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Mikuláš - Eve of St. Nicholas

Published on December 03rd, 2015 in Entertainment

  • Eve of St. Nicholas, 1947 (photo courtesy of ČTK/Czech News Agency)

  • Czech Postcard, 1937 (Copyright © 2002-2014 St. Nicholas Center |

  • Celebration of St. Nicholas in elementary school, c. 1930's (photo courtesy of M.Sebel Archive,

  • Mikulaš parade, 1928 (photo courtesy of M.Sebel Archive,


Should you happen to pass a trio dressed as an angel, a devil and a saint Saturday night (December 5th), fear not. You’re not crazy, but simply happen to be in Prague on the eve of St. Nicholas – one of my personal favorite holidays.


The costumed trio visits small children (and large ones, like me), with the angel handing out sweets to children who have been good and the devil handing out coal and potatoes to those who have been bad – giving children a useful indication of what is to come on Christmas day! Should you happen to be in Prague with children during this time, ask your hotel concierge to arrange a visit for them. Yes, the trios are actually available for hire, and the hotel should be able to take care of this.