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The official arrival of Sinterklaas – 16th November

The summer holidays are well and truly over, but Dutch children still have plenty to look forward to before the year is out. Especially as in approximately two months Saint Nicholas (Sinterklaas in Dutch) will make his official arrival in the Netherlands!

This year Sinterklaas and his trusty helpers will leave the warmth of sunny Spain for a spectacular arrival in the Dutch city of Groningen, which it has just been announced, will take place on Saturday 16th November.

official arrival of SinterklaasIt’s the very first time that Sinterklaas has chosen Groningen as his point of entrance to the Netherlands, finally fulfilling the city’s long-cherished wish. His highly anticipated arrival (on the steamer known as “Pakjesboot 12”) and the colourful parade will be captured live on Dutch television, starting at around midday. So, if you and your children aren’t fortunate enough to be in Groningen itself, you can always follow the proceedings as they unfold on the telly, or watch it later on Uitzending Gemist.

Want to know more about Sinterklaas? You can read about the history and traditions surrounding Saint Nicholas in our blog: The Story of Sinterklaas. And don’t forget that Holland at Home will shortly be stocking an unbeatable range of typical Dutch Sinterklaas products – so why not subscribe to the Holland at Home newsletter or make your own personal Sinterklaas wish list? Check out our blog: Top-5 Sinterklaas Products for Dutch Emigrants for inspiration!

Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then why not visit our sister blog, Heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants abroad?

One comment on “The official arrival of Sinterklaas – 16th November

  1. Nessa Kennedy

    I visit the Netherlands every year to enjoy Sinterklaas with my little grand daughter. I love all the festivities at this time……a very lovely tradition which is so children orientated. Wish our Christmases here in the UK would return to childrens’ celebrations rather than the commercial time it has now become. Looking forward to my time in Hollnd this year.

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