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

The 2021 Honored Animals are the Frog & the Mouse

THE FROG:  Healer *  Selflessness * Taking Care of Others * Change * Chaser of Negativity *

THE MOUSE:  Brave *  Hopeful * Hardworking * Helpful * Accomplish anything, regardless of size * Kindness *

The Sinterklaas 2020 Blessing of the Frog

We are delighted to bring you one of the most profound moments of Sinterklaas—the annual reading at the Pageant of the Blessing of the Honored Animal by Fr. Richard McKeon of the Church of the Messiah—this year it is the Blessing of the Frog.

While we did not have the pageantry, the cold night air, the hundreds of surrounding folks with their stars, we did have a special message from Father Richard and the lovely poem by Gigi Alvare.
Enjoy it and keep our wishes of good will with you throughout the year. And we will publish the Blessing of the Mouse as we approach Sinterklaas 2021. Dona Nobis Pacem!


Blessing of the FROG 2020

I am the ancient gem of water and green earth, Look for me in hidden places.

I will surprise in day and night Wake your spirit like a little light.

Primordial gel of transparent egg, Tadpole with tail then kicking legs leaping, Suddenly appears from pond womb to land.
Moist chorus of color, pattern, and form- Reminds you of the day that you were born Swimming out into the world.
Drinking and breathing through delicate skin, The muscle of balance stretched very thin.
Join with me then–for hope of renewal Each one of us a precious earth jewel

We are one on this planet I bring you to understand who you are. Sisters and brothers of the frog and the Star. — Gigi Alvaré, 2020


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!