Sat., Nov. 4

Star Party to benefit Sinterklaas! An Old Dutch Tradition in the Hudson Valley

The Illustrious Star Party! Our most elegant gathering of the year at which the Snow King and Queen Bring the Celestial Flame to light the First Star that is presented by the Star Child to the Keepers of the Flame; the announcement of the new Family who act as Holders of the Flame for the Sinter Season and the Honored Animal. Stories, dances, live music, prizes and much, much more! Libations and Hors d’oeuvres are served. Our biggest fundraiser of the year! All welcome!

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Location: The Ballroom at the Beekman Arms, Rhinebeck

Donation: $50; includes libations and hors d’ouevres

Tickets available online at


Sun., Nov. 19

Annual Artisan Craft Fair to benefit Sinterklaas! An Old Dutch Tradition in the Hudson Valley

Works for sale by 25 local artists and craft Artisans including framed art, pottery, glass, woodworking, jewelry, photography, textiles, and more. Get your Holiday gift shopping done before Thanksgiving. Find something special for yourself!

Time: 10am-4pm

Location: Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY

Admission: Free; includes gift-wrapping on purchases

Contact: Joanne Gelb,


Sat., Nov. 25

Sinterklaas! An Old Dutch Tradition in the Hudson Valley Send-Off Celebration in KIngston

Sinterklaas departs from the historic Kingston Waterfront (playing “Spain” in our story) after a full day of store and gallery “open houses”, musical performances, workshops creating beautiful Crowns and Branches, and the Children’s Maritime Parade down Broadway, with stars and puppets galore. Kingston sends off Sinterklaas on a tugboat across the river to his destination (Rhinebeck). After his send off, there will be a Sinterklaas Soiree and plenty of specials at all of the local restaurants.

Time: Activities begin at 11am in Kingston; Send-off parade steps off at 4pm

Location: Historic Kingston Waterfront, Kingston, NY

Cost: Free of charge, open to the public

More information:


Sat., Dec. 2

Sinterklaas! An Old Dutch Tradition in the Hudson Valley

A day-long, colorful, non-denominational celebration for people of all ages that features children’s Crowns & Branches workshops, dance, theatre and music all over the village of Rhinebeck. Don’t miss the Dancing Bear, the Pocket Lady, and Mother Holly. The spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade steps off at 6:00 pm, featuring two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers, closes the day at twilight.

Time: Activities all day, 10am-10pm; Children’s Starlight Parade at 6pm, Family Hoedown at 7pm, Adult Dance Party at 9pm

Cost: Free of charge, open to the public

More information:

Parking: Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck High School, the Rhinebeck Highway Department, and Starr Library. Be aware of Rhinebeck parking regulations as posted on the village streets. Parking is suspended along the parade route (Market Street) at 3pm. Arrive early and get good parking!

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