Hi there! Just a quick note to let you know about the Train 1900, the magic Christmas train to see Santa at Fond-de-Gras. Well, actually it’s not Santa Claus but St Nicolas and it’s not in December but in November.
During November, St. Nicolas, aka Klees’chen, comes to the Grand-Duchy to check if the children deserve any presents. Then, the kids wait until December 6th (St Nicholas Day) to find out the veredict. He usually appears at shopping centers, schools… During the visits, he may give sweets and the children take some photos. St Nicholas is usually accompanied by angels or by his Houseker, aka Black Peter (or Père Fouettard). This evil figure was an evil butcher who wanted to boil some young children and turn them into nice sausages (Christmas story?? Doesn’t seem so…). It is believed that St Nicholas has saved the children through some divine intervention and Black Peter was dealt the fate of following St Nicholas from town to town. He carries switches so that he can deal with those children who didn’t behave. On the Eve of St. Nicholas Day, children put plates on the table for St. Nicolas to fill with sweets and treats as well as some toys, of course!
So, there are some similarities to the traditional Santa Claus as we are used to know! With a little switch here and there! 😉
Getting back to the train, the big event happens during the weekend of November 23rd and 24th. This very old and cute steam train starts its journey at the station of Pétange and after a 30-minute ride it arrives at Fond-de-Gras. There, St Nicholas will be waiting for the families to take some photos and offer some sweets to the good boys and girls 😉 There is also a big tent with food and drinks to buy and miniature trains to see. It seems like a great deal of family fun, right? The only detail to remember? To book it as soon as you can because it’s always, but always full. To do so, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org saying the number of adults/children and the preferred schedule. They will reply to you with the payment information.
You can check some pictures here.
– Adults €10 / Children 7€
-Saturday at 13:45 and 15:15 (departure at Pétange)
-Sunday at 11:00, 13:45 and 15:50 (departure at Pétange)
Note: You’ll get back to Pétange by train as well.