Public holidays

Public Holidays

  • 1 January: New Year’s Day
  • March/April: Easter
  • 27 April: King’s Day
  • 5 May: Liberation Day (it is a national holiday only every five years)
  • 40 days after Easter: Ascension Day
  • 7 weeks after Easter: Pentecost
  • 5 December: Saint Nicolas’ Eve
  • 25-26 December: Christmas

School Holidays

In the Netherlands, school holidays differ per region. Dutch schools and subsidized international schools in the Netherlands are divided into three regions: North, Central and South. To avoid a holiday rush, each region has its own vacation schedule. Utrecht Region belongs to the central region. 

Some school holidays such as the summer, Christmas and May vacations, are fixed. Since schools have the flexibility to extend the May holiday by one week and can deviate from the advised spring/autumn breaks, it always pays to check the precise dates with your school. 

Can I take my child on vacation outside of the school holiday periods? 

The Dutch government does not permit parents to take their children on vacation outside of the school holiday periods (exceptions apply). Parents who do this violate the Compulsary Education Law. 

King's day

The biggest celebration of the year takes place every year on April 27. This is ´King's day' in the Netherlands, and throughout the country, festivities take place, with everything and everyone decked out in the colour orange – the colour of the royal family, the ‘House of Orange’. One special aspect of King's day is de 'vrijmarkt', It is the one day per year that the public can set up shop on the streets without a trading licence. You can sell or buy all kinds of second-hand clothes, furniture, toys etc. 

In many Dutch cities, the King's Day festivities start the night before the actual holiday this is a special celebration called 'King's night'. Live shows and concerts are held on city squares and you can enjoy the festive atmosphere in many pubs and cafés that turn orange for the occasion.

Keep an eye on the next King's day event