Posted by: viewfromtheriva | December 7, 2009

St. Nicholas Day in Split, Santa comes to town

Sunday was St. Nikiola’s Day– a big day here.

For many centuries St. Nicholas has been the patron saint of many of Christendom’s followers–children, sailors, pawn brokers, the wrongly accused and more.  The many legends of the saint’s munificence (he used to leave a coin in the shoes of people who were destitute) gave rise to the contemporary “Santa Claus”.

Here in Split it marks the first real day of the getting into the Christmas spirit. The Riva was alive with festive booths selling everything from Dalmatian specialties to childrens books.   With sunny skies and mild temperatures, the Riva was like a day in August, literally thousands of people out promenading enjoying themselves.

Throughout the city there were bandstands set up for small performances by children–dancing, singing, welcoming Santa.  It was fun to watch young Croatian girls dancing to Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”  in English.  They were definitely having a blast.

Another great day in Split!

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The Riva is alive!

Girls just wanna have fun!

Santa comes to Split!


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