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Most Dutch children look forward to the official arrival of Sinterklaas – an annual parade that takes place on the first Saturday after Sint Maarten. Yet, although less well-known, his official departure is just as much fun!
Departure of Sinterklaas overview
Did you miss the thrills and spills of the official Sinterklaas arrival parade? Fortunately all is not lost, as you and your family can attend an official Sinterklaas departure instead! Indeed, more and more towns in the Netherlands now organise an ‘uittocht’, which marks the Sint’s departure from the Netherlands. Although the majority of these colourful events take place on 6th December, in some towns and cities Sinterklaas leaves for Spain as early as 4th or 5th December.
Below is an overview of Sinterklaas Uittocht events in the Netherlands in date order.
Goes (18.45hr, Grote Markt)
De Wijk (18u, dorpskern)
Hollum (14.45hr, O.B.S. De Schakel, Schoolstraat 5)
Aarle-Rixtel (18.30hr., Kiosk, Kouwenberg)
Bruinisse (19hr., Kerkplein)
Driel (17.30hr, R.K. Parochiekerk Benedictus)
Etten-Leur (12hr., Turfvaart)
Harderwijk (16.15hr, IJsbaan Harderwijk)
Hoek van Holland (17hr., Tennisvereniging Hoek van Holland)
Hove (16.15hr., Station)
Hulst (18hr., Steenstraat 67)
Lage Zwaluwe (18hr., B.S. De Grienden)
Middelharnis (14hr., D’n Diek)
Monnickendam (18hr., Grote Kerk, Zarken 2)
Oostzaan (18hr., Kerkplein)
Raamsdonksveer (18hr., Boelaars Zalencentrum, Keizersdijk 48)
Terheijden (19hr., Haven, Markstraat)
Uithoorn (17hr., RK basisschool De Springschans, Eendracht 8)
Wijk bij Duurstede (19hr., Kasteel Duurstede)
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