Sinterklaas Festival

Sinterklaas Festival

In 2021, three organizations (Sinterklaas Committee, the Dutch Network, and De Esdoorn Dutch Language School) are joining forces to host a hybrid Sinterklaas festival. De Esdoorn students will celebrate in-person, while Sinterklaas will join them and other Dutch children around the Lower Mainland via zoom.

Sinterklaas is a rich and important tradition in the Netherlands and Belgium, and each year he is invited to come to Canada with the Piets to visit. Will he come again this year?

First time meeting Sinterklaas? Normally the event is held in person with around 100 kids and their families in a nice big hall with games, Dutch food, and more. Doors open at 10, Sinterklaas arrives at 11. Sint and the Piets can be visited on stage and will also mingle. De Esdoorn teachers will help sing songs and tell a story.

Here are some tips to prepare for Sinterklaas:

1. Sign up for present giving – this is not happening in 2021
Fill out the form, and bring a present with you to Cloverdale. Discreetly hand off the present to Pakjes Piet. When it’s your time slot, get in the line with the other kids and Sinterklaas will present the gift to your child and take a photo with Sint and the Piets.

2. Practice your Sinterklaas songs
There’s nothing better than a room full of people singing together! Learn the songs ahead of time with your kids.

3. Follow Sint and the Piets
Watch the Sinterklaas Journaal — a daily news cast chronicling the misteps and adventures of Sint and the Piets — with your kids and get wrapped up in the fun.

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2022-11-26 2022-11-26 Pacific/Midway Sinterklaas Festival Sinterklaas is a rich and important tradition in the Netherlands and Belgium, and each year he is invited to come to Canada with the Piets to visit. Will he come again this year? Not indicated
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