Meet Sinterklaas in Moscow

NANR and Nuffic Neso Russia warmly welcome you to attend our annual Sinterklaas celebration on 9 December.

Via secret communication, Sint has told us that he just loves coming back to Moscow. This trip is always “carved in stone” (a direct quote!) in his agenda and he is looking forward to meeting you all again.

This year we will watch “Mees Kees”, a family film about a young, whimsical new teacher, who is just a little bit shy. He takes everything that his students think that a school should be and turns them upside down. It has never been this much fun for the kids. But with rule-obsessed principal Dreus prowling the corridors and a school inspection coming up, how long can the fun last? Hilarious and charming, we hope that this lighthearted movie will put you in the holiday spirit. 

After the movie you will have the chance to take a photo with Sinterklaas himself. Hot chocolate, mulled wine and traditional Dutch pastries will be served to help us linger longer in the cozy holiday atmosphere.  

Sinterklaas has prepared a poetry competition for those that would like to delve deeper into Dutch traditions. The winners will be awarded an orange backpack with Dutch souvenirs. Read more about it below. 

Please note that due to enormous popularity we have to limit the number of participants this year, so click the “Join” button to let us know you are coming.

Dutch expats, Dutch students, students of Dutch language and those applying to Dutch universities for September 2017 can register here.


18:30     Guests arrive

19:00     Welcome words by Nuffic Neso Russia Director Jerke Verschoor

19:10     Movie screening

20:30     Sinterklaas arrives! 

21:00     Reception and photo shoot with Sint and Pieten

22:00     Reception ends

Sinterklaas poem competition

One tradition associated with Sinterklaas celebrations is the writing of a Sinterklaas poem for the person that you will give a present to. A poem “should” be kind in tone, but there is room to poke fun at the individual’s bad habits or character quirks. And, yes, your poem must rhyme. The typical rhyming scheme of a Sinterklaas poem is A, A, B, B.

To participate in the competition you should:

1. Write a Sinterklaas poem and send it to us no later than 8 December

  • The poem should be at least four lines long
  • It should be dedicated to Nuffic Neso Russia or NANR or both
  • The poem can be written in Russian, Dutch or English (Sinterklaas is very good at languages) 

2. Be registered at NANR and like our page on Facebook

The winner will get an awesome orange backpack with a set of Dutch-themed souvenirs. The winner will be announced by Sinterklaas himself during our celebration.

Send your poems to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This was last year’s winning poem:

I went to 'Nuffic Russia's course

To explore Dutch from the newest source.

I tried to learn it day and night

But this one thought was much too bright -

So I could think about one thing

That only Sinterklaas may bring:

"I want those lekker round smallies

I want to eat all olie-bollies!!!"

Someday this time at last will come

and I will learn my Dutch with calm!

Nadezhda Krokhina 2015



Meet Sinterklaas in Moscow

December, 9
18:30 - 22:00 Save to calendar

At Nuffic Neso Russia, Nikoloyamskaya, 1, Moscow Николоямская улица, 1, Москва, Россия, 109240

Posted by Anna Agaltsova


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