12,000 Expected to Visit Small Hudson Valley Town Saturday
Thousands of people will be flocking to a small Hudson Valley village this Saturday and you might want to be there too.
Rhinebeck is usually overrun by tourists on the weekend, but Saturday's Sinterklaas Festival is expected to draw unprecedented crowds to the small Dutchess County community.
Sinterklaas is Rhinebeck's yearly holiday celebration that takes over the entire town with entertainers, 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 from all over are invited to participate. The day is focused mostly on children who are invited to decorate their own tree branches and become a "king or queen" for the day.
Kids are entertained throughout the day by tightrope walkers, storytellers, jugglers, musicians and other unique performers scattered throughout the village. At nightfall a huge illuminated parade takes over the streets with over-sized puppets, floats and music.
The Daily Freeman estimates that nearly 12,000 people are expected to visit this year, so if you go make sure you get there early and expect traffic delays. Those who visit the Dutchess County Fair know their own "shortcuts" to get into Rhinebeck and will want to use those back roads on Saturday.
You can find out more information about Sinterklaas and check out a schedule of events on their website.