Sinterklaas arrives in each town on a steamboat packed with gifts. He’s easy to spot, with a long white beard, red cloak and flanked by his assistants the Zwarte Pieten (Black Peters), who help him as he gives out presents.
Onlookers are treated to a spectacle as Sinterklaas parades through the centre of town on his white horse, Amerigo, while the Zwarte Pieten throw small ginger biscuits to the crowd.
You’ll also find the country’s bakeries overflowing with treats like gingerbread men, spiced biscuits, marzipan and chocolate letters. Delicious!