Saint Nicholas in the United States, 2010

December 5th is traditionally the day for Saint Nicholas celebrations and this weekend there were many events organized by the Dutch-American community. Our calendar showed more than 20 public appearances by Saint Nick in the United States.

Of special note was the arrival of St. Nick in the Los Angeles harbor, organized by the Dutch School of Los Angeles. With help of the LA Harbor fire department St. Nick and his helpers arrived by boat to a huge crowd of children.

Below you’ll find a selection of photographs of those events this weekend; there are many more on our Facebook page.

Saint Nick in Los Angeles.

A big crowd of children waiting in Los Angeles. Photos courtesy of the Dutch School Los Angeles & Caroline Verhagen.

Saint Nick in North Carolina, in a celebration organized by Dutch Club De Wieken.

Chocolate letters and speculaas.

In Solana Beach, California, organized by the Dutch School San Diego, the San Diego Dutch Meetup group and the San Diego Belgian Meetup group. Photo courtesy of Tjitske Zitman.

Sinterklaas in New York city Friday night. Photo courtesy of; see more on their Facebook page.

Sinterklaas arriving in Virginia Beach, VA. Photo courtesy of Bas van Rijswijk.

Sinterklaas at the Dutch School in Boston, MA. Photo courtesy of

Saint Nicholas in Michigan. Photo courtesy of Michigan Cottage Cook, a blog about Dutch heritage information and interesting links to all things Dutch.


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