Saint-Nicholas Society Flanders
The first of the St. Nicholas societies, it encourages initiatives centered on Saint Nicholas and the legends and popular customs surrounding him. The society's primary object is to study, preserve and restore the figure and customs of Saint Nicholas in Flanders and in the town of Sint-Niklaas in particular. It provides training for those wishing to be Sinterklaas—by providing background on the saint, how to talk with children, and information on managing the costume.
This institute in Bari, Italy, the home of St. Nicholas' tomb, carries out academic research and publication regarding St. Nicholas. It is part of the Domenican monastery at the Basilica di San Nicola.
Alliance: Nicholas, come into our house
Alliance formed by organizations and groups to 1) help families and children know who St. Nicholas is, 2) take the message to the larger public, and 3) support fair trade and equitable distribution of wealth.
Formed in 1998 to take responsibility for the St Nicholas tradition and customs in Egerkingen. The group organizes the St. Nicholas festival and more.
Brotherhood of Saint-Nicolas of Yutz
Yutz, Lorraine, France
Founded in 1650 as an aid association, now no longer giving loans, the organization continues its charitable tradition. The group organizes the annual Saint-Nicolas procession, holds a children's procession to transmit heritage, and proceeds from the St-Nicolas market stall are given to charity.
Nikolausaktion der Diözese Rottenburg-Stuttgart
Nicholas Initiative of the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart
Initiative to restore Bishop St. Nicholas in Germany; chocolate bishops, stickers and posters are made available for group distribution.
Saint Nicholas Society, the Netherlands
Veldhoven, The Netherlands
Sister society to the Flanders group, it pursues similar purposes, including training resources for Sinterklasses. Site is in Dutch, but still of interest to those who don't read Dutch.
Holland, Michigan USA
Comprehensive website with information and complete resources for families, churches and schools—really, everything about St. Nicholas. Display and activity kits available for loan to churches, schools and organizations. A museum-quality traveling exhibit is also available.
St. Nicholas Society ~ English Speaking
This society, like those on the Continent, works to increase interest, learning, and appreciation of the tradition of St Nicholas, especially in England.
Kägiswil, Canton Obwalden, Switzerland
The organization began in 1961, growing out of the local parish. It coordinates all events related to St. Nicholas—procession, home, hospital, care center visits and more
Wohlen, Canton Aargau, Switzerland
Founded in 1941, the organization provides training for Nikolaus and Schmutzli and schedules over 200 family visits in Wohlen and Anglikon
The foundation aims to preserve Sinterklaas heritage.
Priority for Nicholas
Diocese of Speyer & Trier
Organized under the auspices of the diocese, all day care centers, classrooms and other groups are invited to take a stand against excessive consumption. Resources are provided to assist groups with activities.
The Malteaser Nikolaus Aktion sponsors 170 operations with 2200 volunteers serving the elderly, lonely and those in need.
Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland
The club consists of over 1600 men who are responsible for the yearly parade. Club members charitable giving supports needy children and older people in the village.
Grupp ta’ l-Armar 6 ta’ Dicembru Siggiewi
Site for the group responsible for the December festival street decorations. The site has photos of many aspects of the festival.
St. Nicholas Association
Buchs / Grabs, Switzerland
The association has around 70 members who provide 200 home visits during the four days before St Nicholas Day. They provide training for new Niklausen and the town celebration ends with songs and stories in the church.
The group provides hundreds of St. Nicholas visits to homes, schools and churches in seven towns.
Founded in 1947, 100 Nicholases and Schmutzlis, together with many other volunteers and supporters carry on extensive charitable activity in the name of St. Nicholas of Myra. Over 20,000 gingerbreads are distributed at the annual parade and about 1200 visits are made. It is giving and loving without asking who or why. Their work extends throughout Switzerland and beyond, providing financial help and other assistance year around.
Links to Saint Nicholas organizations in every part of Switzerland.