St. Nicholas arrives by sleigh

St. Nicholas arrives by sleigh

Photos: National Park Hutsul

National Park Hutsulshchyna

Pistyn, Ukraine

Christmas & New Year St. Nicholas Festival

The "Manor of St. Nicholas" in national park Hutsulshchyna hosts St. Nicholas activities throughout the season. The largest one attracts 14,500 visitors in one day. There are competitions for Christmas costumes, fairy tale characters, vocal, dance, instrumental, and folk art groups. The winners receive a certificate and gift. All participants are given sweet gifts. Many regional officials participate—as workers and attendees.

In addition there are events for families with four or more children who receive sweet gifts from St. Nicholas so everyone knows St. Nicholas remembers everyone. The children read poems, sing songs, and express gratitude to the good saint.

Over 25,000 letters to St. Nicholas come to the Manor House. All receive replies and when there is need connections to charities so no child is forgotten.
St. Nicholas arrives by sleigh
Manor of St. Nicholas
St. Nicholas with angel helpers
Greetings and photo opps for all ages
Children participate and hold sweet gifts received
Cheese horses exhibit, other exhibits include wool blankets and woodworking