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Public holidays

Public holidays


1      January  –  New Year’s Day

Easter Monday- date is different every year

27    April  –  King’s Day

Ascension Day Hemelvaart- date is different every year

Whit Monday 2e Pinksterdag- date is different every year

25    December  –  Christmas Day

26    December  –  2nd Christmas Day


School holidays


The Dutch government has divided the Netherlands into regions:  North, Central and South . The aim  is staggering the school holidays across the three regions is to control peaks in holiday traffic.

More information on school holidays is available on

Please keep in mind that international schools often have different holidays than Dutch schools and each international school has its own holiday calendar.