Saint Nicholas and Schmutzli in front of the Kulm building
Saint Nicholas and Schmutzli sitting in front of the Kulm building
Children recite a verse to St. Nicholas
Saint Nicholas and his helper walk through the snow

St. Nicholas Saturday

Christmas greetings from Bern's local mountain

Recite a Christmas tale to Santa Claus

Visit St. Nicholas and Schmutzli on the Gurten on Saturday, 09. December from 11:00 to 16:00.
While Schmutzli will be doing rounds of the park on the miniature railway, St. Nicholas will be giving out gifts to the children. Regardless of whether the little ones want to recite a poem, tell a secret, or simply have a photo taken with St. Nicholas, the kind old man will have a small gift for them – marshmallows to be roasted over the campfire, delicious punch, and a wonderful souvenir photo from the photo booth. The well-known Christmas bags with nuts and chocolate will, of course, also be available.
Adults can enjoy mulled wine, alcohol-free punch and winter dishes from 11:00 to 17:00 at the miniature railway station take-away stand. Enjoy the idyllic atmosphere on Bern's local mountain and hum along to the best-known Christmas songs.
St. Nicholas' loyal companion Schmutzli will be busy on the playground. Fortunately not with his stick but on the miniature railway and the kids' cars.
The event will take place in all types of weather. Registration is not required.

Venue:  Bahnhöfli and playground, Gurten – Park im Grünen
Date: Saturday, 9 December 2023
Time: 12 - 4 p.m.
Price: Free of charge
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Refreshments available from the miniature railway station take-away stand 
12 a.m.  4 p.m. St. Nicholas gives out gifts 

Getting here

The easiest way to find us. There are parking spaces right next to the Gurtenbahn funicular valley station.


A diagram with an overview of how best to get to the Gurten. By public transportation or car, the Gurten is ideally located.