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.
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.
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 countriesRead more about St Nicholas' Day.
St Nicholas' Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Mon||Dec 6||2010||St Nicholas' Day||Observance|
|Tue||Dec 6||2011||St Nicholas' Day||Observance|
|Thu||Dec 6||2012||St Nicholas' Day||Observance|
|Fri||Dec 6||2013||St Nicholas' Day||Observance|
|Sat||Dec 6||2014||St Nicholas' Day||Observance|
|Sun||Dec 6||2015||St Nicholas' Day||Observance|
|Tue||Dec 6||2016||St Nicholas' Day||Observance|
|Wed||Dec 6||2017||St Nicholas' Day||Observance|
|Thu||Dec 6||2018||St Nicholas' Day||Observance|
|Fri||Dec 6||2019||St Nicholas' Day||Observance|
|Sun||Dec 6||2020||St Nicholas' Day||Observance|
Quick FactsSome churches in the United States recognize St Nicholas' Day as a feast day.
St Nicholas' Day 2016Tuesday, December 6, 2016
St Nicholas' Day 2017Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Name in other languages
|St Nicholas' Day||English|
|Día de San Nicolás||Spanish|
|יום ניקולס הקדוש||Hebrew|
|عيد القديس نيكولاس||Arabic|
|세인트 니콜라스의 날||Korean|
|Sankt Nikolaus dag||Norwegian|
- Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25, 2016, Observed: Monday, December 26, 2016
Other holidays in December 2016 in the United States
- Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day – Wednesday, December 7, 2016
- Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Thursday, December 8, 2016
- The Prophet's Birthday – Monday, December 12, 2016
- U.S. National Guard Birthday – Tuesday, December 13, 2016
- Pan American Aviation Day – Saturday, December 17, 2016
- Christmas Eve – Friday, December 23, 2016
- Christmas Eve – Saturday, December 24, 2016
- Chanukah/Hanukkah (first day) – Sunday, December 25, 2016
- Kwanzaa (until Jan 1) – Monday, December 26, 2016
- New Year's Eve – Friday, December 30, 2016
- New Year's Eve – Saturday, December 31, 2016