10,000 people are expected to visit the small Hudson Valley town on December 4

A small village in the Hudson Valley is preparing to welcome thousands of visitors for a frenzied party.

Last year, many events in the Hudson Valley were canceled. From Poughkeepsie to Kingston and Newburgh to Middletown, parades, fireworks, town festivals and more have been postponed in hopes of returning in 2021. Unfortunately, after the rise of the delta variant, many Holiday events and activities are still canceled this year.

A big celebration, however, has now been given the green light and is expected to draw over 10,000 people to the quiet little village of Rhinebeck. On Wednesday, the organizers of the Sinterklaas festival announced that the event will return this year after taking time off last year.

Yes, Sinterklaas is happening this year. Live and in person, Saturday December 4th, join us in the village of Rhinebeck.

Chuck Merrihew for Townsquare Media of the Hudson Valley

Sinterklaas is Rhinebeck’s annual holiday celebration that takes over the city with artists, music and holiday decorations. Based on Dutch traditions, Sinterklaas is a unique Christmas experience that is primarily aimed at children.

The entire event, including all activities, is completely free. Donations fund 100% of the entertainment and families everywhere are invited to participate. The day is mainly focused on children who are invited to decorate their own tree branches and become a “king or queen” for the day.

The majority of Sinterklaas activities take place outdoors, however, there are many indoor attractions which are usually crowded with people. In years past, the craft area where kids can make their own branches and wreaths for the parade has been neck and neck with families. Other events, like storytelling in the Beekman Arms, have also been incredibly crowded with children crammed together on the floor watching performers, while adults are in a standing-only situation.

It’s unclear if any changes to these events will be announced, but Sinterklaas encourages those interested to attend this year’s visit their website for updates and more information. We found no mention of the health and safety measures taken.

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