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Sinterklaas Send-Off Celebration, Kingston, New York
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Sinterklaas! Send-Off Celebration in KINGSTON

Saturday, November 24, 2018, Kingston, New York

Kingston’s Sinterklaas is a non-denominational and intercultural holiday tradition that unifies the neighborhoods of the city through creativity--mixing history, fable and fantasy to inspire imaginations and participation of all ages. We will be showcasing a variety of artists and makers from our community to celebrate the wonderfully rich maritime and immigrant history of the Rondout.

Sinterklaas departs from the historic Kingston Waterfront (aka “Spain”) after a full day of open houses, musical performances, workshops creating beautiful crowns and branches, and a Children’s Maritime Parade down Broadway, with stars and puppets galore. Kingston sends off Sinterklaas and his white horse on a tugboat across the river to his destination there. The send off will culminate with a shadow puppet show celebrating Kingston's folklore maritime history and plenty of specials at all of the local restaurants.

Free activities for the whole family will begin at noon and the parade will take place at dusk along Broadway in the Rondout.

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2018 Kingston Sinterklaas Schedule


Arm of the Sea at The Maritime Museum Boat Barn

12p, 1p, & 2p — Don't Miss!  Incredible handmade puppet shows throughout the day.


Crowns & Branches Workshop at The Maritime Museum Barn

Noon-3:00pm — Children are the heart of Sinterklaas: they are Kings and Queens for the day. Make sure they get a chance to make their crown and adorn their branches for the parade.


Sinterklaas Welcome Center and Silent Auction, 37 Broadway

Noon-4:00pm —  Information. Buy your stars.  Shop the silent auction benefiting Kingston Sinterklaas.


Walking Tour (meeting at the Welcome Center, 37 Broadway)

2pm —  Local Historian, Rob Sweeney, leads a one hour walking tour through the Rondout neighborhood. Bring a warm a drink and comfortable shoes.


Trolley Rides at the T.R. Gallo Park

Noon, 1:00pm, 2:00pm — Enjoy a scenic, 45 minute trolley ride to Kingston Point Park * 1p & 2p Rides will feature a public reading of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol


Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing

Noon-5:00pm — Exhibits and gift shop open to the public


Catskill Mountain Music Together, Hudson River Maritime Museum Barn

12:30, 1:30pm — Sing, Dance, Play, Learn


Trolley Museum of New York, 89 E Strand

Noon-3:00pm — Exhibits and gift shop open to the public


Storytime at the Reher Center, 99 Broadway

3pm-4:00pm — Karen Pillsworth shares Hanukkah and Reher Bakery stories, cider & cookies


Fruition Hot Chocolate Bar in the Hops Petunia Courtyard

Noon-5:00pm — Tastings and hot chocolate for sale!


Belgium Waffle Cart at Kingston Wine Co

11:00am-5:00pm — Step on up and enjoy a delicious hot Belgium waffle and wine tasting with Kingston Wine Co. from Noon until 5pm


Facets of Earth, Whole Clarity and Local Artisan Bakery Pop-Up, 22 Broadway

Noon-5:00pm — Enjoy fresh baked goods!


Clove & Creek, 73 Broadway

2-4:00pm — Popcorn and Music


Enchanted Cakes, 23 W Strand

Noon-4:00pm — Cookie Decorating!


South Manor, 25 Broadway

Noon-5:00pm — Write a letter to Sinterklaas


Jay Teske, 25 Broadway

Noon-5:00pm — Marshmellow Snowman Craft


Hetta Glogg & Eggnog, 85 Broadway

Noon-5:00pm — Enjoy warm glogg, spiked eggnog and Dala Horse Ornaments.


Kingston Waterfront Businesses

Noon-5:00pm — Enjoy discounts, open houses and free refreshments in businesses up and down Broadway - and get a good start on your holiday shopping!


Storefront Gallery Show

Noon-5:00pm — View work celebrating this year's honored animal, The Butterfly


Milne Antiques, 81 Broadway

Noon-5:00pm — Open house and free refreshments.


Zephryr Open House, 35 Broadway

Noon-5:00pm — Open house and free refreshments.


Children’s Maritime Parade - Beginning at Broadway & Garraghan Dr

4:00pm — Accompany Sinterklaas amid fluttering butterflies, a flotilla of boats, star lanterns, outrageous otters and more. Follow along with your Crowns & Branches to water's edge.

Sinterklaas Send-Off & Shadow Puppet Spectacle - at T.R. Gallo Park

4:45pm — NEW this year - Don't Miss!  Stick around for the spectacle immediately following the end of the parade featuring Liz Howlz famous shadow puppets.  A show that will depict various stages of Kingston's development.


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