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

The NEW 2021 MOUSE Stars are here! You can order now! In Stores in October!



2021 Sinterklaas Star

Add this year’s Sinterklaas MISS MOUSEY Star to your shopping cart!

Add a Sinterklaas FROGGY Star from last year to your shopping cart!

Please note: when you click “add to cart” you will be taken to the Paypal cart where you can select the number of stars you wish to purchase as well as select your purchase method. Then click the back button to return here and choose a different star to add to your cart.

For 2021 there are TWO Stars!

The Mouse and the Frog!!


News Flash! Since we last reported — Froggy — the Honored Animal of 2020 and Star of Leap Year! The Sinterklaas Movie — has gotten engaged!

That’s right! All those hours last year confined to his small pond, he fell in love with a local mouse, Miss Mousey!

So we just HAD to invite them BOTH to be the Honored Animals for Sinterklaas 2021 –indeed Sinterklaas will be the occasion of their BIG country WEDDING! Listen to the Song!  Froggy Went a Courtin’

There’s nothing like a joyful BIG COUNTRY WEDDING to bring a community together, and YOU are invited to help “tie the knot” that will bring OUR community back together again in our uniquely Rhinebeck celebration.

You can start by buying a 2021 Miss Mousey Star!

And then, BRING your Frog Star from last year on December 4, 2021 for Sinterklaas Day to take part in the BIG Wedding Celebration.  The STARS will play a major role in the wedding ceremony!

If you did not get a Frog Star last year, we ordered some extras this year so can get both here if you need one (limited number, so get your Frog Star ASAP before we run out.)

In 2020 we SOLD OUT!!!!

And that was special because together we raised $20,000 in a matching grant from Rhinebeck Responds for our community’s neediest at the holiday season!!!    The Frog conquered all!!

Not to be outdone, Miss Mousey wants to bring that same matching grant to needy families this year!

So, we will continue our program


A portion of the proceeds from every Star you buy will go to the Food Pantry at the Church of the Messiah and those donations will be matched two to one by a generous anonymous donor!

Each Star package includes a star, an illumination unit, a card explaining the meaning of the STAR in the Sinterklaas Celebration and instructions for assembling.

Purchase in a store: Stars are available for purchase at Winter Sun & Summer Moon, Adel Chefridi Jewelry, Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Hummingbird Jewelers, Iconic hair, Land of Oz, Merriweathers, Mirbeau Inn and Spa, Paper Trail, Pegasus, Periwinkles, Rhinebeck Artist’s Shop, Rhinebeck Dept Store, Sapling, Sunflower, The Beekman Arms, Williams Lumber, Willow Wood, Zephyr Boutique and Zimmer Brothers

$15 (plus shipping, if you buy them online)



Why do you need a star? THIS YEAR it’s doubly important!!

‘Cause there are TWO of them!

Carry Stars in the Parade | sinterklaashudsonvalley.com

Families carry their stars in the annual Children’s Starlight Parade.

These are no ordinary Stars… and this year, after the cancellation last year, they mean more than ever…

And so,

From the moment you take possession of this star, you assume a key role in the Sinterklaas community tradition — honoring the CHILDREN. Join hundreds of your neighbors, friends, and family — carry your star in the Children’s Maritime Parade in Kingston on the last Saturday in November and on the first Saturday in December on the Sinterklaas Festival in the Children’s Starlight Parade that culminates in an illuminated pageant in the very heart of Rhinebeck.

Carry your star in your own way

Perhaps close to your chest and cradled with care, or held aloft dangling freely in the winter breeze. A gathering constellation will light the path for the many children who, bedecked in crowns and branches of their own creation, are the honored Kings and Queens of the Day.


You will want a star for the Sinterklaas Pageant Ceremony in Rhinebeck

captivated child with sinterklaas star | sinterklaashudsonvalley.com

Honor the children with a Sinterklaas Illuminated Star!

At the end of the Pageant that is the culmination of the entire Festival, everyone will gather for the final ritual, the moment you and your star have been waiting for. The Master of Ceremonies will call upon all those present to honor our children, our hope for the future, our joy of today. He will ask you to bow down on one knee to the children. At that moment, you will bow down and hold your STAR at the children’s waist level — elevating them, for a brief moment, on a sea of stars above everyone in the community. Then, you will be asked to stand again and raise your star above your heads — thus placing you, the children and the entire community in its proper place in the firmament — all of us as one and at peace under the stars.


A Star at Home

After the evening’s festivities are over, you take your star home with you to grace your hearth throughout the dark winter with the vivid memory–like a burning ember — of when we all came together to celebrate our children, our community, our lives and each other.