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St Nicholas' Eve in Netherlands

Quick Facts

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

Local names

NameLanguage
SinterklaasavondDutch
St Nicholas' EveEnglish
NikolausabendGerman

St Nicholas' Eve 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

St Nicholas' Eve 2015

Saturday, December 5, 2015
List of dates for other years

December 5 is St. Nicholas’ Eve in the Netherlands, a time of gift-giving and parties. It is the day before
St. Nicholas’ Day.

Saint Nicholas riding through the streets of Dordrecht, in the western part of the Netherlands.

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Celebrate Saint Nicholas’ Eve

St. Nicholas (also known as Sinterklaas) celebrations include family gatherings, exchanging presents and treats, and festive songs dedicated to the saint. Children leave out clogs or shoes, hoping for Sinterklaas to fill them with presents. At this time of the year, St. Nicholas is seen with his helper, Zwarte Piete, in shopping centers, schools and hospitals throughout the Netherlands.

Public life

St. Nicholas’ Eve 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’ Eve

St. Nicholas’ Eve and Day both commemorate 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.

St Nicholas' Eve Observances

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