Jesolo Sand Nativity 2019



From 7 December to 9 February in Piazza Marconi

The City of Jesolo celebrates the magic of Christmas with Jesolo Sand Nativity 2019, a fascinating and suggestive sand crib that enchants thousands of visitors from all over the world. For its realization every year some of the best international sand sculptors are involved, masters in reviving the authentic Christmas spirit.

The theme: the 18th edition of Jesolo Sand Nativity is dedicated to the Beatitudes: promises that, in daily tribulations, support hope.

The Beatitudes are not poetic expressions and do not indicate easy shortcuts; commit themselves to sacrifice (see GE 65). In fact with the word “blessed” we also mean the happiness that can be procured in the first place for those who suffer: the poor, the afflicted, the hungry, the persecuted, those who are insulted. Secondly, “Blessed” is also one who practices the virtues of meekness, mercy, purity and peace.

Every moment reconstructed, grain on grain, from the skilled hands of the sand sculptors tells a specific episode that can be traced back to a bliss. The scenes hand-painted by the American artist Damon Farmer, accompany visitors in the atmosphere of the time.

Opening on Saturday 7th December at 4pm.

Free entry.


  • from Monday to Saturday: 9.30-12.30 and 14.30-19.30
  • Sundays and holidays: open all day 9.30am-7.30pm
  • from December 23rd to January 6th: open 9:30 am-7:30pm       

Guided tours

Guided tours by appointment  from Monday to Friday

Cost € 30 – max 25 people

Duration 30 minutes

Visits are not made on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, and in the period from December 23rd to January 6th

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The sculptors and the works

  • Richard Varano, artistic director Damon Farmer (USA): sets
  • Michela Ciappini (Italy): Blessed are the poor in spirit
  • Ilya Filimontsev (Russia): Blessed are the myths
  • Susanne Ruseler (Holland): Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice
  • Pedro Mira (Portugal): Blessed are the merciful
  • David Ducharme (Canada): Blessed are the pure in heart
  • Charlotte Koster (Netherlands): Blessed are the peacemakers
  • Marielle Heessels (Holland): Blessed are the persecuted because of justice
  • Richard Baldrick (UK): Blessed are those who are in tears
  • Pavel Mylnikov (Russia) and Radovan Zivny (Czech Rep.): The birth of Jesus