Rhinebeck, New York
Sinterklaas Festival Day
Rhinebeck, New York
"...just a smile away from Whoville with a hint of It's a Wonderful Life."
—Huffington Post



‘Yes, Virginia … there is a Sinterklaas’

River Chronicle Editorial, December 2014
It’s understood, of course, that the opinions shared on this page are not agreed upon with all who read what we’ve got to say week-to-week. But it’s safe to assume, maybe, that this week’s declaration might fall into the category of a statement that everyone will agree with universally. And that would be the Sinterklaas organizers and the participants – including the thousands of community members who donned raincoats and clutched umbrellas in order to be there this year – deserve resounding kudos for putting on an awesome and amazing seasonal event for all to enjoy.


Sinterklaas Lights Up Rhinebeck with Dance and Joy

John Ferro, Poughkeepsie Journal, December 7, 2014
“The theme today is coming together as a community in joy and celebration around the children,” said Jeanne Fleming, the event’s creative director. “That is what the day is about.” Read the article and watch the video…


Sinterklaas is coming to town

By Brian PJ Cronin, The Times Herald Record, Nov. 28, 2014
Of all the lasting contributions that Dutch settlers made to the Hudson Valley – architecture, urbanization, lots of creeks with “kill” in their names – perhaps none is as beloved as the celebration of St. Nicholas Sinterklaas, the 4th- century bishop whose legendary miracles made him a precursor to Santa Claus. Read the article…


The Village Halloween Parade’s Jeanne Fleming Has Made a Shimmering Alterna-Festival

By Spike Vrusho, Wednesday, The Village Voice, Nov 26 2014
…December in northern Dutchess County starts with a Dutch bang of color and pageantry — a day-long street festival and evening parade known as Sinterklaas. For the past six winters, the first Saturday in December has been a day for this normally staid upstate burg to let its collective hair down, with an event that is equal parts carnival and ancient tradition, featuring offbeat events, characters, and artistic expression that flies in the face of the standard yuletide clichés. Read the article…


Sinterklaas: The Town That Celebrates Together

By Anne Pyburn Craig, The Chronogram, November 1, 2014
The celebration of Sinterklaas (this year on December 6), a beloved Dutch holiday built on legend that predates the American version of Santa by centuries, seemed made to order. The earliest iteration, nearly 30 years ago, was simply called Old Dutch Christmas. “Twenty-eight years ago, people said, ‘Nobody will get Sinterklaas, it’s a weird foreign word,” Fleming laughs. Read the article…


Media Archive

Browse a collection of past reviews and postings about Sinterklaas:
Sinter Press Collection 2008-2013

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Parking Spot Raffle

We all know how hard it is to park on Sinterklaas Day. Here is a chance to win your very own parking spot for December 2nd — all day and evening.

With Gratitude

This project is made possible, in part, through funding from Dutchess Tourism, Inc. and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.

It's A Great Show!

Sinterklaas brings over 350 musicians, actors, magicians and other magical performers to town to entertain you!