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Saint Nicolas celebrations in Nancy

From 24 November onwards, a joyful, magical atmosphere reigns over Nancy. Saint Nicolas, protector of Lorraine and children, has his own celebrations here. Leisurely strolls through the Saint-Nicolas markets, gourmet breaks over a delicious slice or two of gingerbread, illuminations in UNESCO-listed Place Stanislas…. up until 7 January 2024, the ducal city invites you to rediscover your inner child!

Rendezvous with Saint Nicolas

On the weekend of 9 and 10 December, Nancy’s heart beats to Saint Nicolas’ rhythm. A unique rendezvous to enjoy as a family! On Saturday, a Grand Parade consisting of floats, brass bands, colourful merry-go-rounds, and musicians and artists of all kinds wends its way through the streets as young and old alike look on in wonder. An opportunity to greet Saint Nicolas and get your hands on a few sweets along the way. Arrival at the magnificent Place Stanislas, voted France’s favourite monument and certainly one of the most beautiful squares in Europe!

Parade de la saint nicolas
Défilé de la Saint Nicolas
Défilé de la Saint-Nicolas
Défilé de la Saint Nicolas

Our holiday ideas for a magical Christmas in Nancy

Sound-and-Light Show in Place Stanislas

After nightfall, Place Stanislas’ façades come to life in an enchanting spectacle specially created for the Saint Nicolas Celebrations. The legend of the Patron Saint of Lorraine plays out on the sumptuous façade of Nancy’s town hall. Lose yourself in a poetic world as you watch a brilliantly colourful and resolutely modern video mapping show. A magical sound-and-light experience to share as a family up until early January.

Sons et Lumière de Saint Nicolas

Saint Nicolas’ villages

A good many markets are held throughout the city, their wooden chalets decorated with twinkling fairy lights. Located on Nancy’s emblematic squares, they’ll cast their spell over you and immerse you in the magic of the festive season celebrations. Have a ride on the merry-go-round at the Village de la Marmaille on Place de la Carrière, enjoy a traditional glass of mulled wine on Place Vaudémont, and fill up on Christmas present ideas on Place Charles III… delights for young and old alike!

Village gourmand Place Vaudémont
Village gourmand Place Vaudémont
Procession aux flambeaux
Procession aux flambeaux

The age-old torchlight procession

A few kilometres from Nancy, the Saint-Nicolas-de-Port Basilica is the setting for a centuries-old tradition. As night falls on Saturday 9 December, inhabitants and visitors from far away pace through the Basilica, their way lit only by their candles, and sing the song dedicated to Saint Nicolas. A tradition still very much alive as this year will mark the 777th torchlight procession. A unique, heart-warming experience.


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Nancy through the seasons

With its far-famed Place Stanislas, regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful squares, Nancy is well worth visiting whatever the time of year. Culture lovers will have a field day exploring its remarkable Art Nouveau heritage. During your getaway, pay a visit to some of the city’s many museums and wander the pathways running through Parc de la Pépinière, the ducal city’s green heart!

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