HO HO HO
From Saint Nicholas to Santa Claus
6 Nov. 2021 – 13 Feb. 2022
O come all ye faithful to the Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel (Toy Worlds Museum Basle): every year, in the Advent season, the museum spruces itself up with Christmassy display windows, a redesigned shop and a glittering Christmas show. The 2021 exhibition puts the spotlight on Saint Nicholas and his evolution into characters such as Santa Claus.
The exhibition presents Saint Nicholas in various shapes and hues. Some of his clothes are reminiscent of his early days as bishop of Myra; sometimes he is dressed in a green, brown or blue coat trimmed with white fur, as befits Ded Moroz in Russia. The show features Victorian Christmas decoration with Santas arriving in hot-air balloons or zeppelins, as well as candy containers full of sweet secrets. Our young visitors are invited to record a poem for Saint Nicholas (or père Noël, Weihnachtsmann, Santa …) and make it a part of the exhibition. They will get a colouring and puzzle book. On 6 December, Santiglaus himself pays a visit to our young visitors!
The exhibition is trilingual (German, English, French). It opens on 6 November 2021, one month before St Nicholas’ Day, and closes on 13 February 2022. The temporal proximity to Valentine’s Day is not a coincidence, since Saint Nicholas is also considered the patron saint of lovers.
A bagful of Christmas events
27/28 November 2021
4/5 & 11/12 December 2021
Decorate sweet gifts from Santiglaus in the Christmas bakery!
St. Nikolaus, Sanitglaus, Santa Claus and Basel
Thursday, 18 November 2021, 7 pm
Gottfried Keller’s lecture on the historical figure of Saint Nicholas and his tradition in Basel.
Admission: CHF 7.–
Venue: Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel
Sunday, 28 November 2021, 11 am
The Christmas classic “Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel” on the big screen. (in German)
Admission: free tickets can be obtained at the cinema upon presentation of a ticket from the museum
Location: Stadtkino Basel
Cancelled due to the decisions of the Swiss Federal Council!
A visit from Santiglaus Monday, 6 December 2021, 1–5 pm Saint Nicholas pops in on 6 December. He can’t wait for your poems and has a small gift for everyone.
the world of the Museum
A mecca for gift hunters and collectors
The Boutique at the Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel (Toy Worlds Museum Basle) offers everything that hearts young and old could desire. Here you will find a variety of gifts to satisfy every want, large or small. There are lucky finds for collectors and a range of unique and joy-bringing gifts.
Ristorante La Sosta
The Ristorante La Sosta in the Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel (Toy Worlds Museum Basle) is open daily to sate appetites great and small – with warm meals served all day. Seasonal and fresh menus, light snacks, fine sweets, enticing desserts, and cool drinks will transform every visit and break into an enjoyable experience. Outside or inside.