Saint Nicholas'day in Nancy
2nd and 3rd 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.
In Nancy, St. Nicholas Day is a popular traditional feast day marked by live entertainment that thrills young and old alike. Floats and parades are designed in his honour, with a different theme each year based on the history of Lorraine.