Vatican's Christmas tree lighted! Wooden Nativity scene comes from Trentino region of Italy.
The Italian dioceses of Trento, Padua, and Vittorio Veneto were the donors of the Vatican Christmas tree and Nativity scene this year.
The tree lights were turned on in a ceremony on the evening of December 5. The spruce is some 85 feet (26 meters) high.
The Holy Father thanked the people of the dioceses, also praising the initiative to replant 40 fir trees to replenish the forest, which was damaged by a storm in 2018.
The Christmas crib is made almost entirely of wood and composed of architectural elements characteristic of the Trentino tradition.