Photo: Russ Mortensen

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Santa Rosa, California, USA

St. Nicholas Festival

The Saint Nicholas Festival has St. Nicholas visit following a time of children's crafts and family diner. The pastor begins the story of St. Nicholas and with special effects of thunder, fog and lightning, St. Nicholas appears to continue the story. The pastor asks questions about the vestments and other things related to St. Nicholas. When people leave the sanctuary they find their shoes, left in the narthex, are filled with "gold" and other goodies. Pictures are taken with St. Nicholas and further discussion and questions.