Pessebre Vivent Castell D'Aro Castell - Platja d'Aro
Our Bethlehem begins in 1959 by Father Gumersind and the Bas family. Mosén Gumersind declares, in his memoirs, that he was inspired by the Living Nativity of Engordany (Andorra) created by Esteve Albert.
That first Christmas, the representation was framed by the ruins of the castle of Benedormiens where only the birth was staged. Given the good reception by the people of the town, it was possible that the following year more families were encouraged to collaborate, with that original initiative, extending the route year after year and giving continuity, to this day, which is the manger living oldest in Catalonia.
After eight years of starting the Nativity scene, Father Gumersind leaves the Parish of Castell d'Aro and takes charge of the new rector, Father Agustí Vila who will be in charge for more than 30 years. In 2004 the Associació del Pessebre Vivent was created, thus beginning a new stage in its history.
L'Associació del Pessebre Vivent Castell d'Aro also participates in the Medieval Market, which is held the last week of August in the town and which serves to publicize the work done by the people who make up the Living Bethlehem.
The Castle of Benedormiens of Castell d'Aro hosts, until January 9, three simultaneous exhibitions of Christmas character, organized by the council of culture, tourism and parties of the City Council of Castell - Platja d'Aro: the works of the 31st Contest of Dioramas, Cribs and Christmas Compositions, the compilation of Christmas greetings from the Mercè Rodoreda Library and the Christmas works of the schools of the municipality.
The three exhibitions can be visited, with free admission, on weekends from 11 am to 1 pm and from 5 pm to 9 pm, on December 24 and 31 from 11 am to 1 pm and on December 25 and 26 and January 1 and 6 from 5 to 9pm. The awards ceremony will take place at the Benedormiens Castle on Sunday, January 2 at 6pm.
Simultaneously, the Museo de la Nina opens its doors on the same days and times, thus expanding the cultural offer of the city of Castell d'Aro.