Celebrate Sinterklaas, a Holiday Tradition in Rhinebeck for over 30 Years!

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Sinterklaas is a celebration for young and old. With parades, live music and performers of all types. Workshops for children and adults, a Sinterklaas Soiree, photo booths, trolley rides, dance demonstrations, storytelling, puppet shows, open houses of area businesses, delicious food from local restaurants and vendors, and more! Bagpipe, Dixieland, Irish, Ukrainian, Mexican & Indonesian music is just a small selection of the melodies that will be performed during the festival. For a full list of performers and musicians visit http://www.sinterklaashudsonvalley.com/performer-profiles/

The Hudson Valley celebrates Sinterklass with two different parades. The Children’s Maritime Parade, starts in Kingston on the last Saturday in November. The Children’s Starlight Parade occurs on the first Saturday in December at the end of the Sinterklaas Festival Day in Rhinebeck.

Sinterklaas - Olde Rhinebeck Inn
Some of the highlights of both Parades are Sinterklaas on his fine white horse and the Grumpuses, who are Sinterklaas’s version of the modern day elves with a twist. They carry out Sinterklaas’s judgement on children, cane switches for the bad children, or candy for the good. (You won’t encounter any of the switch carrying ones in the parade only the sweet bearing ones!). Some of the other star attractions of the parade are the Snow King and Queen, the Star Child who brings us the festival star each year, St. George and the Dragon and many many more!


The festival traces it’s roots back to the late 1600’s, when Dutch traders purchased land from the American’s native to the Hudson Valley. Originating in the Netherlands, the seasonal tradition of Sinterklaas, who is the patron of children and sailors, returns once again to the Hudson Valley for another fun filled festival for all ages.

When early Dutch settlers came to America, they brought their favorite holiday with them and it has merged the legendary holiday with traditional Father Christmas (St. Nicolas) resulting in our modern-day Santa Claus. In the Hudson Valley, Sinterklaas is celebrated in many ways, both traditional and new. Focusing on bringing back history and moving away from the commercialism that has overtaken the holidays, the festival focuses on the wonders that have started legends over the ages.

Sinterklaas Kingston: Activities take place throughout the Rondout during the day. The Children’s Maritime Parade starts at the top of Broadway and Garraghan Drive, with the send-off at the dock of the Hudson River Maritime Museum followed by the tree lighting at the Urban Cultural Park.

Sinterklaas Rhinebeck: Activities take place throughout the village during the day. The Children’s Starlight Parade starts just west of town at the Library and culminates in a Pageant in the town’s municipal parking lot.

For a full schedule of events please visit: http://www.sinterklaashudsonvalley.com/sinterklaas-festival-day-in-rhinebeck/

For directions please visit: http://www.sinterklaashudsonvalley.com/directions/

Check out a video of Rhinebeck Sinterklaas Festival in 2016 https://youtu.be/-bGzgF0F8Ms

Upcoming Events around Rhinebeck

November 24, 25 & 26 and December 23, 26 & 27, 2017

Usher in the holiday season at Wilderstein Historic Site!

Wilderstein will be open for holiday tours from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Thanksgiving weekend (November 24, 25 & 26), Saturdays & Sundays through December 23 and on Tuesday, December 26 and Wednesday, December 27. For more information visit http://www.wilderstein.org   

December 1-17, 2017

“It’s A Wonderful Life” at The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck

Based on Frank Capra‘s beloved holiday film.  On Christmas Eve, George Bailey, a small town man forgoing his big dreams to help others, is given the chance to see what his community would be like had he never been born.

For more information visit http://www.centerforperformingarts.org/whats-playing

December 1, 2017

Snowflake Festival

Come out and enjoy music performances, tree lighting, fire jugglers, and Victorian carolers. Wall, North Front, John, and Fair Streets in Uptown Kingston

For more information visit http://www.kingstonuptown.org/2017-snowflake-festival-coming-uptown-kingston/

December 1, 2017

Clearwater’s Open Boat & Holiday Party

This free family-friendly event is the first of several Open Boats. Come on by to tour the deck of the sloop Clearwater, meet the captains and crew, hear live music from the local Hudson Valley band Rootbrew, and join in a round robin. There will be children’s activities as well – bring the whole family. For more information visit http://www.clearwater.org/calendar-of-events/

December 2, 2017

Winter Gift Sale

A showcase for talented local artisans from across the Hudson Valley. Over 30 vendors. For more information visit http://www.sudburywintergiftsale.org

December 9, 2017

A Rhinecliff Holiday Day

11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Dress warm and help make a gigantic wreath for the community to be displayed in the center of Rhinecliff..

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: The Rhinecliff Fire Truck will take Santa for a round about the Rhinecliff Protective Fire District and deliver him back to the firehouse.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Santa arrives with his helpers at the Rhinecliff Firehouse to visit children, share goodies and packages (for children ages 3 – 12) and sing songs. Soup, cookies and hot and cold beverages will be available throughout the day

For more information visit https://calendar.hudsonvalleyone.com/events/

December 10, 2017

Farmers’ Market

For more information visit http://www.rhinebeckfarmersmarket.com/

December 16, 2017

Rhinebeck’s ArtWalk

Ongoing, every third Saturday of each month, 5:00-8:00 pm.

For more information visit http://artstudioviews.com/

December 16, 2017

“The Puppet People’s “A Christmas Carol” at The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck Family Series

Warm your hearts with Dickens’ classic. Watch Mean Ol’ Scrooge as he discovers Christmas is not HUMBUG! The Puppet People’s spectacular show features beautiful marionettes, holiday music and guaranteed smiles!

For more information visit http://www.centerforperformingarts.org/family-series

December 17, 2017

Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market

For more information visit http://www.rhinebeckfarmersmarket.com/

December 22-24, 2017

“A Christmas Carol” at The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck

Now in its 12th year, Charles Dicken’s classic returns to The CENTER

For more information visit http://www.centerforperformingarts.org/whats-playing

December 29, 2017

“My Favorite Things” Classical Guitarists David Temple at The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck

For more information visit http://www.centerforperformingarts.org/whats-playing

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