A few more days and then Santa Claus and his helpers are back in the country. The good saint is arriving in Apeldoorn this year. The municipality expects between 20,000 and 30,000 visitors. What do you need to know when you go to the entry?
The Sinterklaas entry in short
- Start: Station Square, noon
- End time: Raadhuisplein, 1.15 p.m.
- Accessibility: train runs according to timetable, buses according to an adjusted timetable and several streets are closed to traffic
According to various news media, this year Sint and Piet break with a tradition and arrive by steam train instead of steamboat. The municipality of Apeldoorn cannot confirm this to NU.nl. It is certain that the entry will officially start at 12.00 on Stationsplein. There, the good saint is received by mayor Petra van Wingerden-Boers and he starts his procession with his helpers.
The walk takes you along Stationsstraat, Stationsdwarsstraat, Hoofdstraat and ends at Raadhuisplein. Here Sinterklaas is sung by the audience under the direction of a band. Along the way there are three stops: at the Onze Lieve Vrouwenkerk, the Bongoplein and the Raadhuisplein. The Pieten hand out grit and for children with a gluten allergy there are gluten-free ginger nuts.
The tour ends with a performance on the Raadhuisplein at 1.15 p.m. Sinterklaas then moves into his work castle, but the party in Apeldoorn continues for a while. There will be a Pepernotenparty from 4 p.m. to 5.15 p.m., where the party band will once again play all Sinterklaas hits. This free entrance party takes place on the Raadhuisplein.
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The city center of Apeldoorn is used as an event site on Saturday until 6 pm. This event area is accessible via sixteen access gates that the municipality places in the city center. Once on the site, certain house rules apply. For example, visitors are not allowed to bring alcohol or wear clothing that covers their faces.
Protesters for or against the preservation of Zwarte Piet are welcome to come and demonstrate. This is possible at three designated places along the route. Protesters may not wear balaclavas or carry banners.
The municipality places concrete blocks on the roads leading to the route to prevent incidents. Below you can see which streets are closed to traffic.
Additional signage to the parking facilities is provided for the Saint Nicholas entry. You can park the car in the Q-Park de Oranjerie parking garages (3.33 euros per hour), Brinkpark (0.97 euros per hour) or Museum Center (3.10 euros per hour). All these garages are within walking distance of the Sinterklaas route.
The trains to and from Apeldoorn station run according to the normal timetable. From the station you can easily walk into the city center. Whoever comes by bus must take into account an adjusted timetable; the bus does not pass the Amaliapark and Hoofdstraat stops. Sinterklaas visitors can best get off at Markt and walk from there to the entrance of the festival site at the old post office.
These streets are closed for traffic on Saturday
- Station Square
- main Street
- Town hall square
Heavy rain showers are expected during the Sinterklaas entry, but the sun also breaks through occasionally. It will be a maximum of 6 degrees and there is a 30 percent chance of rain.