Public holidays

Like every other country, the Netherlands has various public holidays and certain festivities are celebrated annually. You usually get time off work but not all of these days are official public holidays. Whether you get the day off can depend on your employer, so be sure to check. Shops, museums and attractions may be closed or close earlier and public transport timetables can change. In addition, schools have certain holidays which differ per region. Enjoy the holidays!

Official holidays 2020

  • 1 January: New Year’s Day
  • 10 April: Good Friday
  • 12 and 13 April: Easter
  • 27 April: King’s Day
  • 4 May: Remembrance Day*
  • 5 May: Liberation Day**
  • 30 May: Ascension Day
  • 31 May and 1 June: Whit Sunday and Whit Monday
  • 5 December: Sinterklaas*
  • 25 December: Christmas
  • 26 December: Boxing Day
  • 31 December: New Year’s Eve*

    * As this is not an official holiday, not everybody is given a day off work
    ** Only an official holiday once every five years

School Holidays

In the Netherlands, school holidays differ per region and the regions are divided into north, central and south. To avoid a holiday rush, each region has its own vacation schedule. Utrecht Region belongs to the central region. Please note that the Dutch government does not permit parents to take their children on vacation outside of the school holiday periods (exceptions apply). Discover the holiday schedule for 2019-2020.