Written by Kaylyn Bodden

Sinterklaas Arrival Parade

Sinterklaas arriving in The Netherlands for the Sint Nicolaas festival

Sinterklaas, or Sanikolas in Papiamentu, is a Dutch character loved by children and adults alike. His arrival in Amsteram in mid-November each year traditionally marks the official start of the city’s festive season. In the Dutch islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, Sinterklaas also makes an appearance.

Each November, Sinterklaas travels from his home in Spain to the Netherlands, bringing presents and special treats for children. Though they might be far, he doesn’t miss the Dutch islands off his list.

The Sinterklaas Arrival and Parade is set to take place in Aruba and Bonaire on Tuesday 5th December from 9am to 2pm.

Thousands of children welcome Sinterklaas as he arrives by steamboat from Spain at the Aruba Ports Authority. As soon as he arrives, he parades through L.G. Smith Boulevard to Havenstraat and finishes at the Census office. During the parade, you can expect many activities, music and animators.

Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Piet will then visit the islands for two weeks. Children will leave their shoes out in a private place, and if they have been good, he will leave presents for them in their shoes on his special day.

Unlike Saint Nicholas, Sinterklaas visits on 5th December each year, before returning to Spain. And if you have been naughty, the legend has it that children will be stuffed into one of Piet’s sacks and carried back to Spain to become a Zwarte Piet.

For more information on Christmas traditions in Aruba and Bonaire, please visit https://www.infobonaire.com/ and https://www.visitaruba.com/

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