Home > Calendar > Holidays > the United States > St Nicholas' Day

St Nicholas' Day in the United States

St Nicholas' Day is an observance of European origin that is celebrated in some American communities on December 6.

Santa Claus bag full of Christmas presents with Christmas lights.
Gifts and treats for children on St Nicholas' Day.
Gifts and treats for children on St Nicholas' Day.
©iStockphoto.com/Dejan Ristovski

Celebrate St Nicholas' Day

Children in families who celebrate St Nicholas' Day receive treats - including candy, cookies, small toys, or fruit - in stockings, socks, shoes or bags on December 6. Some churches have special services dedicated to the feast of St Nicholas on this day.

Public Life

St Nicholas' Day is an observance and not a federal public holiday in the US.

About St Nicholas' Day

The legendary figure of St. Nicholas is derived from Nicholas of Myra who officiated as a bishop in 4th century Greece. During his lifetime he developed a reputation for gift-giving by putting coins into other people's shoes, which accounts for many of today's Christmas traditions that involve leaving gifts in shoes or boots.

Some Europeans who immigrated to the United States brought with them beliefs, customs and practices associated with St Nicholas' Day. It has been recorded that celebrations associated with the observance took place in cities such as New York in the early 1800s.

About St Nicholas' Day in other countries

Read more about St Nicholas' Day.

St Nicholas' Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
MonDec 62010St Nicholas' DayObservance 
TueDec 62011St Nicholas' DayObservance 
ThuDec 62012St Nicholas' DayObservance 
FriDec 62013St Nicholas' DayObservance 
SatDec 62014St Nicholas' DayObservance 
SunDec 62015St Nicholas' DayObservance 
TueDec 62016St Nicholas' DayObservance 
WedDec 62017St Nicholas' DayObservance 
ThuDec 62018St Nicholas' DayObservance 
FriDec 62019St Nicholas' DayObservance 
SunDec 62020St Nicholas' DayObservance 

Quick Facts

Some churches in the United States recognize St Nicholas' Day as a feast day.

St Nicholas' Day 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

St Nicholas' Day 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Advertising

Name in other languages

NameLanguage
St Nicholas' DayEnglish
Día de San NicolásSpanish
יום ניקולס הקדושHebrew
عيد القديس نيكولاسArabic
세인트 니콜라스의 날Korean
Sankt Nikolaus dagNorwegian
NikolaustagGerman

List of dates for other years

Related holiday

  • Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25, 2016, Observed: Monday, December 26, 2016

Other holidays in December 2016 in the United States

Fun Holidays on December 6, 2016

You might also like

2016 Geminids Meteor Shower

The Geminids meteor shower can be seen from December 4-17. In 2016, the shower will reach its maximum around December 13. Find out where, when and how you can see it. more

Perseid Meteor Shower

The 2016 Perseid meteor shower will peak on August 12 and 13. A waxing gibbous Moon will make it harder for observers to watch the meteor shower. more

What is a Black Moon?

It can be the 3rd New Moon in a season of 4 New Moons or the second New Moon in a calendar month. The next Black Moon is in October 2016. more