Announcing Sinterklaas! Event Line-Up for 2019 Holiday Season

An Old Dutch Tradition in the Hudson Valley Reveals Underwater Theme

Rhinebeck, NY — Every year since 2008, Rhinebeck, New York has played host to the magical holiday event Sinterklaas! An Old Dutch Tradition in the Hudson Valley. In its 12th year running, the festival will give life to a spectacular underwater world, replete with starfish, a mermaid offering pearls of wisdom, fish of all varieties- large and small, and Poseidon who will allow participants for one special day, the ability to breathe underwater and exist in a magical realm. It is a nod to creatures of both mythical lands as well as of our world. The Honored
Animal for 2019 is the Sturgeon, considered the dinosaur of the Hudson as it is an ancient creature.

A non-denominational event, Sinterklaas joins residents and visitors alike, people of all ages and backgrounds, in a memorable celebration of children, art, and the light of the winter season. “While Sinterklaas is a time for people of every age to explore their creativity, at its heart it’s meant to teach children that art and imagination can transform the world,” says Jeanne Fleming, Sinterklaas Producer and Coordinator, known for events such as the internationally acclaimed annual NYC Halloween Parade. 

Sinterklaas officially kicked off on November 9th with The Star Party, where the Sinterklaas flame was passed to this year’s Holders of the Light, the Terranova Family. The event lineup leads up to the big festival day in Rhinebeck on December 7th:

November 16th, 2019 (Saturday) – December 1, 2019 (Sunday) at 11am – Rhinebeck Methodist Church Fellowship Hall

Sinterklaas Celebration Space: Crows & Branches and Puppet Workshops 

Open to the community, come help make a Giant Sturgeon Puppet and children can make their Crowns and Branches before Sinterklaas day.  Children & adults welcome. 

November 24, 2019 (Sunday) at 10am – Rhinebeck Town Hall

Artisan Craft Fair

Featuring 25 high quality craft artists. Jewelry • Knits • Photography • Pottery  • Woodwork • Cards • Glass • Baskets • AND MORE!

December 7, 2019 (Saturday) at 10am – Rhinebeck

Sinterklaas Festival Day

A day-long celebration that features children’s workshops, dance, theatre and music all over the village of Rhinebeck. Don’t miss Giant Fish, the Mermaid and the Sea Star, the Grumpus, the Dancing Bear, the Pocket Lady, and Mother Holly. The spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade begins at 6pm

Over 275 are set to perform and entertain throughout the festival day, with local favorites such as The Vanaver Caravan, Storyteller Jonathan Kruk,  the Community Music Space Young Performers, the Vassar Devils, 11 extraordinary Brass Bands, and many more on the lineup. 

Sinterklaas is organized by hundreds of volunteers and funded by local businesses, individuals, and foundations. “This event brings life to our imaginations and there’s no gift more special than that. Sinterklaas is an invitation to be a storyteller, creator, and then to participate in the magic of that creation. Thanks to all of you, those who contribute with their time and love; creating alongside everyone is a joy,” says Fleming. 

Parking will be available at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck High School, the Rhinebeck Highway Department, and Starr Library. Organizers note on the website to be aware of Rhinebeck parking regulations as posted on the village streets. Parking is suspended along the parade route (Market Street) at 2pm.

For more information, to view the entire schedule, or to make a direct donation, visit or email

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