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

Sinterklaas Festival Day in Rhinebeck

JOIN US ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 2, 2023, RHINEBECK, NEW YORK

Sinterklaas is a day-long, colorful celebration that features children’s workshops, dance, theatre and music all over the village of Rhinebeck.

Don’t miss the Dancing Bear, the Pocket Lady, and Mother Holly, The Queen’s Court, the Dancing Ants!! The spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade at 6:00 pm, featuring two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers, closes the day at twilight.

A non-denominational event, Sinterklaas joins residents and visitors alike, people of all ages and backgrounds, in a memorable celebration of children, art, and the light of the winter season.

Sinterklaas Is Rain or Shine!!!

Parking Info

Read all the parking regulations here. Be aware of Rhinebeck parking regulations as posted on the village streets. More detail about parking and street closings here. FIND parking lots at the Northern Dutchess Hospital, at the Rhinebeck High School, at the Highway Department (W. Market St., 0.3 miles west of the Starr Library), and behind the Starr Library. Disabled Parking is at 47 W. Market Street.

 

Program Booklet

Be sure to grab a program booklet when you arrive so you know the whole story of Sinterklaas in the Mid-Hudson Valley. It will make for an even richer experience! Visit the ASK ME Ladies’ table in the center of town by the Beekman Arms.

In the meantime get a jump start on your plan for the day!!!

 

Schedule at a Glance

 

10am-4pm

CROWNS & BRANCHES Children are at the heart of the Sinterklaas story! They are KINGS & QUEENS of the Day and we honor them in the Parade and the Pageant. Make sure they get a chance to make their crowns and adorn their branches for the evening events!

10:00 AM

SAMUEL’S SWEET SHOP: Bear Beauty Contest

12:00 PM

BEEKMAN ARMS OPENING CEREMONY with Jeanne Fleming, Creator of Sinterklaas! It will be dramatic, even operatic! See the Sinterklaas story come alive when you meet all of its characters in person. Special treats and lots of fanfare!!!

UPSTATE FILMS/BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS presents “Paris, the Hip Hop Juggler”

OPEN GATE COFFEE HOUSE: In-Joy

12:30 PM

UPSTATE FILMS/BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS presents Rob Lok & Miss Jane

1:00 PM

THE QUEEN’S COURT: See the Ants Dance. Get a Missive and Treat from the Queen

OPEN GATE COFFEE HOUSE: Betty and the Baby Boomers singing Hey Little Ant

1:30 PM

FOSTER’S PARKING LOT PRESENTED BY THE BINDLESTIFF CIRKUS: Homespun Merry Go Round and Michael Rosman Tight Rope

UPSTATE FILMS/BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS presents “Paris, the Hip Hop Juggler”

1:30 – 5:30 PM

STARTING AT THE ASK ME LADIES TABLE AND AROUND TOWN The Ant’s Spyglass Scavenger Hunt.

COURTYARD AND AROUND TOWN: DANTCE-A-THON dancing ANTS of all sorts

WINTER SUN AND SUMMER MOON and RHINEBECK MERCANTILE: The Museums of Antiquities & Modern Ant

ALL AROUND TOWN

  • Batala NYC
  • Bond St. Stilt Band
  • Brasskill Brass Band
  • Faeries of the Forest
  • Funkrust Brass Band
  • Giglio Band
  • Honk Family Band
  • Hungry March Band
  • Mortal Beasts & Deities
  • Mother Holly
  • Ole’ Factory Brass Band
  • Our Own Grumpuses
  • Pokingbrook Morris Team
  • The Ant Eater
  • The Chinelos
  • The Pocket Lady With Her “Pocket Lady Pal”
  • The Polar Bearwith His Trainer & Musical Sidekick
  • Uptown Lowdown Night Stars
  • Vassar Devils

1:45 PM

UPSTATE FILMS/BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS presents Rob Lok & Miss Jane

2:00 PM

REFORMED CHURCH: Into the Light with the Vanaver Caravan and Arm of the Sea Theater

METHODIST CHURCH: Brasskill Brass Band

OPEN GATE COFFEE HOUSE: Vassar Devils

2:30 PM

METHODIST CHURCH: Honk Family Band

WINTER SUN AND SUMMER MOON and RHINEBECK MERCANTILE: The Museums Of Antiquities & Modern Ant Guide Tour

3:00 PM

REFORMED CHURCH: Into the Light with the Vanaver Caravan and Arm of the Sea Theater

METHODIST CHURCH: Funkrust Brass Band

UPSTATE FILMS/BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS presents “Paris, the Hip Hop Juggler”

OPEN GATE COFFEE HOUSE: Story Telling for Kids: with Matoaka Little Eagle

3:15 PM

UPSTATE FILMS/BINDLESTIFF FAMILY CIRKUS presents Rob Lok & Miss Jane

3:30 PM

METHODIST CHURCH: Hungry March Band

4:00 PM

REFORMED CHURCH: Into the Light with the Vanaver Caravan and Arm of the Sea Theater

CROWNS & BRANCHES: Peace Dove

METHODIST CHURCH: Bard College Georgian Choir

5:00 PM

REFORMED CHURCH: The Living Nativity is back!

5:30 PM

DAPSON-CHESTNEY PARKING LOT: Havdalah! A Candlelit Tradition

6:00 PM

CHILDREN’S STARLIGHT PARADE & PAGEANT including the Children’s STAR CEREMONY

 

Buy A Star

Feed A Family

Our stars feed both the soul and the body!

Scavenger Hunt

Help the and find her colony!

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!