Arrival of Sinterklaas
He might look similar to Father Christmas or Santa Claus, but ‘Sinterklaas’ (Saint Nicholas) is a very Dutch character loved by children and adults alike. His arrival in Amsterdam in mid November each year traditionally marks the official start of the city's festive season.
Sinterklaas in Amsterdam
Every November, Sinterklaas travels from his home in Spain to the Netherlands, bringing presents and special treats for the children. The day after he arrives in the Netherlands, he traditionally takes part in a colourful parade through Amsterdam.
Sint on parade
The arrival festivities include a boat parade and horse parade through the city. Children line the route to wave at Sint and his friends, as traditional sweets rain down upon them.
The Sinterklaas fun will then continue on a daily basis until the main celebration on 5 December. Learn more about Sinterklaas in Amsterdam.