You don’t have to wait until December to get in the Christmas spirit if you’re coming to spend some time with Amsterdam escorts. In Amsterdam, one of the biggest celebrations of the year happens in the middle of November. It is known as the Arrival of Saint Nicholas, which is the basis for the legend of Santa Claus. It’s a huge spectacle, and being a part of it can be a thrilling time, really showing you a lot about Dutch culture and Christmas cheer.
It begins when someone portraying Saint Nicholas actually sails into the harbor. Here, the boat is greeted by throngs of people. Everything has a quaint, old-world vibe to it. When Saint Nicholas gets off of the boat, complete with a cadre of servants and assistants, he gets on the back of a stunning white horse. The whole procession then takes to the streets, riding along in a grand parade.
Think this is just a small-time parade? Think again. In actuality, there are hundreds of people in the parade, performing all manner of feats. There are around 10 different marching bands, playing traditional songs and Christmas music. When servants were mentioned before, you may have imagined a dozen people, but there are actually 5,000. This is a huge event, on par with New Year’s Eve.
Thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children are going to flock to the streets, and you and the Amsterdam escort can be among them. The people in the parade are going to throw candy, and they typically go through about five tons of it. That’s in the realm of 10,000 pounds of candy. The parade does not stop until it gets to the center of the city, where the mayor is waiting. There is then a huge ceremony where the mayor and Saint Nicholas greet each other.
This whole event does not really end, though the parade does. This is the official start of the shopping season in Amsterdam, so people are going to be out and about. Everything has a very happy, festive atmosphere, with warm food and drinks, sales in all of the little shops, Christmas music playing almost everywhere, and people generally having a great time. Saint Nicholas then “runs” the city all the way until the 5th of December. The 6th is known as Saint Nicholas Day when gifts are exchanged. Of course, the festivities do not really die down until after the New Year, but this three-week period is one of the most exciting all year long.
As you can imagine, you and the Amsterdam escorts will find that all of your favorite local hotspots are going to play right along with the festival. The bars, clubs, coffee shops, and other establishments will be decorated and warmly lit all the way through Christmas. If you’re coming any time after the middle of November through the first of the year, you can expect the Christmas spirit to be permeating the town.