In 1972, Mrs. Howell H. Howard gave the museum a rare eighteenth-century Neapolitan crèche in memory of Helen Northrup Knox. Since then, the crèche and its accompanying Christmas Tree have been displayed every December in various locations around Buffalo, and the Christmas Tree Lighting and Concert has become a cherished annual tradition.
This year, join us on Sunday, December 10 for the official lighting of the Albright-Knox’s traditional Christmas Tree and a concert of holiday favorites performed by members of the St. Paul's Cathedral Choir. Learn More
The museum’s set of crèche figurines is one of only three in the United States, with the other two in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the White House. The museum’s crèche figures, each a work of art, range from six to twenty inches in height. They have finely crafted bodies of fiber and wire, and their heads and shoulders were modeled out of terracotta. Many of the luxurious and colorful costumes are original, and a few have been carefully restored over the years.