St. Nicholas Festivals
Examples from around the world
In November many Dutch 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/or Day are observed in various ways, often smaller and family centered.
Each year in May, Bari, Italy, hosts a huge religious folk festival to commemorate the bringing of St. Nicholas’ remains to Bari from Myra. This important festival of the Translation of the Relics is one-of-a-kind.
St. Nicholas is patron of many things and places. Nowhere is he more beloved than in the Lorraine region of France, where St.-Nicolas-de-Port has a splendid patronal festival.
Sinterklaas Official Entry, the Netherlands
MID-NOVEMBER, Saturday the 13th, 2021, location not yet announced
Sinterklaas Entry ~ Amsterdam, the Netherlands
MID-NOVEMBER, Sunday the 14th in 2021
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)
In another section
How Sinterklaas traditions developed