A Dutch Christmas tradition, Sinterklaas is a festival and parade in the beautiful village of Rhinebeck. Mounted on a white steed, Sinterklaas is the "predecessor" of Santa Claus, accompanied by the Grumpus, a wild looking half-man, half-beast. A day-long, colorful celebration that features children’s workshops, dance, theatre and music all over the village of Rhinebeck. Don’t miss the Dancing Bear, the Pocket Lady, and Mother Holly. The spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade at 6:00 pm, featuring two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers, closes the day at twilight. A non-denominational event, Sinterklaas joins residents and visitors alike, people of all ages and backgrounds, in a memorable celebration of children, art, and the light of the winter season.