Christmas is all about keeping up traditions and there’s no bigger tradition than Amsterdam’s annual Sinterklauss Parade. Sinterklauss is Holland’s version of Santa Clause, and each year in November, he arrives by boat from his residence in Madrid.
The tradition dates back decades but it is not clear why Sinterklauss resides in Spain. One feasible theory is that it might have something to do with Spanish domination of Holland in the past.
After a welcome party, Sinterklauss parades through the streets of the Dutch capital accompanied by colourful festive floats, brass bands and hundreds of cheery costumed helpers.
Sinterklauss is the patron saint of all children in Holland and the parade is a highly celebrated occasion. It is one of the most festive occasions of the year in Amsterdam, and one not to be missed if you're in the city on November 13th.
Where to find the Sinterklauss Parade
The boat usually docks at the Maritime Museum in the harbour before Sinterklauss mounts his white horse. From there the parade heads towards Amsterdam’s Dam Square before finishing at Leidseplein where Sinterklauss addresses onlookers from the balcony of the City Theatre.
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