Your Guide To Outdoor Nativity Sets

One of the best ways to show that you and your family are celebrating Christmas is by displaying a nativity scene outside your home. Since this is something that people are going to see when they drive by your house daily, it likely a point of pride for you and your family. You want to ensure that the nativity scene is made of the utmost quality materials and will not become worn or weathered in any way. You’ll also need to consider factors such as the height of the nativity scene and whether you would like to include any extra features with your display. There’s no need to be overwhelmed by these buying options. No matter if you’re purchasing your first nativity scene or are looking to upgrade your existing one, this post should serve as your guide to finding your ideal outdoor nativity scene.  

Height Of Your Nativity Scene The size of your nativity scene is arguably the most significant factor to consider when choosing a display. Outdoor nativity scenes typically come in four sizes:

  • Life-Size, which is over seven feet in height
  • Large, which is approximately five feet in height
  • Medium, which stands nearly four feet high
  • Small, which has a height of about two-and-a-half feet

Although large tends to be the most popular size, the right size is more likely to be determined by where you want to display the nativity scene. For example, life-sized nativity scenes are ideal for businesses, hospitals, churches, and other similar organizations that typically have large buildings. The larger nativity scenes are suitable for homes, especially if there is a big yard. Medium-sized nativity scenes are multi-functional, as you can use them both indoors or out. Those with apartments or smaller yards will benefit most from using a medium nativity scene. These scenes are also small enough that they can fit by a large Christmas tree indoors. Small nativity scenes are not great for outdoor use, because they are too small for others to see them. However, they are perfect for putting up on a mantel, on a table, or by the door where guests will most likely see it.  

What Features Would You Like Included? Once you’ve determined where you would like to place your nativity scene and the size you’d like to purchase, there are a few other options you’ll need to consider. First and foremost is how quickly you’d want to be able to set up and break down the nativity scene. Some people don’t mind using screws and nails to assemble their scene, while others would prefer a nativity scene that they can assemble in minutes without having to use fasteners or screws. You must also determine if you’d like your nativity scene to have additional signs and characters, or if you’d prefer a standalone set. There are great signs that invite the holiday spirit like "Joy," "Peace On Earth," or "A Child Is Born." Lastly, you should determine how much light you’d like included in your scene. Some scenes allow you to light the star, while others will enable you to illuminate the entire display. Both options can look good in your yard!