St Nicholas' Day in the Netherlands
December 5 and 6 are Sinterklaas/St. Nicholas’ Eve and Day in the Netherlands, when Saint Nicholas, also known as Sinterklaas, visits children and brings them presents. In the Netherlands, the main celebrations take place on December 5, rather than December 6.
Celebrate Saint Nicholas’ Day
Sinterklaas celebrations in the Netherlands take place on December 5 and usually wind down on December 6, when St. Nicholas departs. In some places, St. Nicholas may still make an 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.
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 countriesRead more about St Nicholas' Day.
St Nicholas' Day Observances
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Quick FactsSt. Nicholas’ Day honors a Christian saint who is associated with gift-giving. It is a festive celebration in the Netherlands on December 5–6.
St Nicholas' Day 2016Tuesday, December 6, 2016
St Nicholas' Day 2017Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Name in other languages
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Other holidays in December 2016 in the Netherlands
- St Nicholas' Eve/Sinterklaas – Monday, December 5, 2016
- Christmas Eve – Saturday, December 24, 2016
- Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25, 2016
- Second Day of Christmas – Monday, December 26, 2016
- New Year's Eve – Saturday, December 31, 2016