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 national holidays 2021

  • 1 January: New Year’s Day
  • 2 April: Good Friday*
  • 4 and 5 April: Easter
  • 27 April: King’s Day
  • 5 May: Liberation Day**
  • 13 May: Ascension Day
  • 23 and 24 May: Whit Sunday and Whit Monday
  • 25 and 26 December: Christmas

* This is an official holiday, but not everybody is off from work

** Only an official holiday once every five years

Official national holidays 2022

  • 1 January: New Year’s Day
  • 15 April: Good Friday*
  • 17 and 18 April: Easter
  • 27 April: King’s Day
  • 5 May: Liberation Day**
  • 26 May: Ascension Day
  • 5 and 6 June: Whit Sunday and Whit Monday
  • 25 and 26 December: Christmas

* This is an official holiday, but not everybody is off from 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).