take down, though you will require a mallet to pound the stakes into the ground.

 

What’s included with the Holy Family Outdoor Nativity Scene?

The Basic Set includes:

  • Mary holding Jesus, standing about 24″ high.
  • Joseph, also 24″ high
  • The Manger, 23″ high
  • The Star of Bethlehem, 12″
  • The Stable – when assembled, is about 4′ – 4″ wide and with the star attached stands about 3′ tall
  • Floodlight fixture that stakes into the ground – bulb not included
  • Bag full of straw to place on the ground around the scene
  • Ships in a 2′ by 2′ by 5″ box that the entire set can easily pack back down into after it comes down.

 

The Full Set includes:

  • All pieces mentioned above, Plus:
  • The 3 Wisemen, tallest is 42″ tall
  • A Camel, 20″ tall and 34″ wide
  • A Donkey, 22″ tall
  • A Shepherd Boy, 32″ tall
  • Two Sheep, the taller being 12″ tall
  • A second spotlight fixture – bulb not included

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Fontanini Holy Family Lighted Outdoor Nativity Set

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.

 

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White Silhouette Style Outdoor Nativity Scene

Sometimes, simple and understated can create much more of an impact than many of the outdoor nativity scenes available today. This silhouette-style is a perfect example of how you can easily keep the true meaning of Christmas in your front yard with out bringing in a commercialized feel.

I love this nativity because it looks incredibly picturesque while remaining small and easy to set up. This nativity scene is constructed of a very durable PVC.  The half inch, white matte finish sheet doesn’t damage easily and never needs more than a wipe down to clean each season.

While you might need to add some additional support to keep it up in windier climates, it’s tough enough to withstand any other weather conditions that might be thrown at it.  PVC is strong, and will not be affected by rain or snow, and never peels, yellows or needs to be painted.

Add a spotlight and a timer, and your yard easily becomes a beautiful tribute to the birth of Jesus every evening, catching the eye of neighbors and passers-by as shadows create more drama behind it.

 

What’s included with the White Silhouette Style Outdoor Nativity Scene?

It comes in 8 pieces that stack neatly together for storage, but when fully assembled, measures in at 46″ wide, 22″ deep and 50″ high and weighs 19.5 lbs.  It only takes a few minutes to put together, too, and comes with detailed instructions if you need them – but you probably won’t.  The pieces all slide together in rather obvious ways, and while the pieces are big, they are light, keeping setup from becoming awkward.

And this outdoor nativity scene is just as easy to take down and store after Christmas is finished.  No tools are needed, and it will pack down to 29″ by 43″ by a shocking 2″ deep, making it one of the simplest outdoor nativities to store.

 

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