Each year Hahndorf kicks off the Christmas holiday season with a special visit from St Nick.
Who is this Saint Nicholas you ask?
Originally a Bishop in the 1600s then made a saint of children. The most famous story about St Nicholas tells how the custom of hanging up stockings to put presents in first started!
In some countries including Germany, St Nick became the ‘Christkind’ a golden-haired baby, with wings, who symbolises the newborn baby Jesus.
Click here to read about the upcoming Hahndorf Christmas Village and Christkindlmarkt.
In the US ‘Christkind’ was named ‘Kris Kringle’. Later, Dutch settlers in the USA took the old stories of St Nicholas with them and Kris Kringle and St Nicholas became ‘Sinterklaas’ or as we now say ‘Santa Claus’!
Many countries, especially ones in Europe, celebrate St. Nicholas’ Day on 6 December.
St Nicholas will visit the village of Hahndorf this year on Friday 6 December from 6:00pm at St Paul’s Church located at 10 Main Street Hahndorf.
St Nicholas himself will be spreading Christmas cheer to all, from 7:00pm at the St Nicholas Children’s Parade down Main Street and from 7:20pm the fun continues in Alec Johnston Park.
This year’s nominated charity is the Hahndorf CFS. There will be community carol singers performing all of the beloved Christmas carols alongside the Hahndorf Town Band.
For the kids, there will be a colouring-in competition from 7:00pm and a free gingerbread gift for all the children attending.
The St Paul’s Lutheran Church community will be hosting a free sausage sizzle to all those attending.
For the adults, enjoy free tea, coffee and cake served by the St Paul’s Church volunteers.