Sint arrivals 2019 – Haarlem Area

Published on 15 November 2019

Sinterklaas will arrive in The Netherlands on November 16th! This year the official national arrival will be in Apeldoorn. Looking at the recap of Sinterklaas arrivals you might wonder how on earth Sint and his team can be in so many cities or villages at the same time or day? Well you see, Sinterklaas has ‘hulp sinterklazen’, Sinterklaas assistants who are dressed just like him. By having these assistants Sinterklaas wants to make sure that every kid in The Netherlands will get his attention. Not that the kids are aware of this all… 😉 For them there is just one Sinterklaas.

A recap of Sinterklaas arrivals in the Haarlem Area


Sint will arrive Sunday, November 17th in the lovely city of Haarlem by boat, named Pakjesboot 13. Pakjesboot 13, that means this is the 12th boat loaded with gifts for the kids. Wow!

After a boat trip over the river Spaarne, Sint will disembark at Koudenhorn. From here, a tour on his horse Ozosnel, will start, slowly into the direction of the Grote Markt. At 2 p.m. mayor Wienen will welcome Sinterklaas with a speech.

Tip: Please come by bike or public transport to the city center. Walking into city center is even better. Due to the tour, some roads into city center might be blocked for several hours.


On Saturday, November 16th, Sinterklaas will arrive at the Herfstlaan, near the mill. At 12.30 p.m. Sint and his entourage will walk into the direction of the city hall. Here, mayor Astrid Nienhuis will welcome Sinterklaas at 12.45 p.m. There even will be a balcony scene.

After that, kids can meet Sinterklaas in person, shake hands and hand their drawings or wish list over to Sint or one of his Pieten.

On Sunday,November 17th, you can see Sinterklaas in action on a rooftop in the Jan van Goyenstraat! At 4.30 p.m. a bus with a Pieten band will drive into the street. Time to party! Kids can rehearse Sinterklaas songs together with the band. And finally Sinterklaas will appear on the rooftop of SPRING Heemstede.


On Saturday, November 16th, Sinterklaas and his entourage will arrive by train at the platform of the lovely train station of Overveen at 3.40 p.m.

The festivities in this charming village already start at 3.15  p.m. At that time the Pietenband named The MeloPieten will arrive to practise some Sinterklaas songs with the kids. They are easy to find, you’ll hear the music from a distance.

At about 3.30 p.m. the band, the kids, (grand)parents and the mayor of municipality Bloemendaal, mr. Roest, will walk to the train station to welcome Sinterklaas. After that, kids can shake hands with Sinterklaas.


Sinterklaas will arrive in Hoofddorp on Sunday, November 17th. He will be welcomed by mayor Marianne Schuurmans-Wijdeven at the stage at Raadhuisplein. Than a tour into the city center will start. The tour ends at Hoofdorp On Ice.

Festivities end at 4 p.m.


On Saturday, November 16th, Sinterklaas will arrive by boat in the harbour of Hillegom. At 11 a.m. a tour through Hillegom will start. The mayor of Hillegom will welcome Sint and his entourage in de Hoftuin at 11.30 a.m.

At 11.40 a.m. there will be a Pieten disco for the kids. This will end at noon.











On May 4th, people in the Netherlands pay their respect to all victims who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the beginning of Worl War II by a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

This year a commemoration with the public is possible again.

National Commemoration

Every year at 7:50 p.m., the National Commemoration will take place on Amsterdam’s Dam Square.

King Alexander and Queen Maxima will walk through a veterans’ guard to lay a wreath on behalf of all citizens of The Netherlands. After this ceremony, there will be a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

Furthermore, public transport and road traffic will come to a standstill.



The main commemoration will start in the St. Bavo Church at the Grote Markt.

A silent march will start at the church, Riviervismarkt side, and ends at the Dreef. Here, victims of war will be commemorated by laying wreaths at the memorial of ‘Man in front of the firing squad.’

Commemorations will also take place on the Westergracht, Burgemeester Reinaldapark and Jan Gijzenbrug.

The full program can be found on this website.


Eerebegraafplaats Bloemendaal in Overveen

One of the many honorary cemeteries can be found in the Kennemer Dunes at the Zeeweg in Overveen.

This cemetery was consecrated on November 27th, 1945, by the reburial of Hannie Schaft, a famous Dutch Resistance fighter.

Three hundred seventy-two resistance fighters were re-buried at this cemetery.

Silent march to the memorial cemetery

From 6 p.m. to p.m 6:40 p.m. a memorial service will be held in the building of ‘Publieke Werken’ on the Brouwerskolkweg in Overveen
This service is open to relatives of the fallen and all who are interested.

6:40 p.m. set up of silent march right after the roundabout, corner Brouwerskolk – Zeeweg.

6:55 p.m. start of the silent march to the memorial cemetery

8 p.m. 2 minutes of silence

The silent march is a tribute to the fallen and thoughts about freedom and peace.

On May 4th, people can visit the cemetery between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. As of 7 p.m., the cemetery will be closed at 7 p.m.



Dutch flags will fly half-mast from 6 p.m. until sunset on government buildings. The same rule applies to citizens. For them, this rule is not a directive.

Broadcast on tv

NOS will broadcast the national commemoration ceremony live from 7:50 p.m. on NPO.