11/28/2011 11:22 am ET

Ice Sculpture of Nativity Scene Created in Graz, Austria By Gert J. Hoedl and Team

To mark the start of the Advent season, ice sculptor Gert J. Hoedl and his international team created a nativity scene made of ice, in Graz, Austria on Nov. 26, 2011. The nativity scene depicts the Virgin Mary cradling the baby Jesus, while Joseph looks on. The Three Kings are shown bearing gifts. Hoedl and his team have been doing this for this for the start of Advent every year since 1996, with variations in details, and claim it is the biggest one in the world.