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St. Nicholas processions

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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

Flüeli-Ranft

Friday, 22 November 2019 at 7.45 p.m.

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

Kerns

Saturday, 23 November 2019 at 8 p.m.

Route: school – Dorfplatz – church – school

Giswil

Friday, 29 November 2019 at 7.30 p.m.

Route: restaurant träumli – school

Kägiswil

Saturday, 30 Novmeber 2019 at 7 p.m.

Route: Kreuzstrasse – village – school

Sachseln

Sunday, 29 November 2019 at 7 p.m.

Route: Bahnhofplatz – Pilatusstrasse – Dorfplatz – Dorfstrasse

Alpnach/Schoried

Sunday, 1 December 2019 at 7 p.m.

Route: Schoried – village – school

Sarnen

Thursday, 6 December 2019 at 7.30 p.m.

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

Stalden

Saturday, 7 December 2019 at 8 p.m.

Route: school – village – Landgasthof Rössli

Lungern

Sunday, 8 December 2019 at 2 p.m.

Route: old church tower – church