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St. Nicholas Day

St Nicholas Day

St. Nicholas day is celebrated every year on December 6th. It commemorates the life of Saint Nicholas, a 4th-century Christian saint who was known for his generosity. According to legend, he once gave away all his possessions to help the poor and sick. The holiday is also known as the Feast of St. Nicholas or the Feast of Santa Claus. In many European countries, children leave their shoes out on December 5th in hopes that St. Nicholas will fill them with treats. In the Netherlands, Sinterklaas (as he is known there) arrives by steamboat from Spain every year on December 5th. He is accompanied by his helpers, who are called Black Petes or Zwarte Pieten. Children in the Netherlands celebrate by singing songs and eating sweets. On December 6th, they exchange presents and give each other cards. In Germany, children often put out a boot or shoe on St. Nicholas Eve in hopes that St. Nicholas will fill it with candy or nuts. The holiday is also celebrated in Greece, Russia, and many other countries around the world.

Enjoy this St Nicholas Day with our resources and have some fun with your loved ones!

Activity Ideas:

  • Find out who St Nicholas was with our fact sheet – here
  • Make your very own St Nick in the form of a handprint Santa – here
  • Challenge your knowledge with our Santa crossword – here