Neapolitan Presepio and Carnegie Trees at CMOA (Fri., 1/6/23)

The holidays are full of traditions around these parts: Italians have the Feast of the Seven Fishes; Eastern Europeans have their 12-dish supper; and the Elf on the Shelf is here to stay. This year, the Carnegie Museum of Art wants to be part of your seasonal traditions with the Neapolitan presepio, a Pittsburgh tradition at the museum since 1957. This carefully preserved Nativity scene, which covers 250 square feet, offers a glimpse into 18th-century Italy with its life-size figures handcrafted by artisans between 1700 and 1830. While there, enjoy the Carnegie Trees. Carnegie Trees is also a longtime tradition, first featured in 1961. The Presepio exhibit runs through January 16, Carnegie Trees through January 8 and are free with museum admission. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 440 Forbes Ave., Oakland.

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