For the past 9 years the city of Jesolo, which is across the bay from Venice, holds a sand castle statue exhibit during Christmas. The exhibit features life size statues of stores of the Nativity but it also includes other subjects, this year being Nelson Mandela, and scenes of workers from the Medieval era.
The exhibit is held through January and is in the center of Jesolo. There is no charge, and the only thing negative I could say about this exhibit is that the line is long to enter. The statues are crafted by internationally known sculptors and the life size statues are very beautiful. You can see this from the photos I have included below.
There is parking located 5 minutes away.
Hum....very disappointed by Lido di Jesolo. We chose to stay four days there after visiting Venice. But we found it to be a good resort for old ladies who like to walk by the seaside and browse tacky shops but otherwise quite boring.
All of the shops seems to be selling the same "made in China" plastic stuff and any other goods (clothes, watches, sunglasses) were of unknown brands and were very cheap looking. In the end, quite good for the wallet as you are not tempted to buy anything at all.
Same for the restaurants: lots of tourist traps (why would you go to Italy to eat a beacon sandwich or sausages with fries?) rather than good quality Italian restaurants. Only the Italian ice-creams / Gelato parlours were great. We ended up buying our own (local and yummy) food at the supermarket and cooking home.
We were surprised by the lack of children playgrounds. We ended up just taking our kids to the beach which is basically a very long stretch of sand surronded by hundreds of hotels. Sure the kids had a great time digging the sand on the beach, but we were a bit bored. The beach front is swamped by medium-sized hotels with lots and lots of chairs and parasols. Not very natural looking. No great snack bars or restaurants directly overlooking on the beach either.
All in all, we felt that the resort was too built-up and that natural beauty of the seashore had been destroyed. This meant lots of noise and traffic, including at night.
I don't think this is a good resort for nature lovers and/or people looking for a true Italian holiday. In fact, it could well have been located on the Spanish Costa Del Sole (equally built-up) that we would have not notice. There is an air of fakeness and cheapness that definitely put us off.