😺 Take the cat personality test NOW


Lyme Park employee sets up adorably festive Nativity scene with a canine twist

A canine nativity scene dog-happy
© BBC North West - Facebook

There are all sorts of things we’ve missed out on this Christmas but thankfully the annual nativity isn’t one of them and this just might be the best yet.

By Natasha James

Published on the 24/12/2020, 21:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:23

With children’s school plays cancelled or moved online, we thought we wouldn’t get to see Mary and Jospeh this year.

But luckily, these pups have got together to give us a right festive treat!

A festive scene

Lyme Park, located just outside Manchester, is a mansion house and National Trust venue that puts on annual Christmas displays for visitors. 

This year they’ve outdone themselves with this festive scene that features a whole host of gorgeous pups and has brought a smile to all of our faces.

The cast of dreams

The scene was set up by Lyme Park employee Ruth Coxon and pals and it features nine dogs as well as the obligatory donkey!

Amber and Digby play Mary and Joseph while nine-week-old Cavapoo Barney plays the baby Jesus.

The festive scene features a bright star over Pippa and Bella as angels (complete with tinsel crowns and fairy wings) and Henry and Brie as royal visitors (with crowns and cloaks).

The hilarious pictures show “baby Jesus” surrounded by gifts while his proud parents look on.

Thanks for the seasonal cheer!

This Christmas needs all the festive cheer it can get and we think Ruth and her canine companions have done a smashing job.

Keeping your puppy busy this Christmas? Here are 6 tricks to teach your dog.

Watch also: Get into the Christmas spirit with these adorable doggy pyjamas 


If you decide to dress up your own pet, please ensure that he is happy to wear such an ensemble and to make sure that he is safe when doing so. Remember that not all animals appreciate costumes, so please don’t force the issue if he’s not happy. Additionally, if you are using any products on your pet, please make sure they are pet friendly.