The Manger Project is a one-of-a-kind Christmas tradition that helps families focus on the true meaning of Christmas while building a wooden manger. This hands-on experience gives families a chance to teach kids about hard work, perseverance, and most importantly, why the manger (God coming to earth as a baby) is so important to our faith. It’s a fun way for families to go on a journey to the manger and together see the birth of Christ with fresh eyes.

This year we are inviting all people in all walks of life, not just for families!  We are also opening this event up to all of Chiang Mai and surrounding areas. 

The beauty of The Manger Project is that during this unique time of social distancing, it can be done anytime and anywhere. We have a few different options for you – Join us in person at ISDSI (link to location)  on December 4th any time between 6pm and 8pm to assemble the manger and enjoy our hot chocolate and Christmas cookies. Or pick-up a kit at Raintree (link to location) on December 5th any time between 1pm and 3pm and assemble the manger at home as a part of your Advent celebration at a time that works for your family!

Service Project: As a fun way to continue sharing the hope, joy, and generosity of Christmas with others, we would love for this to also be a service project. During the month while your manger is sitting in front of the tree, we encourage your family to pick another family, neighbor, or organization (pregnancy center, homeless shelter, humane society, food pantry, etc.) who is in need, and bless them by filling the manger with some items that they may need. During the week of Christmas, take the filled manger (aka gift basket) and the advent booklet with you to bless them! 

The Manger Project has a 600 baht registration fee (life-size manger kit) or 250 baht registration fee (small manger kit) to help cover the cost of the materials.

Here is what comes in your kit:

  • Manger materials (wood, nails and straw)
  • Assembly instructions
  • “Eli the Donkey”  advent activity book

We ask that everyone follow social distance guidelines and wear their masks.  Bring your hammer, friends, neighbors, your spouse and kids, and let your heart be captured by the wonder of the lowly manger.

To make sure there is a manger kit available for you please

register using the link below by Friday, November 26th.  

All manger kits must be payed for before the event. 


We cannot wait to celebrate this special time of the year with you and your family!