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Sinterklaas Official National Entry
 . . . in the Netherlands


On the Saturday following St. Martin's DaySinterklaas comes by ship from Spain to officially enter the country. Each year he arrives at a different seacoast town or river harbor. Large crowds gather to greet the good saint, who arrives accompanied by many colorful Piets. Dutch National Television broadcasts the festivities so the entire country may share the celebration. This is the official start of Sinterklaas season. Sinterklaas arrives in Amsterdam the next day, Sunday. He then spends the weeks until 5 December (the Eve of Sinterklaas) going about the countryside, visiting homes, schools, and churches, to determine if the children have been good.

In 2017 the official entry will be Saturday, November 18, in Dokkum.

Sinterklaas

Landelijke 2016

Photo: NU.nl
Sinterklaas

Meppel 2015

Photo: J M Rosenthal
 
Sinterklaas

Gouda 2014

Photo:
Terlo
 
Sinterklaas stoomboat

Groningen 2013

Photo:
112Groningen.nl
 
Sinterklaas waving on horse

Roermond 2012

Photo:
YourOpi.com
 
Sinterklaas waving on horse

Dordrecht 2011

Photo: dtgerald, Zoom.nl
 
Sinterklaas in front of the crowd

Harderwijk 2010

Photo: HvNL
 
Sinterklaas waving on horseback

Schiedam 2009

Photo: J Rosenthal/
SNS
Used by permission
 
Sinterklaas with girl on horse

Almere 2008
Photo: Kenneth Verburg, Flickr
Used by permission
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Sinterklaas boat coming into harbor

Kampen 2007
Photo: Sinterklaas Web Journal
 
Sinterklaas boat on canal, lined by crowds

Middelburg 2006
Photo: Stitching Vrienden van Sint Nicolaas
Used by permission
 

Sinterklaas on ship

Sneek 2005
Photo: Rosenthal/SNS
Used by permission

Sinterklaas boat on canal, lined by crowds

Alkmaar 2004
Photo: Stitching Vrienden van Sint Nicolaas
Used by permission
 
Sinterklaas on ship approaching dock

Zwolle 2003
Photo: Stitching Vrienden van Sint Nicolaas
Used by permission
 
Sinterklaas heading off ship

Zaltbommel 2002
Photo: Stitching Vrienden van Sint Nicolaas
Used by permission
 

Sinterklaas ship

Maastricht 2001
Photo: Stitching Vrienden van Sint Nicolaas
Used by permission

The national official Sinterklaas entry (Intocht) was first televised in 1952 from Amsterdam, shown in this black and white NPS video clip. The first color broadcast was in 1967 in Medemblik.

Official entry photos courtesy of Sint Nicolaas Foto Gallerij, Stichting Vrienden van Sint Nicolaas in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands. Used by permission.


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