St. Nicholas Festival!

Get ready for the fourth annual St. Nicholas Festival, Saturday, December 14, 2019! Meet St. Nicholas, whose gift giving started a legend that spread around the world. You can PRE-ORDER International Food and pick up on Friday, Dec 13!

- Ready-to-eat or Pre-Order International Food
- Story time with St. Nicholas
- Bouncy house and FREE kids' crafts
- Coffee and cocoa around the fire pit
- Shopping in the St. Nicholas marketplace
- Canned Food Drive for the Little Free Pantry
- Church tours and Vespers prayers at 5 PM
- FREE admittance


  • $10 - THE ST. NICHOLAS SAMPLER: Spanakopita, Nick's Salad, Emily's homemade Hummus with pita, sweet Halva, and Baklava
  • $7- INTERNATIONAL DINNER: ​2 Piroshki served with sour cream and dill, and Nick's Salad

Find answers to some FAQs below. 
Stay tuned for a FB event page!

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.

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 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; take what you need; give what you can. 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?
In our parish, some families open treats from St. Nicholas on his feast day (Dec. 6) and others on Christmas; some call him Santa Claus and some distinguish Santa and St. Nick as different people. 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.