St. Nicholas processions


December 6 is St. Nicholas' Day (Samichlaus or Samiglais in German-speaking Switzerland). For many children and families, the visit by Santa Claus is a key event in Adventtide, the run-up to Christmas.

Santa Claus wears a red coat and hood and sports a long white beard. He's accompanied by a sidekick called the Schmutzli, wearing dark clothes. They both arrive on the evening of 6 December, visiting children at home and in kindergartens to distribute walnuts, tangerines, gingerbread and other treats which they keep in a sack. The children practise special Santa Claus sayings for this day, which they then recite and are rewarded with the contents of the sack. The Schmutzli also carries a rod to punish any naughty children, but this is almost never used.

In the past, children were threatened with being taken to the forest in Santa Claus's sack if they were disobedient. Today, however, he's regarded as a nice old man who brings gifts.

Dates of the processions


Friday, 22 November 2024

Route: multi-purpose hall – Flüeliplatz – multi-purpose hall


Saturday, 23 November 2024 at 8 p.m.

Route: school – Dorfplatz – church – school


Friday, 29 November 2024 at 7.30 p.m.

Route: restaurant träumli – school


Saturday, 30 November 2024 at 7 p.m.

Route: Schulhausstrasse – village – Gemeindehaus


Sunday, 1st December 2024 at 7 p.m.

Route: Schoried – roundabout coop - garage schlieren– school


Friday, 1st December 20234 at 7.30 p.m.

Route:  Pilatusbahn - Chälengasse - Brünigstrasse - Pilatusbahn


Friday, 29 November 2024 at 7 p.m.

Route: Bahnhofplatz – Pilatusstrasse – Dorfplatz – Dorfstrasse


Wednesday, 6 December 2024 at 7.30 p.m.

Route: school– Hotel Krone – Lindenstrasse – station – Dorfplatz


Sunday, 8 December 2024 at 1.30 p.m.

Route: old church tower – church


Friday, 1st December 2023 at 7.30 p.m.

Route: sawmill- widderhuis