St. Nicholas 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 (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.
The official openig is held on December 6 at the Church of St Nicholas (7pm to 9pm)
SATURDAY DECEMBER 7:
at the College St-Michael from 10am:
* Handycrafts Market
* The St. Nicholas' way (funny route at the College square)
* Make-up workshop, storytelling Contemuse
* Chalet Soup,
* Sheeps / goats / Donkey ride
MARKET at the Notre-Dame and Ormeaux Square:
* Crafts Market (mugs on sale)
* Barbe and Sainte -Barbe (photo studio) - rue de Lausanne 21
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 from the terrasse of the cathedral.
After the speech, the Pontifical Mass of St. Nicholas is celebrated in the Cathedral at 6.30pm
SUNDAY DECEMBER 8:
Family day with a special program
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
Buses free of charge in zone 10 on Saturday. P+R Parking available at the entrances of the city.