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Saint Nicholas

Dates and timetable

From 4 Dec 2020 to 6 Dec 2020

Fribourg Tourisme et Région
Place Jean-Tinguely 1
Case postale 1120
1700 Fribourg

+41 26 350 11 11

www.fribourgtourisme.ch

Every year during the first weekend of December, the city of Fribourg honours its patron saint, St. Nicholas, with a special celebration.

In Fribourg, the celebration of St. Nicholas is firmly rooted in tradition. During the afternoon, St. Nicholas is riding through the streets on a donkey and waving to the crowd; his accompanying bogeymen hand out sweets to the children. At the end of his route, the saint holds a speech by highlighting the critical incidents of the past year. There is always a market where traditional pastries and crafts are sold. St. Nicholas was the fourth Century Bishop of Myra (nowadays in actual Turkey) and was distinguished by his charity. He is considered to be the patron of sailors and children as well as one of the most popular saints in the Orient and Occident. Furthermore, he is the patron of the city and the canton of Fribourg.

ACTIVITIES DURING the SAINT NICHOLAS EVENT:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4:
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Official openig at the Chruch of St Nicholas (7pm to 9pm)


SATURDAY DECEMBER 5:
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at the College St-Michaele from 10am:
* Handycrafts Market
* The St. Nicholas' Garden (funny route at the College square)
* Make-up workshop, storytelling Contemuse
* Chalet Soup
* Sheeps / goats
* Donkey ride
* Puppets theater
* Music/Concerts


MARKET at the Notre-Dame and Ormeaux Square (8am-7pm):
* Crafts Market (mugs on sale)
* Carousels
* Barbe & Sainte Barbe - Foto studio (rue Lausanne 21)

LES RENDEZ-VOUS MUSICAUX

6.30pm Pontifical MASS of St. Nicholas at the Cathedral

PARADE:
The parade start officialy at 5 pm.
The route: St. Michael's College - Rue de Romont - Rue de Lausanne - Rue du Pont Muré - stop at the St. Nicholas Cathedral - back to Rue de Lausanne and Rue St-Michel

The speech of St. Nicholas to the "children" of Fribourg is held on the terrasse of the cathedral.


SUNDAY DECEMBER 6:
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Familiy day at the Bourg district with 20 proposed activities between 10am to 6pm

On Saturday the Bourg is closed to traffic from 7am.

On Sunday the rue Pierre-Aeby will be partially closed to traffic between 10am to 6pm

Parking proposition:
Parking Belle-Croix (Coop Fribourg-Sud, Villars-sur-Glâne, P+R Corbaroche (Marly), P+R La Grange (Platy, Villars-sur-Glâne), P+R Heitera (Schoenberg, Fribourg) and P+R St-Léonard (Fribourg).

Dates and timetable

From 4 Dec 2020 to 6 Dec 2020

Fribourg Tourisme et Région
Place Jean-Tinguely 1
Case postale 1120
1700 Fribourg

+41 26 350 11 11

www.fribourgtourisme.ch

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