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St. Nicholas Celebration

For nothing in the world the Fribourgeois would miss this celebration so important to them and rooted in their hearts. Take part in these festivities on the first weekend of December and experience the traditions of the city of Fribourg! Procession, market, entertainment for children, concerts, distribution of biscuits and speeches from the balcony of the Cathedral are at the rendezvous!
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 (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)


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
* Music/Concerts

CANCELLED - MARKET at the Notre-Dame and Ormeaux Square:
* Crafts Market (mugs on sale)
* Carousels
* 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

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.