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Unesco

Place Stanislas, Place d’Alliance, Place de la Carrière : three squares, three works of art, three unique monuments which together are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau

The artistic movement Art Nouveau flourished in Nancy and across Europe from the late 19th century, its influence is particularly visible in Nancy architecture.

Nightlife

Nightlife

If you are searching for options for an evening out, you will always find what you are looking for in Nancy! Bars, restaurants, theatres, concerts, nightclubs, bowling…

Be charmed by Nancy

Be charmed by Nancy

Fairytale cobbled streets, elaborately decorated monuments, a village atmosphere in the centre city and the surrounds, Nancy’s personality always shines through.

Nature

Nature

Nancy is a surrounded by forest, green rolling hills and winding rivers. It is green and leafy, with a botanic culture.

Gastronomy

Gastronomy

Discover the flavours behind Lorraine’s reputation for quality produce, products and dining options. Why not tour the markets or take a cooking class?

Shopping

Shopping

Love to shop ? In Nancy you can shop ‘til you drop! From food to fashion, ornaments, art, world renowned glassware or souvenirs, you will always find what you are looking for!

Conventions

Conventions

Business events, conferences and conventions. Nancy has all the required assets, right in the heart of the city, to make your event world class.

Saint Nicholas' Day

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Saint Nicholas' Day

Saint-Nicolas in Nancy

The Saint-Nicholas Festival in Nancy
A 36-day festival from 24 November to 31 December
A weekend of events on 2 & 3 December 2017

Saint Nicholas Day is celebrated in France in Alsace, Lorraine and Northern Counties, and in Belgium, Germany, Holland and Austria. He is the protector of the weak and oppressed, as well as the patron saint of lawyers, seamen and school children. René II also named Saint Nicholas Patron Saint of Lorraine, a title which was confirmed by Pope Innocent X in 1657. On the calendar of saints’ days it is usually celebrated on 6 December in commemoration of his death. In fact the festivities, parades, ceremonies, processions are held during the first week in December whether or not the 6th falls in that week. Combining tradition and contemporary design, the “Fêtes de Saint-Nicolas” attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Nancy every year. The whole city commemorates the patron saint of Lorraine for a full 5 weeks.

Parade Saint Nicolas
Parade Saint Nicolas

The Saint-Nicholas weekend, taking place in the middle of the Fêtes, is a magical time with two days of free events open to the whole town. Lights, street performances and parades staged by groups from all over France and Europe, food villages, art markets, rides, games, concerts, a spectacular sound and light show, a grand procession, each year themed around a different period in Lorraine's history ... The magic is everywhere in Nancy!

The festivities also include a Christmas Market, known here as the village of Saint-Nicholas, which boasts numerous artisanal stalls.

Winter Saint-Nicholas video projection

New for 2017, the “Winter Rendez-vous Place Stanislas” video-projection  - an 8-minute show inviting the public to discover the legend of the three children every evening from 24 November 2017 to 7 January 2018.
- From Sunday to Thursday (outside of school holidays) at 6.15pm and 7.15pm
- Friday and Saturday and every evening during the school holidays (from 22/12 to 07/01) at 6.15pm, 7.15pm and 8.15pm
Exceptions: 24/11 start-time at the end of the opening circuit, 02/12 start-time at the end of the procession

Weekend of 2 - 3 December 2017

-All the weekend long, free shows, events, parades, ice skating and big wheel in Saint-Nicholas world
- Free entry to the city of Nancy’s museums with special scheduled events
- Free, fun rides on the little train in Saint-Nicholas world.
- Big parade of floats on the theme of the “Grand Festin” (Great Feast), Saturday 2 December, late afternoon
- Live music in the city's bars, restaurants and cultural venues on the evening of Saturday 2 December and festive night in the villages of Saint-Nicholas.

► Discover our Saint Nicholas weekend special offer

The Saint-Nicholas festivities continue after this magical weekend with the Petit Baz’art (artists’ Christmas market) on 9 and 10 December, the Waiters’ Race on Sunday 10 December, the Saint-Nicholas ‘boum’ party at NVRS Club on Saturday 16 December, the Advent Scenes Festival at MJC Bazin until 23 December, the villages of Saint Nicholas, the big wheel until 14 January and captivating sound and light shows every evening in Place Stanislas.

Petit Baz'art
Course des garçons de café
Petit Baz'art
Course des garçons de café
 
 
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