Christmas in the Netherlands


I’ll be doing one post a day highlighting a different country that one of YOU sent me information about. Next up for Christmas around the world Kim and Esther from Netherlands shares the traditions and customs of the holidays in their country.  Thank you for adding to the magic of the season!

We had the privilege of being in Amsterdam this time of year last year to celebrate the traditions of the Netherlands! You can watch our family Vlog of our experience here!  One of the best traditions we experienced is Sinterklaas! Dutch tradition says that Sinterklass (St. Nicholas) lives in Madrid, Spain and every year he chooses a different harbour to arrive in Holland, so as many children as possible get a chance to see him arrive by boat. On Dec 5th children leave their shoes out by the fireplace or sometimes a windowsill for Sinterklass to fill with treats and presents. Dec. 6th is St. Nicks Birthday! Traditionally he leaves you a chocolate letter that corresponds to the first letter of your name, other Dutch treats along with presents. On December 25th there are no presents, it is a family day. We personally celebrate St. Nick’s Birthday with our own children, but every year Sinterklass leaves an ornament in their shoe if they are on track to being on the ‘nice list’ or a lump of coal if they’re on the ‘naughty list’.



A traditional meal many families eat is Gourmet. They are little baked tins called gourmetstel in different shapes. Everyone has their own pan to fill with either meat, fish, pizza, pancakes, or vegetables to bake.


Hope you found this fun and insightful! As they say in Dutch Zalig Kerstfeest!

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  • Ashli Barnes
    Posted at 21:02h, 05 December Reply

    I’m loving this! I do holidays around the world with my class every year, and this has been so fun to add to what we already do; thanks for sharing!

  • Marinus Hartman
    Posted at 21:03h, 05 December Reply

    I’m a fan of Sinterklaas and I’m 20 years old 🤗😂

  • Emily Duckworth
    Posted at 21:04h, 05 December Reply

    I have been loving reading about these traditions! Thank you for sharing!

  • Eline
    Posted at 21:05h, 05 December Reply

    Love all the different traditions you describe! 🤗 But can I give a little comment? Sinterklaas is just a different celebration. It’s not Christmas, and most children do get presents with christmas (25 & 26 december)! 🎁🎁

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