Wednesday, November 13, 2019 UTC


12th Annual (2019) St. Nicholas Market will be held at the Holshouser Building, N C State Fairgrounds, Friday Dec. 13, 5:00-9:00 pm, and Saturday Dec. 14, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. FREE admission and plenty of free parking.

The Annual St. Nicholas European Christmas Market features food, decorative items, vintage linens, and handmade gifts celebrating Christmas around the world. Do… See More

New this year for Market 2019! A Market Center with Christmas Tree and the REAL St. Nicholas, a Joyeux Noel table to celebrate Christmas in France, a “Bier Garten” atmosphere for our popular mulled wine, Fortnight Beers, and some new hard ciders, a Bäckerei (Bakery) filled with all your Market favorites including our nut rolls, and a “Wintergarten” for winter garden gifts. Don’t miss Market 2019, our 12th Annual St. Nicholas European Christmas Market, Friday Dec. 13 5-9 pm with grilled kielbasa and caroling and Saturday Dec. 14 10 am – 5 pm with The Little German Band and Dancers during our famous Slavic Lunch. Visit new and returning vendors and shop among the tables of gifts and collectibles from Ukraine, Poland, Czech/Slovakia, Scandinavia, Ireland, British Isles, Merry Christmas Papa, and Niche de Noel. Holshouser Bldg (the big round one) NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, FREE admission and plenty of free parking. Skip the mall but Don’t Miss The Market!

The 12th Annual St. Nicholas European Christmas Market is the perfect place for everyone on your Christmas list. Beautiful items to decorate your home, thoughtful and unique gifts from across Europe, stocking stuffers, teacher and hostess gifts, delicious Christmas baked goods from Baba’s Bakery, and specially selected European-themed vendors. You can skip the mall and the computer screen but don’t miss the “vintage vibe” at the Market where you can shop, eat, and enjoy the entertainment in the European Christmas Market tradition.

Our Story

If you can’t visit this Market in Germany, come visit us! What started out as a small fund raiser at our parish has grown into a very popular community event that attracts thousands of visitors from across the Triangle and beyond. Held on our parish grounds the first nine years, the Market outgrew our small parish!  This will be our third year at the Holshouser Building at the State Fairgrounds with free admission and plenty of free parking. We’ve even been featured in “Our State” magazine as a unique Christmas experience in North Carolina and on WRAL’s Out and About as a “must see”.  Our Annual St. Nicholas European Christmas Market features food, decorative items, vintage linens, and handmade gifts celebrating the true meaning of Christmas around the world. Done in the tradition of a European Christmas Market, shoppers can shop each country (Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, Germany, Scandinavia, France, and Ireland/British Isles) as well as our many popup vendors. Look for items like matryoshka dolls, Polish pottery, hand-carved Father Christmas and specialty items from Ukraine, Czech crystal, cashmere scarves from Scotland, German beer steins, Irish knit sweaters straight from Dublin, and tapestries and gnomes from Scandinavia – unique items you won’t find anywhere else that make treasured keepsakes or welcomed gifts. Friday evening features caroling and a visit from the real St. Nicholas and enjoy our hot, grilled, locally-made kielbasa. Enjoy a Slavic lunch while listening to the Little German Band on Saturday, followed by Irish step dancers, St. Nicholas, and other children’s activities. Take home delicious baked goods, dozens of piroghis, and pounds of kielbasa and enjoy Fortnight beers and traditional mulled wine and desserts throughout the market well.  Don’t miss the Market; let us be part of your holiday tradition. Our parish welcomes you and thanks you for your patronage.

Vendors Galore!

Chatham Hill Winery may be joining us for our St. Nicholas European Christmas Market this year on Dec. 7. What a great addition to the festivities!


Please mark your calendars for Upcoming Parish Events in October:

  1. Friday, November 8th – Teen and Young Adult Catechism – Topic-Defend Your Faith. From 6:30-8:30 pm. For any questions, please ask Travis Kingery at [email protected]
  2. Sunday, November 10th – after Divine Liturgy at 11:30 AM – MICHAELMAS CELEBRATION – 11:30 PM– SEE ATTACHED FLYER: hear ye hear ye your are hereby invited to attend a Michalemas Feast of St. Michael and All the Holy Angels
  3. Sunday, November 10th after liturgy, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm baking cookies in church hall for St. Nicholas Market.
  4. Sunday, November 10th from 2:00 – 7:00 PM – Altar Server Airsoft and Fellowship at the Shueys
  5. Monday, November 11th at 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Baking: Stollen in church hall for St. Nicholas Market. Please see Nancy Driscol for more details.
  6. Friday, November 15th from 6:30-9:00 PM – Family Dance Party
  7. Saturday, November 16th at 0800 AM – Cooking day: Cabbage and onions for halushki and pierogi in church hall for St. Nicholas Market.  Please see Michelle for more details.
  8. Sunday, November 17th, after Divine Liturgy – Parish meeting.  Topic will be building update.


NOV 8: DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00 AM; DEFEND THE FAITH CLASS – 6:30 PM. We celebrate the holy archangel Michael  on November 8th and all the angelic powers (“bodiless powers”) and recognize that God created the angels in advance of human beings, and that they have their own place in the divine plan. They serve as God’s messengers; help to protect us from evil; and intercede before God. Celebrate the Feast of St. Michael with “thanksgiving-like” foods.

In today’s Gospel, Luke 10:16-22, we read “Anyone who listens to you listens to me; anyone who rejects you rejects me. And those who reject me reject the one who has sent me”. Thus, the disciples identify themselves with Jesus in the total gift and in this gift is realized their encounter with God, and God allows himself to be found by those who seek him through Jesus.