. The event kicks off November 21 at Old Dutch Church in Kingston with a silent auction for holiday décor and a cocktail reception, featuring traditional Dutch dishes. On November 23, Kingston’s A Night in Bloom Florist in the Shirt Factory hosts a Crowns & Branches workshop where kids can crown themselves with branches decked in jewelry, ribbon, glitter, and lace to emulate the king and queens that accompanied Sinterklaas. Guests will take to the streets of Kingston on November 30 at 11am, marching with giant puppets, stars, fish, and flags down Broadway. The festival features music, food, arts, crafts, and antiques in the open shops. Sinterklaas will then take a tugboat across the Hudson to Rhinebeck where the celebration concludes on December 7 with another parade and celebration ending with a tree lighting at dusk. (845) 339-4280.
The Hudson Valley’s Dutch heritage revisits each year in the form of Saint Nicholas, or