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Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas)

Celebrating Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) is a hearth warming Dutch tradition. In the weeks between his arrival and 5 December, children put their shoes next to the fireplace chimney of the coal-fired stove or fireplace. The next day, they find some candy or a small present in their shoes. However, the 5 th of December is the chief occasion for gift-giving during Sinterklaas and the winter holiday season, as this is when ‘Pakjesavond’ ("gifts evening", or literally "packages evening") takes place. On this evening, Sinterklaas brings presents to all children.


If it is up to Aartsen Kids Foundation, Sinterklaas cannot miss a single house – or shoe. Therefore, together with CJG Breda and Breda’s primary schools, Aartsen Kids Foundation surprises lots of children with a nice present (in their shoe). This offers children an unforgettable surprise for a fun ‘pakjesavond’ at home.