Rhinebeck, New York, USASinterklaas Festival
A week-long festival celebrates Sinterklaas in Rhinebeck. It all begins on the last Saturday in November when he arrives by boat followed with a procession into town. He rides through town three evenings during the next week along with special events showcasing traditional dance, story telling, drama, a giant cookie tree and illuminated book. Shops and restaurants feature special Sinterklaas chocolates, speculaas and star cookies. It all ends with the day-long Saturday Festival culminating with the Children’s Starlight Parade and Grand Finale Pageant. In the spirit of St. Nicholas people were invited to bring food for the local food bank.