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

Woodland Night on November 19, 2022

Step into Vlei forest after hours to visit Sinterklaas animals in their natural habitat before they emerge into town for the Sinterklaas Parade. The Seven Sisters, twinkling lights and Sinterklaas stars illuminate your path.

This immersive experience of the nighttime forest and marsh, through the lens of this cherished Sinterklaas tradition, is an awe-inspiring journey of our irreplaceable forests and the biodiversity within them.

Woodland Night is a collaboration of the Winnakee Land Trust and Sinterklaas.


Vlei Marsh Rhinebeck (Parking at Burger Hill)


Saturday, November 19, 2022 from 4-8PM. Timed entry.


Adults $15; Youth (12 & under FREE)



Buy a Sinterklaas Star lantern to illuminate your walk through Woodland Night, then decorate your home and bring it again to the Dec 3rd parade!

  • Stars will be distributed at the Will Call table at the event.
  • Stars are $20 each.
  • Sinterklaas addresses food insecurity in our community by allocating a portion of each star sold to our local food pantries.

Parking & Arrivals

Please note

  • There will be no parking on-site at Vlei Marsh for Woodland Night with this general admission ticket.
  • Parking will be at Burger Hill, 3158 NY-9G, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.
  • A short, 5-minute shuttle (with entertainment aboard) will take you into the woods at Vlei.
  • Three shuttles run continuously every 7 minutes from 3:40 PM – 9:00 PM.*

Parking Location


  • What time should I arrive? To ensure a positive experience for guests, we ask that you arrive 20 mins before your designated time slot. For example, guests with 5:30pm tickets should arrive to the shuttle pick-up location in time to board at approximately 5:10pm. Early/Late arrivals may need to wait to accommodate those with correct timed tickets.
  • What is the weather policy? Rain or snow will cancel this event. In the event we must cancel due to weather, guests will be notified by email, and we will offer an option for the new rain date or a full refund. The rain date is Sunday, November 20, 2022, with same time slot.
  • Can I change my ticket time? At this time, we are unable to accommodate time slot changes.
  • Amenities & Accessibility: How long does it take to walk through? On average, expect to spend about an hour on the property, which includes the illuminated Woodland trail walk (approximately 35 mins) with a welcome / exit area that includes bonfires, music, hot drinks, and a few activities.
  • Will food & drink be available for purchase? Yes, concessions (snacks, hot drinks) will be available on-site.
  • Will restrooms be available? Yes, restrooms will be available for guests.
  • What should I wear? The event will take place outdoors. Please be prepared to walk through unpaved pathways on uneven terrain through the woods. Trails may be muddy or icy at times, sturdy boots are recommended. Dress appropriately for the weather that day.
  • Is the site wheelchair or stroller accessible? Unfortunately, Woodland Night is not wheelchair or stroller accessible due to the nature of the trail and uneven terrain in a few places.
  • Are dogs allowed? No, dogs are not allowed.

If your plans change and you no longer plan to attend, please email contact@winnakee.org, so that we can make your spot available to others. This event is expected to sell out and has limited availability.

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!