Sinterklaas Official National Entry

 . . . in the Netherlands

On the Saturday following St. Martin’s Day (November 11), Sinterklaas 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 2019 the official entry will be Saturday, November 16, in Apeldoorn.

Sinterklaas
Zaanstad 2018
Photo: ANP
Sinterklaas
Dokkum 2017
Photo: NU.nl
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
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
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.

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Local Sinterklaas Arrivals, nearly 1600 listed, updated annually

Official entry photos 2001 - 2004, 2006, courtesy of Sint Nicolaas Foto Gallerij, Stichting Vrienden van Sint Nicolaas in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands. Used by permission.

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