When a church is named Saint Nicholas, its parishioners have a special calling.
St. Nicholas Church, 806 Ridge Ave., was established by German-speaking immigrants from Luxembourg 132 years ago. They chose Nicholas as their patron saint and the namesake of the church. St. Nicholas is the saint of all in need – a long list that includes sailors, students, merchants and prisoners, to name just a few. But he is most acknowledged as the patron and protector of children.
St. Nicholas Parish celebrates on the first weekend of December each year; this year, the fest will be held on Dec. 6, 7 and 8.
St. Nicholas himself will visit the church at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 and tell stories of the real Bishop Nicholas to children and families. After the stories, visitors will go outside to light the Christmas tree, while huge bronze bells, installed in 1906, will peal from the tower announcing the Feast Day of St. Nicholas. On Dec. 7 and 8, the church grounds turn into a wonderland of Christmas trees, crafts and music. The Craft Fair, 8-4 on Dec. 7 and 10- 3 on Dec. 8, offers an opportunity to purchase beautiful, unique gifts for adults and children.
Seventy fine crafters will have tables in two locations, selling quality gift items: jewelry, knitwear, wooden bowls, pottery and more. All crafts are local and home-made. Delicious Mexican food and hot drinks will be available for shoppers. Visits from Santa will happen throughout the day.
A forest of 500 trees will arrive from family farms in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and northern Wisconsin for the Christmas tree sale. These Fraser firs, balsams and Scotch pines are fresh and fragrant, cut only days before they arrive.
Trees and greens can be ordered ahead or purchased directly on the church grounds. Delivery is offered within the Evanston/Skokie area.