Arrival of St Nicholas, Amsterdam

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Arrival of Santa Claus
Arrival of Santa Claus © Wouter Engler

Arrival of St Nicholas

Travellers who visit Amsterdam with kids in November should catch the annual appearance of Santa Claus. He usually arrives on a ship three weeks before the celebration begins, and rides a white horse to Dam Square. His coming is a festive occasion, when musical bands liven up the atmosphere, and are accompanied by animals, clowns and acrobats - much to the delight of children. The true story of Santa Claus dates back to the 3rd century, when the Bishop of Myra, St Nicholas, dedicated his life to helping the poor and needy. The passing centuries gave rise to many legends and stories about St Nicholas, though he remains best known for giving presents to children. Visitors can see many puppet shows, arts and crafts stalls and theatrical performances in honour of his visit.

Venue: Central Station, Amsterdam
Date: 17 November 2019