St. Nicholas Festival!

St. Nicholas Festival, December 11, 2021, Greek food, Auction

Meet St. Nicholas, the gift giver behind the legend that spread around the world. 
The 5th annual St. Nicholas Festival is Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 11-4 PM.

  • International Food: Greek, Russian, and Arabic food
  • St. Nicholas Auction Fundraiser (begins Thanksgiving!)
  • Story time with St. Nicholas (12 and 2 PM)
  • FREE kids' Christmas crafts
  • FREE Bouncy house and face painting
  • Dessert Auction! (ends at 2 PM!)
  • Coffee and cocoa around the fire pit
  • Craft Bazaar in the St. Nicholas marketplace
  • Church tours with Byzantine Iconography
  • Vespers prayers (4-4:45 PM)
  • Winter Clothing Drive for the Jackson Foster Parents Association
  • FREE admittance, suggested donation of children's winter supplies

Winter Supply Drive at the St Nicholas Festival!
Please help us provide essentials to Jackson's little ones.

Only accepting new or gently used kids items:
  • sweater and coats
  • hats and beanies
  • scarves and gloves
  • hand warmers
  • socks
  • boots
  • blankets
  • umbrellas
  • PPE
-Please label any bag/box with what is inside

1. Why do you have an International Menu?
The Orthodox Church is a global church, organized into national jurisdictions, such as the Greek Orthodox Church or the Russian Orthodox Church. St. Nicholas is part of the ancient church of Antioch, where "they were first called Christians." (Acts 11:26) Because the U.S. is still a relatively young country, we do not yet have an American jurisdiction; and so you'll find Greek, Russian, Antiochian and other Orthodox churches begun by immigrants and missionaries. St. Nicholas is the only Orthodox Church between Memphis and Nashville, so our parish is made of Orthodox families of many nationalities and heritages. This is a common in the U.S. as we work toward building an American Orthodox Church. In the meantime, it creates a diverse community built around a common, ancient Christian faith. And it means a lot of great food! Our International Menu reflects various heritages present in our parish.

​• The GREEK spanakopita and baklava are both made from phyllo dough provided by the owners of Grecian Family Restaurant in Lexington! Spanakopita is made with spinach and feta, and baklava is a sweet, non-dairy dessert. Don’t miss Nick’s Greek salad, tossed fresh by Nick himself with oil and spices.

• Our RUSSIAN piroshki are made with beef and dill from Elaine’s grandma's recipe, served with sour cream. Masha's yummy beet salad with potato, beets, and cilantro, is a delight to the mouth and eyes!

• Freshly-made JORDANIAN hummus is better than anything you can buy in stores. If you haven't had it made from scratch, you have to try Emily's!

2. How much does it cost?
Admission is FREE, however, there is a suggested donation of 1 CANNED GOOD per person. The food drive will support our Little Free Pantry. Admission gives you access to story time with St. Nicholas, church tours, the fire pit, bouncy house, and free kids' crafts and activities. Inside you can shop in the St. Nicholas Marketplace or order from our International Menu. 

3. What is the Little Free Pantry?
The Little Free Pantry (LFP) is a little pantry located in our parking lot across from the mailbox. The LFP is an extension of St. Brigid's Food Pantry, and is intended to address food insecurity and develop community among our neighbors. We stock it with non-perishable food and toiletry items for anyone with a need, as well as after school snacks and fun treats for our neighborhood kids. While the parish at St. Nicholas maintains the LFP, anyone is welcome to stock or take items from the pantry. In the spirit of both St. Brigid's hospitality and St. Nicholas’ secret generosity, we invite you to participate with us in this effort.

4. My kids love Santa Claus. Will learning about St. Nicholas confuse them?
At our festival, we respect all the varied ways that people celebrate, and we don't want to ruin anyone's fun! Our St. Nicholas is a friendly, gift-giving storyteller, who will emphasize the kindness and generosity of the historical St. Nicholas. He'll tell stories about the origin of Christmas stockings, as well boats, famines, and miracles! He probably won't mention the North Pole or reindeer, but you can trust him to be discreet when speaking to children.