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St Nicholas' Day in Netherlands

Quick Facts

St. Nicholas’ Day honors a Christian saint who is associated with gift-giving. It is a festive celebration in the Netherlands on December 5–6.

Local names

NameLanguage
SinterklaasDutch
St Nicholas' DayEnglish
NikolaustagGerman

St Nicholas' Day 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014

St Nicholas' Day 2015

Sunday, December 6, 2015
List of dates for other years

December 5 and 6 are St. Nicholas’ Eve and Day in the Netherlands, when Saint Nicholas, also known as Sinterklaas, visits children and brings them presents.

Presents from Sinterklaas, or St.Nicholas, for the kids.

©iStockphoto.com/Sean Locke

Celebrate Saint Nicholas’ Day

Sinterklaas celebrations in the Netherlands include St. Nicholas making public appearances with his helper, Zwarte Piete. Children are visited in schools, hospitals, and shopping centers. Many shops are filled with Sinterklaas trinkets, decorations, gifts and toys. Special songs are sung to honor St. Nicholas.

Public life

St. Nicholas’ Day is not an official public holiday in the Netherlands. However, many businesses dedicated to Sinterklaas are busy during this time of the year.

About Saint Nicholas’ Day

The day commemorates the life of St. Nicholas, a Christian saint who is popular among children because of his reputation as a bringer of gifts. The legendary figure of St. Nicholas is derived from Nicholas of Myra who officiated as a bishop in 4th century Greece.

About St Nicholas' Day in other countries

Read more about St Nicholas' Day.

St Nicholas' Day Observances

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ThuDec 61990St Nicholas' DayObservance
FriDec 61991St Nicholas' DayObservance
SunDec 61992St Nicholas' DayObservance
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FriDec 62019St Nicholas' DayObservance
SunDec 62020St Nicholas' DayObservance

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