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Arrival of St Nicholas

If you are travelling to Amsterdam with kids in November witnessing the arrival of Santa Claus in the city is a must. The true story of Santa Claus began in the 3rd century when St Nicholas (the Bishop of Myra) dedicated his life to helping the poor and needy. Through the centuries many stories and legends have been told about St Nicholas' life and deeds, but he is best known today for giving presents to children. His birthday is commemorated on 6 December and three weeks before he arrives in Amsterdam on a ship and rides a white horse to Dam Square. The arrival of St Nicholas is a festive occasion: musical bands and Black Peters accompany him on bicycles with acrobats, clowns and animals to entertain the children, and there are many theatrical performances, puppet shows and arts and crafts stalls in honour of his visit. About 300,000 people line the streets to greet the famous saint every year and it is a big occasion on the calendar of children's events in the Netherlands. For more information contact the Amsterdam Tourist Office on +31 (0)20 551 2525 or email info@amsterdamtourist.nl

Venue: Central Station, Amsterdam

Date: 16 November 2014

Website: www.stnicholascenter.org