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6 weeks of festivities from late November 2024 to early January 2025

The Saint Nicholas festivities in Nancy

A special celebration weekend in December

The Saint Nicholas festivities in Nancy

From November 22, 2024 to January 5, 2025

The two high points of the winter season in eastern France are the Christmas Market in Strasbourg and the Saint Nicholas Festivities in Nancy!

Saint Nicholas is traditionally celebrated throughout Lorraine, but it’s in Nancy that the liveliest and most lavishfestivities take place. The official feast day of Saint Nicholas is 6 December, but the patron saint of Lorraine deserves more than just one day of celebration! The highlight of the festivities is the first weekend in December, when people flood the streets to enjoy two days of parades and processions, floats and music, and of course sweets and confectionery.

Enter the world of Saint Nicholas: the majestic Place Stanislas with its illuminated tree, Place de la Carrière with its big wheel and the pedestrian area and its lanterns. Take a break to enjoy a chocolate or gingerbread Saint Nicholas. Illuminations, artistic commissions and decorated windows transform the city into an open-air art gallery.

Every evening during the six weeks of festivities, a video mapping on the façade of the town hall retells the legend of the three children rescued by Saint Nicholas from the evil butcher.

The festivities also include Christmas Markets, known here as the villages of Saint-Nicholas, which boasts numerous artisanal stalls.

The rides at the Pépinière will be free all weekend, as well as entry to the museums of Nancy and the Greater Nancy Metropolis.

From November 22, 2024 to January 5, 2025

SPECIAL DEAL: don’t forget, public transport is free every weekend in the Greater Nancy Metropolis, and certain lines will be increased during the parade. Think about using the bus to get to the Saint Nicholas celebrations. Please note that some lines will be diverted during the parade, so work out your route on