This saint is also celebrated in Merano and surroudings. He is also part of the Christmas Markets in this area.
Of course he also visits the villages of Merano and surroudings. Saint Nicholas is the protector of children and he visits children in the German speaking area, thus also in South Tyrol, on December 6. He is accompanied by Santa’s little helper and as counterpart to the devils which make their circles the day before.
In devotions the little ones, accompanied by their parents, commemorate Saint Nicholas. Afterwards they meet the real Saint Nicholas with his miter and they receive little presents.
According to a legend, also the original Saint Nicholas was really generous and donated money to people in need in order to prevent them from evil.