"...just a smile away from Whoville with a hint of It's a Wonderful Life."
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Buy a Star/Feed A Family

Our Partnership with Rhinebeck Responds continues.

Rhinebeck Responds is partnering with Sinterklaas to address food insecurity in our community.

Sinterklaas is allocating a portion of this year’s star sales to the Church of Messiah food pantry.

With your help, Rhinebeck Responds will match this contribution fourfold.

For every one of the first 1,000 beautiful Sinterklaas stars sold in a Village store or online, we will put $8 in a fund to buy Tops Markets food gift cards for 80 local families in need.

For the next 1,000 stars sold, we need your help to fund $5 per star and distribute fresh, local foods to the Dutch Reformed Church food pantry.


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

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

We’ve completely sold out of stars. The stores below might have some.

$15 if you buy one at a store (plus shipping if you buy on online!)

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.

NB:  After Sunday night, November 28th, Stars ordered online will not make it to you in time for Sinterklaas Day.  All Stars bought after that date will be shipped in time for Christmas!! (if we are not sold out!!!)

Purchase in a store:

Adel Chefridi Jewelry
Albert Shahinian Fine Art
Hummingbird Jewelers
Iconic hair
Land of Oz
Mirbeau Inn and Spa
Paper Trail
Rhinebeck Artist’s Shop
Rhinebeck Dept Store
Starry Birds Kids (Sapling)
Sunflower Market
The Beekman Arms
Williams Lumber
Willow Wood
Winter Sun & Summer Moon
Zephyr Boutique
Zimmer Brothers

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


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.)

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 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. sinterklaashundsonvalley.com