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12th Annual St. Nicholas Cookie Walk 
St. Nicholas of Myra Orthodox Church - NYC Landmark  
288 E. 10th StreetCorner of 10th St. & Ave. A, East Village
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St. Nicholas Cookie Walk 
Images from the Past Nine Years
Want to know what it is like to attend the Cookie Walk and get a look behind the scenes? Here's a peek from our past events. We are a cast of characters who enjoy hosting the Cookie Walk and have as much fun as our many visitors. 
This is our Cookie Walk welcome team. We have been working hard, waiting for you to arrive. To begin our story, we started this small fundraiser six years ago.
Hard to believe, but this was our first Cookie Walk sign from 2009. Remember the snowstorm from that year? We certainly do! We rushed to put up a sign.....
We sent our "reindeer" out to try to convince anyone to stop their winter storm preparations to buy cookies. Many hearty souls took a chance to spend a few minutes to get some "cookie rations" before the first snowflakes hit...
There were three tables of cookies in 2009, about 15 varieties and some pretty nervous organizers who wondered what to do with the eight thousand cookies all ready to sell. We have certainly come a long way from our humble beginning...
to this six years later- 15 tables filled with tens of thousand cookies, over 50 varieties. In 2014, the New York Times listed the Cookie Walk in its top five picks for city-wide events. We must be doing something right.
And the Cookie Walk keeps growing every year!
Our growth is a direct result from support from the neighborhood. These are our very first "Cookie Monsters" from 2012. We love being in the East Village.

How do you know when the Cookie Walk will be? It is always the 2nd weekend of December. (Dec 12-13, 2015). The sign goes up two weeks before the event, which is not an easy task for the intrepid few who hang off the side of the church building.
Sometime in late November, a group of parishioners and friends start the process of readying the ingredients to prepare for making dough. Sounds pretty boring... it is, but not when this group gets together!
Our Cookie Bake Team is ready. We are very proud of our Slovakian heritage so cookie selections include five types of rugelach, kolachky and other Eastern European delights...plus about 50 other varieties!
It takes pretty much the entire church to make 35,000 cookies, almost all of them baked during the three days before the event.
Everyone lends a hand as we chop...
and apply the final detail.

While it takes many hands to get us to the Cookie Walk weekend, the most important ones belong to our children. They are an integral part of every step.
They help prepare, bake and set-up.

Our kids are everywhere starting when they are babies.  "Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! It is fun to have fun. But you have to know how" (from Dr. Seuss).
pretending at first.

and then helping a few years later.

We love that our youth take such an active role in all parts of the Cookie Walk.
The most important part is that we all have fun.
On the day of the Cookie Walk, our official Santa will greet you (not to be confused with the thousands of SantaCon santas roaming the streets) ...
Christmas carols will fill the air...
So where are the all of the cookies?? You will take your own private elevator to the Cookie Wonderland in our Main Hall.
The first place you pass is the Hot Chocolate and Beverage bar.

Our hot chocolate has won rave reviews. We use a secret recipe and hand stir the cocoa, milk, cream and sugar for thirty minutes. Topped with marshmallows, whipped cream and given an optional flavoring spoon, it doesn't get much better.
Got a question about the Cookie Walk - these two guys have the answers. The question to you is whether you want a holiday take-out container or bakery box.  And, the Cookie King - single-handed, he makes 1,000 Chocolate Chip cookies a year.
Armed with a box and a disposable glove, you are ready to enter the Cookie Wonderland. It will be a tough job deciding between so many varieties!
Don't be surprised if you end up trying to juggle two boxes...
Or wanting to take pictures. Pics of our cookies have been emailed, tweeted and given the hashtag #worththesugarrush.
Every box or carry-out container is tied with a bow - ready for giving!

From a beautiful selection of ribbons!
While you are filling your box, you never know who you will see...a gingerbread lady
or a sugar plum fairy!
Even Santa and Mrs. Claus are around (and Santa is definitely round).

You can take a picture with Santa in our photo booth.
Grab some props, a couple of friends and have fun!

And, be sure to stop by Tinseltown, our holiday market for great gifts (most under $25) for giving.
Yes, we really do get along this well. The Cookie Walk is two days of smiles.
Yes - we do give tours of St. Nicholas Church. I'll be happy to show you our beautiful building.
We usually get asked each year what is going on behind the stage curtain. That's the place that cookies keep magically appearing...except last year when we ran out of cookies, gasp, on Saturday. Not to worry, the elves were busy making a new batch for Sunday.
Even Santa can receive an unexpected gift in the form of a Christmas letter from a little boy who lives on Avenue A.
The Cookie Walk is over with visions of sugar cookies dancing in his head. See you next year!
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