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Saint Nicholas will be arriving in Brussels with a cheerful flourish on his ship

Saint Nicholas will be arriving in Brussels with a cheerful flourish on his ship

A few days before making his way down chimneys to bring presents to all the children who have been good, Saint Nicholas will be making a special appearance at the Port of Brussels this Friday 2 December.

The Patron Saint of children was more than happy to accept the invitation he received from the Brussels-Capital Region and is looking forward to coming to meet Brussels’ school children.

1,000 children aged between 5 and 8 have been invited to come with their school to the port to greet Saint Nicholas’ ship. In the morning, the children will be able to take part in a huge party, with entertainment, music and hot drinks. As soon as Saint Nicholas arrives, he will be welcomed in style by a crowd of impatient children and the Minister-President, Rudi Vervoort.

In a marquee decorated in his honour, he will then meet and spend some precious moments with each class. The party will come to an end with the inevitable distribution of all sorts of treats and goodies.

The activity, which was offered to all schools in the Brussels-Capital Region, attracted a great deal of interest. 16 schools (eight French and eight Dutch) from nine municipalities in Brussels will participate this Friday.

For those who do not know St. Nicolas…

St. Nicholas is celebrated in Belgium on 6th December. The main aim is to make it a day to remember for children. This tradition is also followed in several other European countries including the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany and northern France. The celebration may take different forms depending on the region: in Belgium, St. Nicholas generally comes down the chimney to reward good children with presents and sweets.

Timetable: 09:45 am: The children arrive
10:15 am: Arrival of St. Nicholas
10:45 am to 1:00 pm: Children get to meet St. Nicholas, handing of sweets and hot chocolate, activities for children aged 5 to 8
1:00 pm: St. Nicholas departs

Location:  Quai des Péniches – 1000 Bruxelles

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