St Nicholas icon in the procession

St Nicholas icon in the procession

Photo: © Jon Pumpkin

St. Nicholas Festival Canterbury

Canterbury, Kent, England

City & Cathedral Saturday Festival

Begun in 2001, the Canterbury St Nicholas Festival quickly became an established part of city and cathedral life. The St Nicholas Society sponsors it together with the city and cathedral. This festival has been contagious—each year there are more St Nicholas celebrations in England. The society, founded by Canon Jim Rosenthal, seeks to revive St Nicholas customs.

Video from Canterbury, 2007
St Nicholas rides through the busy shopping district
St Nicholas walking the streets outside Christ Church gate
St Nicholas icon in the procession
The Dean of the Cathedral greets St Nicholas, welcome him to the Cathedral<br />The Archbishop of Canterbury, center, and other dignitaries are also present<br />The short ceremony includes a story, hymn, prayer, and a visit to the Cathedral Crib
St Nicholas distributes treats to cathedral choristers
St Nicholas leads dignitaries to the Christ Child in the Cathedral Crib before meeting children in the Cathedral Shop