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Links to St. Nicholas Societies & Organizations
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    Sint-Nicolaasgenootschap Vlaanderen

    Saint-Nicholas Society Flanders

    Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

    FLEMISH LANGUAGE SITE

    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.

  • Centro Studi Nicolaiani

    Center for Nicholas Studies

    Bari, Italy

    SITE IN ITALIAN, ENGLISH & RUSSIAN

    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.

  • Bündnis Nikolaus komm in unser Haus

    Alliance: Nicholas, come into our house

    Cologne, Germany

    GERMAN LANGUAGE SITE

    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.

  • Chlausezunft Updated!

    Egerkingen, Switzerland

    GERMAN LANGUAGE SITE

    Formed in 1998 to take responsibility for the St Nicholas tradition and customs in Egerkingen. The group organizes the St. Nicholas festival and more.

  • Confrérie Saint-Nicolas de Yutz

    Brotherhood of Saint-Nicolas of Yutz

    Yutz, Lorraine, France

    FRENCH LANGUAGE SITE

    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.

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    Nikolausaktion der Diözese Rottenburg-Stuttgart

    Nicholas Initiative of the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart

    Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Germany

    GERMAN LANGUAGE SITE

    Initiative to restore Bishop St. Nicholas in Germany; chocolate bishops, stickers and posters are made available for group distribution.

  • Sint Nicolaasgenootschap Nederland

    Saint Nicholas Society, the Netherlands

    Veldhoven, The Netherlands

    DUTCH LANGUAGE SITE

    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.

  • St. Nicholas Center

    Holland, Michigan USA

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE SITE

    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.

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    St. Nicholas Society ~ English Speaking

    Canterbury, England

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE SITE

    This society, like those on the Continent, works to increase interest, learning, and appreciation of the tradition of St Nicholas, especially in England.

  • St. Niklaus-Komitee Kägiswil Updated!

    Kägiswil, Canton Obwalden, Switzerland

    GERMAN LANGUAGE SITE

    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

  • St. Nikolaus Wohlen Updated!

    GERMAN LANGUAGE SITE

    Founded in 1941, the organization provides training for Nikolaus and Schmutzli and schedules over 200 family visits in Wohlen and Anglikon

  • Stitchting Vrienden van Sinterklaas Updated!

    Nieuw-Amsterdam

    The Netherlands

    DUTCH LANGUAGE SITE

    The foundation aims to preserve Sinterklaas heritage.

  • Vorfahrt für den Nikolaus

    Priority for Nicholas

    Diocese of Speyer & Trier
    Speyer, Germany
    Trier, Germany

    GERMAN LANGUAGE SITE

    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.

  • Nikolaus Aktion

    Malteaser
    Order of Malta

    Cologne, Germany

    GERMAN LANGUAGE SITE

    The Malteaser Nikolaus Aktion sponsors 170 operations with 2200 volunteers serving the elderly, lonely and those in need.

  • Sankt Niklausengesellschaft

    St. Claus Men's club

    Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland

    SITE IN GERMAN, ENGLISH, FRENCH & ITALIAN

    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.

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    Grupp ta’ l-Armar 6 ta’ Dicembru Siggiewi

    Siggiewi, Malta

    Site for the group responsible for the December festival street decorations. The site has photos of many aspects of the festival.

  • St. Niklausvereinigung

    St. Nicholas Association

    Buchs / Grabs, Switzerland

    GERMAN LANGUAGE SITE

    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.

  • Chlausengesellschaft

    Nicholas Organization

    Menzingen, Switzerland

    GERMAN LANGUAGE SITE

  • St. Niklaus-Gruppe Wil

    St. Nicholas Group Wil

    Wil, Switzerland

    GERMAN LANGUAGE SITE

    The group provides hundreds of St. Nicholas visits to homes, schools and churches in seven towns.

  • Schweizer Chlausenverzeichnis

    Swiss Saint Nicholas Society Sites

    Switzerland

    GERMAN LANGUAGE SITE

    Links to Saint Nicholas organizations in every part of Switzerland.

  • St. Nikolausgesellschaft der Stadt Zürich

    Zürich, Switzerland

    GERMAN LANGUAGE SITE

    For more than 50 years 120 Nicholases and Schmutzlis, with 280 other volunteers, carry on extensive charitiable 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.

Four St Nicholas organization presidents

AN INTERNATIONAL ST. NICHOLAS GATHERING:
Jim Rosenthal, St Nicholas Society UK/USA;
Guus Smits, Sint Nicolaasgenootschap Nederland;
Carol Myers, St. Nicholas Center, USA;
Lieven Dehandschutter, Sint-Nicolaasgenootschap Vlaanderen, Belgium,
meet together at an SNG-Vlaaderen reception in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, December 2003
Photo: Jan Wasmus

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