On holiday in the Netherlands? Check the special dates in our calendar!
King’s Day – April 27
It’s the birthday of our king, Willem Alexander. The Netherlands have a day off. Sometimes the party starts already the night before. The people like to celebrate it with selling their superfluous stuff on the street or have a few drinks. At this event, and when our national soccer team plays, we like to dress up in orange, the colour of our monarch.
Liberation Day – May 5
On that day in 1945 the war in the Netherlands ended. It’s celebrated every year with festivals.
Vierdaagse Nijmegen – Third week of July
4 days of walking around the city of Nijmegen accompanied with all kinds of festivities.
Early September – Start cultural season
With outdoor performances in major cities.
Day of the Open Monument – September second weekend
Thousands of monuments are open to the public free of charge.
December 5 – Sinterklaasavond
It’s a Dutch tradition to sit around with family and friends and see what kind of presents the ‘Sint’ has brought along for you. Most people get presents accompanied with relevant info about them in rhyme that you have to read out loud. You can also get your present packed in a ‘surprise’. Then it is packed in a funny way. Some are also sent on a search expedition to find their present. But with a bite in a chocolate letter of your first name or a gingerbread man it’s easily forgotten.