Behold The Christmas Story - In A Limestone Cave

The Postojna cave in Slovenia staged its traditional living nativity display creating the magic of Christmas in a nature-made setting that is one of the country's top tourist attractions.

The giant limestone cave which was formed over millions of years and was made famous in the early 19th century, is about 24 kilometres long, with more than 5 kilometres of path open to visitors, served by an underground train.

In a tradition started in 1989, the cave traditionally celebrates Christmas by hosting an elaborate series of living nativity scenes, complete with costumed performers and actors, and light and sound effects.

Every year the festivities evolve to become more elaborate and spectacular, and this year is no different, with some 150 performers acting out the entire biblical story of Christmas in 16 scenes set along the path.