Different kinds of festivals celebrate St. Nicholas.
Postcard: Monica Maas, the Netherlands
St Nicholas Center Collection
St Nicholas in Canterbury Cathedral, England
St Nicholas Festival, St Nicholas Society
Photo: Robert Berry, Outlook
In November many cities and villages hold parades marking St. Nicholas' arrival for the season. Amsterdam is a well-known example of a Sinterklaas' arrival parade.
St. Nicholas' Eve and Day are observed in various ways, often smaller and family centered.
Sinterklaas Entry ~ Amsterdam, the Netherlands
MID-NOVEMBER, Sunday the 17th in 2013
Sinterklaas Official Entry, the Netherlands
MID-NOVEMBER, Saturday the 16th, 2013, in Groningen
St. Nicholas Day ~ DECEMBER 6TH
Or December 19 on the Julian Calendar
Festival of the Translation of the Relics ~ Bari, Italy
MAY 7, 8, and 9
Patronal Festival of Saint Nicolas ~ Saint-Nicolas-de-Port, France
WHIT MONDAY (the Monday after Pentecost)
Name Day Celebration —St. Nicholas
Name days are widely celebrated in Europe
Saintly and Generous: Saint Nicholas and the Low Countries
How Sinterklaas traditions developed