Sinterklaas! An Old Dutch Tradition in the Hudson Valley

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Sun., November 18

The Annual Artisan Craft Fair to benefit Sinterklaas

@Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 E. Market Street, Rhinebeck

Works for sale by 25 local artists and craft Artisans including framed art, pottery, glass, woodworking, jewelry, photography, textiles, and more. Admission is free. Support the magic of Sinterklaas and wrap all your presents before Thanksgiving.

Time: 10am-4pm

Cost: FREE

More info:

Contact: Joanne Gelb,


Sat., Nov. 24

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”, performances including Arm of the Sea Theater, 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, Shadow Puppet Show by artist Liza Howlz, 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. 1

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, pageant follows parade.

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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