A day-long, colorful celebration that features children’s workshops, dance, theatre and music all over the village of Rhinebeck. Don’t miss the Dancing Bear, the Pocket Lady, and Mother Holly. The spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade at 6:00 pm, featuring two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers, closes the day at twilight. A non-denominational event, Sinterklaas joins residents and visitors alike, people of all ages and backgrounds, in a memorable celebration of children, art, and the light of the winter season.
Be sure to grab a program booklet when you arrive so you know the whole story of Sinterklaas in the Mid-Hudson Valley. It will make for an even richer experience! Visit the ASK ME Ladies' table in the center of town by the Beekman Arms.
Be aware of Rhinebeck parking regulations as posted on the village streets. Parking is suspended along the parade route (Market Street) as of 3pm.
(Scroll to the bottom of the page for a handy MAP)
10:00am BEAR BEAUTY CONTEST at Samuel’s
Dress your favorite bear up in anything you wish, meet other bears, and maybe win a prize. All children and adults are invited to submit entries! Many categories! Many honors!
Fire House 76 E Market St
Children are at the heart of the Sinterklaas story: They are KINGS & QUEENS of the Day and we honor them in the Parade and the Pageant. Make sure they get a chance to make their crowns and adorn their branches for the evening events!
at the Beekman Arms, 6387 Mill St (Rt 9)
with jesters, puppets & stories — fit for our Kings & Queens! Be sure to get your Elephant Mask when you arrive.
Foster’s Parking, center of town.
The Courtyard, off E. Market St.
Step inside the Giant Elephant and be treated to his Shadow Puppet Dream!! Created especially for Sinterklaas by artists Paul O’Connor and Liz Howls
at Upstate Films, 6415 Montgomery St perfect for ages 3 and up
Plus… in-between show entertainment with Brandon Shih’s Kong Zhu YoYo Fun!!
Methodist Church Parish Hall, 83 E Market St (next to the Church)
4 Big TINY Puppet SHOWS with Continual performances
The Beekman Arms, 6387 Mill St (Rt 9)
Hosted by the unforgettable Mrs. Beekman (our own Cindy Kubick)
Visit the ILLUMINATED BOOK On display in the Beekman Arms. Created by Nadine Robbins, Grace Gunning, and Molly Ahearn with help from James Gurney, Richard Prouse, and Andy Neal.
New This Year at the United Methodist Church, 83 E Market St (across from Town Hall)
Church of the Messiah, 6436 Montgomery St
1:00pm — Orchestra Now Chamber Players
2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm
Into The Light: A Holiday Spectacular
Presented by The Vanaver Caravan & The Arm of the Sea Theater. A Holiday story of a Young Girl’s Journey throughout the World searching for the Light. Features Giant Puppets and international music and dance!
The Third EvangelicaL Lutheran Church, 31 Livingston St.
Reformed Church Sanctuary, corner of South St. & Route 9
Town Hall, 76 E Market St
Liberty Public House, 6417 Montgomery St
HOT MEALS! Fun food all over town.
Visit Our Local Restaurateurs. And the Churches are serving :
• Mother of All Mastodons with her Mouse. Receive Wisdom Words.
• Mother Holly
• Riddles with the Mad Hatter
• Batala New York Samba Band
• Hungry March Band
• Roger the Jester
• Pocahontas 1859 Hand Pump Fire Truck
• Pokingbrook Morris Dancers
• The Polar Bear with his trainer
• The Pocket Lady
• The Chinelos
• Elephant Dancers
• Bond Street Stilt Band
The Polar Bear with his Trainer & Musical Sidekick Sing a song & watch the bear transform.
The Pocket Lady Sinterklaas’ Symbol of Generosity. Find her with her “Pocket Lady Pal” just about anywhere around town. Go inside her beautiful cape and see what secret surprise she has in store just for you!
Mother Holly Become a member of the Eleophant Tribe. Hear stories of creatures large & small.
Our Own Grumpuses Dancing all around town.
The Chinelos Traditional dancers in spectacular costumes from the state of Morelos, Mexico.
All Afternoon at Iconic Hair! 7 W Market St
Abstraction Dutchess Day School Students’ Art Exhibit
Montgomery Row Art Exhibition Space Gallery, 2nd floor at 6422 Montgomery St (Route 9)
Living Nativity, Reformed Church
Havdalah Candle Lighting
In the Dapson-Chestney Parking Lot. Walk two blocks west from the traffic light. Led by the Northern Dutchess Hebrew School, J.A.N.D. and Temple Emanuel.
in the Municipal Parking Lot immediately following the Parade. Join in at the end of the Parade to be a part of the Children’s Star Celebration featuring Fire Juggling, The Blessing of the Elephant, On the Lam Band, The Peace Dove.
7:30 Wassail From Liberty to Grand Cru.
7:30-9:00pm HoeDown in Town Hall Quickstep with John Kirk, Trish Miller & Ed Lowman. Great for Families!
Storytime Oblong Books 6420 Montgomery St.
Reading & Book Signing GREGORY MAGUIRE - HIDDENSEE: The Once and Future Nutcracker
Sinterklaas DANCE at Liberty For Adults.
With the Dixieland sound of the On The Lam Band and an explosion of sound with the Forefathers of Funk
*Please Note: The schedule may be modified subject to weather or unanticipated changes.