Sinterklaas Celebration has put smiles on children’s faces, brought visitors from all over the world, celebrated the area’s Dutch Heritage and diversity, all while making magic. Events are free and open to all, with a special emphasis on families and kids.

Join their Children’s Maritime Procession which includes their very own Sinterklaas, who comes from Holland to lead the procession featuring giant puppets, illuminated stars, fish, flags, this year’s honored animal (the Sturgeon), their own Rip Van Winkle, and the great Hudson River itself.

Sinterklaas Kingston goes ‘green’ with use of Solaris, the Hudson River’s only solar powered boat, for send-off to Rhinebeck.

On Saturday, November 30, 2019, Sinterklaas, the traditional Dutch version of Santa, will make his first appearance in the Hudson Valley by way of the City of Kingston, NY. Now in its eighth year, the entire city is invited to celebrate not only our Dutch holiday heritage but our multi-cultural traditions as well. This year Sinterklaas goes green with the festive procession of giant puppets, Grumpus Heads, stars, fish, flags, this year’s honored animal (the Sturgeon), our own Rip Van Winkle and the great Hudson River itself will travel down Broadway to escort Sinterklaas to his solar powered boat that sets off on his journey from Kingston (representing Spain) to Rhinebeck (representing Holland). The day begins at 11am at the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s Homeport Barn for the Crowns and Branches workshop. Children can become Kings and Queens for the day by making decorated crowns and creating royal scepters with decorated branches. Jewels, ribbons, glitter, lace, streamers and other materials will be on hand for children to let their imaginations run and get creative.

Starting at noon there will be open houses at many of the Rondout businesses, as well as, storytelling, face painting, workshops in cookie decorating, magic shows and ornament making for the kids. For the adults, there will wine and glogg tastings, musical performances at Ole Savannah where local musician Mark Rust will perform his holiday show. At the Arts Society of Kingston (ASK) dance lessons will be conducted by Vanaver Caravan, and the Catskill Mountain Music Together troupe will conduct a musical workshop for kids. The evening will end at Mariner’s Harbor with Sabor, a Latin Jazz Trio.

A special Blessing of the Animals, sponsored by Ulster County SPCA, will take place at TR Gallo Park at 12 noon. And every year an animal is honored as part of the event and this year it is the sturgeon. Scenic Hudson is sponsoring a unique program on the sturgeon at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, put together by the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, including a 6 foot Atlantic Sturgeon model and discussions on the special nature of the sturgeon and why it’s special to the Hudson River. At the Kingston Artist Collective, there will be a group show of Hudson Valley artists displaying their original artwork honoring the sturgeon.

The Children's Maritime Parade will begin 4pm with its journey down Broadway festooned with stars and puppets galore. Kingston (Spain) will then send off Sinterklaas on the Solaris across the river to his destination, Rhinebeck (Holland), for his next appearance. Following Sinterklaas’ send off, there will a Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Ulster County Visitor’s Center. All events are free and open to all, with a special emphasis on families and kids.

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