Public holidays

Schools, city councils, post offices and banks are closed the whole day on official public holidays. Queen's Day on 30 April is a massive celebration in Amsterdam. Sinterklaas on 5 December is a traditional Dutch holiday which is typically celebrated at home.

  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • Easter Sunday and Easter Monday
  • Queen's Day (Konninginnedag April 30): The birthday of former Queen Wilhelmina is celebrated with massive parties and the biggest streetmarket all over the Netherlands, everyone can have a stand on the street for free on Queen's Day. The night before is celebrated as Konninginnenacht with thousands of parties and events to go to.
  • National Remembrance Day (Nationale Dodenherdenking May 5): not an official public holiday but the Dutch since 1945 remember the dead who fell in the WWII quite seriously, so keep down your music that day. Join members of the Dutch Royal Family for the 2 minutes of silence during the ceremony at 8 pm at the Dam Square of Amsterdam.
  • Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag May 5): official holiday every five years, next is 2015. The day commemorates the German army's surrender on 5 May 1945 and the liberation of the country
  • Sinterklaas (December 5): not an official public holiday but this is the Dutch "Christmas". People head home earlier for the evening to prepare, Dutch children get their presents that evening 
  • Christmas Day and Boxing Day (December 24 - 25): Christmas Day is celebrated with good food and family fun. There are plenty classical Christmas concerts, iceskating ranks and some Christmas markets events:

 

Updated: 11.10.2012