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St. Nicholas Events in Cities and Towns in the Chicago Area

                      

                               Photo of Terry Lynch as St. Nicholas courtesy Histories for Kids

Without Saint Nicholas there never would have been a Santa Claus.
Saint Nicholas, also called Nikolaos of Myra, was a historic 4th-century saint and Greek Bishop of Myra in Lycia. Santa Claus, the American version of St. Nicholas originated with Clement Clarke Moore’s 1823 poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” better know as “The Night Before Christmas”. The following events portray the real-life St. Nicholas in a more truthful way and celebrate the actual saint rather then the fictional Santa Claus we have come to know.

 

Berwyn

Santa Visits Homes in Berwyn on St. Nicholas Day
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Sponsor: Berwyn Park District
Freedom Administration Office
3701 S. Scoville
Berwyn, IL 60402
www.berwynparks.org
For additional information: (708) 788-1701
Limited to: Berwyn Residents only
Pre-registration required - registration ends November 26th
Cost: $25 per household, minimum 6 children, maximum 20 people
St. Nicholas, or Santa as he is now known will be coming by homes in Berwyn on St. Nick's Day sometime between six and eight o’clock in the evening. He will have something special for the kids, a St. Nick’s Stocking for each child. Be sure you are home from six to eight pm.

Chicago                                                                                                                                   

Sinterklaas Visits Chicago
Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Time: 11am - 3 pm
The Dutch Club of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60613
www.dutchclubchicago.com/events                                                                    Cost: Sinterklaas tickets are available through Eventbrite.
The Dutch Club of Chicago and Tul(i)p School celebrate a visit by Sinterklaas every year in early December, close to Saint Nicholas Day. Sinterklaasis is the Dutch version of Saint Nicholas—or Sint Nikolaas—who became known as Santa Claus in America. This year the event will be on December 3rd. The children all have a chance to meet and talk with Sinterklaasis. After he leaves they get to open their presents. This traditional celebration includes Sinterklaas songs, the making of paper bishop miters and plenty of Dutch treats. Note for the exact information and location for on this event check with Sinterklaas Chicago 2017.

                                             Photo courtesy The Netherlands Club of Chicago

 

Saint Nicholas Visits in Chicago
Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Time: T/B/A
St. James Episcopal Cathedral
65 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
www.saintjamescathedral.org                                                                                               (312) 787-7360                                                                                                           Cost: FREE ST. NICHOLAS EVENT
Every year parishioners arrive on the Sunday closest to Saint Nicholas Day—in 2016 December 4th. The shoes of children are left in the narthex, an antechamber at the entrance of the church. At the end of the service, St. Nicholas proceeds to the front throwing candy along the way. When the little ones find their shoes, surprise! They have been filled with Candy. Click on this link for additional information.


Photo courtesy St. James Cathedral

Elmhurst

Jolly Old St. Nicholas in Elmhurst                                                               Friday, December 4th, 2015                                                                                  Time: 7pm
Buik Recital Hall in Irion Hall, Elmhurst College
190 Prospect Ave.
Elmhurst, Ill. 60302
www.elmhursthistory.org
www.historiesforkids.com
For additional information: (630) 833-1457
Cost: FREE ST. NICHOLAS EVENT
The Elmhurst Historical Museums invites you to celebrate St. Nicholas Day and our area’s German roots! Now in its 79th year, Elmhurst’s own Damenchor or Women’s Chorus will perform German carols, and the audience can join in on a sing-along. Then St. Nicholas will reveals the joyful holiday stories and traditions that have grown up around this 4th century bishop. Snap a picture with St. Nick— the jolly fellow will be available for photo ops. Hot cocoa and sweet treats will be provided. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas.

                                      

                                                                       Saint Nicholas

Frankfort

Christkindl Lantern Parade with St. Nicholas
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Time: 5pm
Frankfurt Area Historical Society Museum
132 Kansas Street                                                                                                             Frankfort, IL 60423                                                                                                   Cost: FREE ST. NICHOLAS EVENT                                                                       http://shophistoricfrankfort.com/Events                                                                               The parade lines up at 4:45pm at the Frankfurt Area Historical Society Museum on Kansas Street where St. Nicholas will lead the march through downtown Frankfort.

                                    
                                          Photo courtesy Frankfort Historic Business Association

Geneva

Father Christmas Reveals The Legend of St. Nicholas                                Saturday, December 16th, 2017                                                                                 Time: 9:30am                                                                                                                 Event at: The Little Traveler                                                                                          4040 S. 3rd Street
Geneva, IL 60134
www.historiesforkids.com
For additional information: (630) 232-4200
Cost: Check with The Little Traveler
Father Christmas will be at The Little Traveler to tell holiday stories. Terry Lynch, dressed as Saint Nicholas or as he is more widely known—Father Christmas—reveals the joyful holiday stories and traditions that have grown up around this 4th century bishop. Explained are the ancient rituals that have been handed down through different cultures, and incorporated into the holiday season as we know it today. You’ll enjoy stories of St. Nicholas, the protector of children throughout the ages.  Also, learn about the origins of St. Nicholas characters in different countries, popular Christmas symbols and worldwide Christmas traditions.

Glen Ellyn

Saint Nicholas Visits St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn
Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Time: 10:15am
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
22W415 Butterfield Road
Glen Ellyn, IL  60137
(630) 469-1394
http://www.saint-barnabas.net%C2%A0                                                                            Cost: FREE ST. NICHOLAS EVENT
Every year on or near the Feast Day of Saint Nicholas, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church celebrates by having one of their senior members visit as St. Nicholas. He puts on the bishop’s vestments and the children who have been receiving religious instruction, have to correctly name each vestment. They assist him in dressing while at the same time trying to remember the correct vestment names. When he is finished he reads them life of St. Nicholas. Each child then comes up to St. Nicholas who then reads a personal letter, which has been furnished by a parent or family member. The letters covers the events in life of the child for the previous year, with plenty of love and praise and perhaps a mild rebuke if something needs to be corrected. Before leaving, they receive a small gift from St. Nicholas.

        

                                                     Photo courtesy St. Barnabas                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Joliet

Father Christmas Reveals The Legend of St. Nicholas
Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Time: 6 pm
Sponsor: St. Joseph's Catholic Church                                                                            416 N. Chicago Street                                                                                                      Joliet, IL 60432                                                                                                               Cost: T/B/A
St. Nicholas, or Santa as he is now known will be coming by homes in Berwyn on St. Nick's Day sometime between six and eight o’clock in the evening. He will have something special for the kids, a St. Nick’s Stocking for each child. Be sure you are home from six to eight pm. You’ll enjoy stories of St. Nicholas, the protector of children throughout the ages. Also, learn about the origins of St. Nicholas characters in different countries, popular Christmas symbols and worldwide Christmas traditions.

Streamwood

Saint Nicholas Night in Streamwood
Monday, December 1st, 2014
Time: 7 pm to 8 pm
Hoosier Grove Museum
700 W. Irving Park Road
Streamwood, IL 60107                                                                                                      (630) 483-3132                                                                                http://www.spdcares.com
Saint Nicholas Night is an event with a long tradition. This evening features a sing-along with a folk musician. Also, don’t be too surprised if old St. Nick himself doesn’t show up. Each child will receive a goodie bag.

 

 

 

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