“…just a smile away from Whoville with a hint of It’s a Wonderful Life.”
—Huffington Post
Sinterklaas Send-Off Celebration, Kingston, New York
Sinterklaas Festival Day, Rhinebeck, New York

Rhinebeck Schedule Dev

All around town All Afternoon

 
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 Hummingbird clan. Hear stories of creatures large & small.

The Polar Bear

with his trainer and musical sidekick. Sing a song and watch the bear transform.

Hummingbird Encounters

With this year’s Honored Animal

The Chinelos

raditional dancers in spectacular costumes from the state of Morelos, Mexico.

Raya Brass Band & The Kukeri

Fiery Brass inspires these traditional Balkan creatures to scare away winter’s evil spirits!

PLUS
  • ‘Twas The Night before ChristmaS with Carl Welden
  • Bond Street Stilt Band
  • Our Own Grumpuses!
  • Rainbow Singers
  • The Hungry March Band
  • Daytop Singers
  • The Mortal Beasts & Dieties Stilters
  • Roger the Jester
  • Pokingbrook Morris Team
SinterkLaas PhotoBooth

in front of CVS. Have your children’s picture taken while sporting their crowns and branches! Get a Keepsake of the day.

Visit the ILLUMINATED BOOK

displayed at The Beekman Arms , Created by Nadine Robbins, Grace Gunning, and Molly Ahearn with help from James Gurney, Richard Prouse, and Andy Neal.

In the Foster’s Parking Lot:

Check onsite for show times

  • The Homespun MERRY-Go-ROUND

  • MICHAEL ROSMAN Wire Walking & Feats of Comedy

Scheduled Events


10:00am–4:00pm

CROWNS & BRANCHES WORKSHOP, Fire House

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!

  • CHILDREN: Before you leave the workshop be SURE to visit the Wish Lady. Make your wish 
for your family, your community and the world. Tie them in your branch.
  • ADULTS be sure to place Your wishes in the Peace Dove!
  • Parents: purchase your STARS so you can participate in the Children’s Star Celebration following the Parade.
  • Grab a flag for the Parade

11:00am

Bear Beauty Contest, Samuels


12:00pm

OPENING CEREMONY, Beekman Arms
  • Words Before All Else by Victorio “Roland” Moussa, Native American Blessing, Drumming and Song. Hear the Iroquois Story of the Hummingbird.
  • STORYTELLING by famed storyteller Jonathan Kruk. Hear the legend of St. Nicholas and Dutch New York, Hanukkah Stories, and a Hummingbird Tale.
  • ST. GEORGE and the DRAGON: A special performance!

12:30pm

The Magical Grumpus!, Town Hall


1:00pm

  • Hudson Valley Brass, Church of the Messiah
  • Mama Lama with their overflowing magic chest 
of exotic instruments, Reformed Church.
    Dog on Fleas, Town Hall. intelligent, gutsy music for kids & adults
  • One-ring Sintercirkus, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Upstate Film. Starring Ringmistress Philomena and Mr. Pennygaff.

1:00pm-5:00pm

TOY THEATRE, downstairs in the magical, secret underground venue in the Liberty Lounge
4 Big TINY Puppet SHOWS 
Continual performances all afternoon. Come be transported…

  • Classic Punch & Judy with Amy Trompetter
  • “Santa Klaus Hot Gekhalisht” from Great Small Works
  • “The Perils of Mr. Punch” from Modern Times Theater
  • “Hao Bang Ha, Horse!” from Chinese Theater Works

1:30

  • Betty and the Baby Boomers, Lutheran Church
  • Leela Puppet Theater, Beekman Arms. A Boisterous Rajasthani Marionette Circus
  • Mexico Beyond Mariachi, Reformed Church
  • Jenny Saturn Big Hula Hoop Show, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Upstate Films

2:00pm

  • Into The Light: Holiday Spectacular with Vanaver Caravan-Arm of the Sea, Church of the Messiah. A Holiday story of a Young Girl’s Journey throughout the World searching for the Light. Features Giant Puppets and music and dances from Holland, Sweden, Israel, Mexico, Ireland and more!
  • Hungry March Band, Town Hall
    Woodstock Renaissance, Reformed Church
  • Bard College Georgian Choir, Lutheran Church
  • Ivy Vine Players, Beekman Arms
  • One-ring Sintercirkus, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Upstate Film. Starring Ringmistress Philomena and Mr. Pennygaff.

2:30

  • St. George and the Dragon, Lutheran Church
  • Tom Hanford, Beekman Arms. Wassail, Wassail! Songs and Stories of the Season
  • Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra, Reformed Church
  • Rhinebeck Dance Center, Town Hall
  • Caprice Rouge, In the Bar at Liberty
  • Jenny Saturn Big Hula Hoop Show, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Upstate Films

3:00pm

  • Into The Light: Holiday Spectacular with Vanaver Caravan-Arm of the Sea, Church of the Messiah. A Holiday story of a Young Girl’s Journey throughout the World searching for the Light. Features Giant Puppets and music and dances from Holland, Sweden, Israel, Mexico, Ireland and more!
  • Winter Song Fest: Students of the graduate Vocal Arts Program of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, Reformed Church.
  • D’Amby Project, Town Hall
  • Community Music Space Young Performers, Lutheran Church
  • One-ring Sintercirkus, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Upstate Film. Starring Ringmistress Philomena and Mr. Pennygaff.
  • Roger the Jester, Mad Cap Fun!

3:30pm

  • Mexico Beyond Mariachi, Reformed Church
  • Storycrafters, Beekman Arms
  • Mary Ward & Co, Acting and Improv Studio, Lutheran Church
  • Mid-Hudson Mexican Folklife Ensemble, Town Hall
  • Jenny Saturn Big Hula Hoop Show, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Upstate Films

4:00pm

  • Into The Light: Holiday Spectacular with Vanaver Caravan-Arm of the Sea, Church of the Messiah. A Holiday story of a Young Girl’s Journey throughout the World searching for the Light. Features Giant Puppets and music and dances from Holland, Sweden, Israel, Mexico, Ireland and more!
  • Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra, Beekman Arms
    Raspberry Hill Players, Lutheran Church
  • School of Classical Indian Dance, Town Hall
  • Author Robert Sabuda, Pop-up Books Demo & Book Signing, Oblong Books. Experience the magic of the pop-up book with master pop-up book engineer and artist. He will talk about his new book The Dragon and The Knight: A Pop-Up Misadventure, the 20th Anniversary edition of his classic book The Christmas Alphabet!

4:30 pm

  • Solas En Lae, Town Hall
  • Leela Puppet Theater, Beekman Arms. A Boisterous Rajasthani Marionette Circus

5:00pm

  • Living Nativity, Reformed Church

5:30

  • Havdalah, 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.

6:00pm

CHILDREN’S STARLIGHT PARADE

Parade begins on West Market St. and proceeds through the Village & continues to the Municipal Lot for the Star Pageant. Gather along Market Street to watch the parade. After it passes fall in behind and join the parade. Follow along to the Pageant in the Municipal Lot.


6:30pm

PAGEANT & THE CHILDREN’S STAR CEREMONY

in the Municipal Parking Lot immediately following the Parade. ALL are requested to walk along at the end of the Parade to be a part of the Children’s Star Celebration featuring • Fire Juggling • The Blessing of the Hummingbird • 
On the Lam Band • The Peace Dove.


7:30pm

  • Wassail with Raya Brass Band: meet in front of Liberty for a raucous dance and music tour of a few of our local watering holes.

7:30- 9:00pm

  • The Hoedown, Town Hall. With John Kirk, Trish Miller & Quickstep. Great for Families!