Sinterklaas! An Old Dutch Tradition in the Hudson Valley – December 2, 2017

By Marybeth Cale, Living Rhinebeck magazine
Photo Credit M. Salamone of Carrick Photography

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!


Photo Credit M. Salamone of Carrick Photography



No parking all day 12/2:

*    North side of South Street from Route 9 to Route 308
*    South side of Livingston Street from Center Street to Mulberry Street
*    Both sides of West Market Street from Oak Street to the Town Highway Garage
*    West side of Center Street from Livingston Street to South Street
*    West side of Lorraine Drive
*    Both sides of South Parsonage Street from South Street to North Park

No parking after 2PM on 12/2:

*    Both sides of East and West Market Streets from Center Street to Oak Street
*    Both sides of Route 9 from Chestnut Street to South Street

The Rhinebeck Bank Parking will be closed at 1:00 PM.  The drive-thru ATM will remain open until 3PM.

All Vehicles in No Parking Zones will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Parking is available at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds Mulberry/Platt lot and at the Rhinebeck High School parking lot



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