Sinterklaas Eve


Join us for an evening of Dutch holiday traditions as we celebrate Sinterklaas Eve. The festivities begin at 6:00 pm with Dutch lantern making, crafts and storytelling at the Holland Area Arts Council (150 E 8th Street). Dutch lanterns are available to the first 300 children beginning at 6:00 pm while supplies last. 

Just after 7:00 pm, families head outside with their lanterns to join Sinterklaas on his white horse, leading the procession down 8th Street to the Kerstmarkt, an open-air holiday market. 

Activities at the Kerstmarkt include a special welkom, photo opportunities and holiday shopping.  A large portion of this event is outdoors, so please dress warm and bring your holiday cheer!

A 501(c)3 non-profit, Tulip Time works hard to keep this long-standing Holland tradition in our community.  A small donation of $3 per child is requested, but not required.  There are opportunities to purchase treats, warm beverages and holiday items at the Kerstmarkt.  

Thank you to our supporters:

Lacy, Sinterklaas’ iconic white horse, comes to us from TopCrest Stables in Zeeland, Michigan.  Lacy is a Hero Herd horse for Camp Casey, a non-profit organization that provides cost-free horseback riding programs to children with cancer and rare blood disorders in Southeast and West Michigan.  

We are thankful for their support and involvement in our Holland tradition, and encourage our community to look into Camp Casey’s mission as they expand their services into West Michigan.


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Holland Area Arts Council
150 East 8th Street
Holland, MI 49423
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