When are public, national and school holidays in the Netherlands in 2021? It’s a new year that brings with it both time-honoured and cultural observances.

We’ve got the full guide of all public, national and school holidays in the Netherlands 2021. So mark your calendars and continue celebrating every single chance you get, instead of being surprised when their phone, Google, or your mum reminds you.

But first of all, a quick note about coronavirus. Of course, the situation surrounding COVID-19 in the Netherlands, and all over the world, is unprecedented.

We’re not quite sure how it will affect public holidays in 2021 at this point in time, but we’ve done our best to give you the most up-to-date information on the situation.

Public holidays in the Netherlands in 2021

Whether you’re already looking forward to holidays or you are trying to find out when your next day off work is arriving, we’ve compiled a list of 2021 holidays in the Netherlands. Relax, kick back, sharpen your pencil and grab your agenda.

  • January 1, 2021: New Year’s Day
  • April 2, 2021: Good Friday
  • April 4, 2021: Easter Sunday
  • April 5, 2021: Easter Monday
  • April 27, 2021: King’s Day
  • May 5, 2021: Liberation Day
  • May 13, 2021: Ascension Day
  • May 23-24, 2021: Pentecost
  • December 25, 2021: Christmas
  • December 26, 2021: Second of day of Christmas
What’s changing here as a result of coronavirus?

  • We don’t recommend making travel plans for 2021, especially for the Easter holidays.
  • King’s Day and Liberation Day events were cancelled in 2020, and may be this year as well.

Other noteworthy national dates

Even if they’re not national days off they’re certainly just as important.

  • March 28: Daylight saving time — clocks go forward one hour
  • April 1: April Fools Day
  • May 4: National Remembrance Day
  • May 9: Mothers Day (very important)
  • June 20: Fathers Day (just as important as mother’s day)
  • October 31: Daylight savings time ends — clocks go back one hour
  • December 5: Sinterklaas
What is changing here as a result of coronavirus?

  • No changes have been announced yet.

School holidays in the Netherlands

Dates include primary, secondary and special education — independent schools have their own personal dates set.

When it comes to school holidays in the Netherlands it’s key to remember that most periods are divided into three regions (North, Middle, South), this way the whole country doesn’t go on holiday the same week.

Furthermore, when booking tickets, also double-check if the dates of the elementary and high school are the same.


Spring holiday 2021 (voorjaarsvakantie, carnavalsvakantie or krokusvakantie)

  • North: February 20-28, 2021
  • Central: February 20-28, 2021
  • South: February 13-21, 2021

May holidays 2021 (meivakantie)

  • North: May 1-9, 2021
  • Central: May 1-9, 2021
  • South: May 1-9, 2021

Summer holidays 2021

  • North: July 10-August 22, 2021
  • Central: July 17-August 29, 2021
  • South: July 24-September 5 , 2021

Autumn holidays 2021 (herfstvakantie – nice word! )

  • North: October 16-24, 2021
  • Central: October 16-24, 2021
  • South: October 23-31, 2021

Christmas break 2021

  • North: December 25, 2021-January 9, 2022
  • Central:December 25, 2021-January 9, 2022
  • South: December 25, 2021-January 9, 2022

Note: the above dates come from the Ministry for Education, but individual schools may have slight deviations. We advise double-checking dates with your school before booking tickets!

How will coronavirus impact school holidays?

  • School holidays in the Netherlands in 2020 were heavily impacted by coronavirus. The same may occur in 2021.

Any holiday is a good holiday, we’re ready.  Don’t forget to grab your diaries and start planning your holidays. Also, don’t forget to triple check with your child’s school – just in case they alter their holiday days slightly.

What will you be doing over the school holidays? Letting the kids escape, or escaping the kids? Let us know in the comments below!

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