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Sinterklaas Arrives by Boat on the Hudson (Event)

November 26, 2:00 PM

Sinterklaas Arrives in Rhinecliff, NY on the Hudson River Drawing on the Hudson Valley’s Dutch roots, a new, annual cultural event was born in Rhinebeck in 2008. Based on the centuries-old celebration of Sinterklaas, a favorite holiday tradition in Holland, our Hudson Valley Sinterklaas Celebration is designed to bring together NY residents & visitors to create an extraordinary, community-built, public art event while learning about our Dutch heritage. Sinterklaas has long been a symbol of diversity and tolerance which supports the vision of a shared society among our Hudson Valley residents. For centuries, celebrations of Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) have been ushering in the winter season in Holland. While the Dutch ruled In the New World, Sinterklaas celebrations united the diverse colonists along the Hudson River. Even after the English took over, Sinterklaas was a beloved event in Colonial America.

On Saturday, November 26th, our refashioned, nonsectarian Sinterklaas Celebration begins with the Arrival of Sinterklaas. Musicians, dancers and hundreds of children and families will send off Sinterklaas from the Rondout in Kingston, NY, aboard the tugboat Cornell. He will cross the Hudson River and arrive at the Rhinecliff Dock in Rhinecliff, NY. There, Sinterklaas rides his white horse through the hamlet of Rhinecliff to another community celebration at the Rhinecliff Hotel. Hot chocolate for children and performances of music, dance and theatre support the celebrations on both shores.
Kingston celebration begins at 2:00pm; Rhinecliff Arrival at 4:00pm. All events are free and open to the public.

Celebration continues the following Saturday, December 3rd with an all day festival of ethnic music, dance, storytelling, theatre and a twilight parade!
See our listing for "Sinterklaas! An Old Dutch Tradition in Rhinebeck" for information.

The Rhinecliff Hotel

4 Grinnell Street
Rhinecliff, NY  12574
From Route 9 in Rhinebeck, NY. Take County Route 308 West -- it becomes County Route 85. Enter the hamlet of Rhinecliff. Pass the Amtrak station and at the stop sign turn right on Shatzell Street. Rhinecliff Hotel is one block towards river on the corner of Grinnell Street.

For further information about this event, please contact:

Pat Sexton -- Sinterklaas Committee
Phone: 845-876-6880
E-mail this person:  

This event was supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.