Saint Nicholas was a Turkish cardinal in the 14th century who was known for his kindness to children. His feast day is celebrated on December 6.

Why celebrate St. Nicholas Day

  • To learn about the true Santa Claus and Father Christmas: St. Nicholas, a man of faith who lived his life in devotion to Christ
  • To focus on giving more than receiving: St. Nicholas cared for the needy
  • To emphasize small treats and family fun: St. Nicholas loved children and simple gift-giving in early Advent helps preserve a Christmas Day focus on the Christ Child
  • To provide a bit of special festivity early in the waiting weeks of Advent: St. Nicholas points to Jesus, the heart of Christmas
  • To offer a spiritual dimension to gift giving
    To tell the story of a Christian saint, whose model life inspires compassion and charity
  • To honor St. Nicholas honors the Christ Child who selflessly gave the greatest gift of all—himself

Come to a St. Nicholas Day Celebration

Join us at St. Patrick for a St. Nicholas celebration! All are welcome. Bring a friend, a neighbor, your cousin— no RSVP necessary.


Learn more about St. Nicholas.