Holidays in the Netherlands 2021: when are the public, national, and school holidays?

Throughout the year, there are both time-honoured and cultural observances in the Netherlands — but when should you celebrate? No worries, we’ve got the full guide to 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 your phone, Google, or your mum reminds you.

Public holidays in the Netherlands in 2021

Whether you’re already looking forward to holidays or you are trying to find out when you can get a day off work, we’ve compiled a list of 2021 holidays in the Netherlands. Relax, sit 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

Wait, why didn’t we celebrate? Due to coronavirus, King’s Day and Liberation Day events were cancelled for 2021. Instead, the celebrations were televised.

Other noteworthy national dates

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

  • March 28: Daylight saving time — remember to set your clocks forward by one hour.
  • April 1: April Fools Day
  • May 4: National Remembrance Day
  • May 9: Mother’s Day (very important)
  • June 20: Father’s Day (just as important as Mother’s day!)
  • October 31: Daylight savings time ends — time to set your clocks back one hour.
  • December 5: Sinterklaas

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!

Any holiday is a good holiday, and we’re ready. And whether you’re planning on going home for the holidays or enjoying a staycation, don’t forget to grab your mark your calendar now that you have the dates. 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? Tell us in the comments below!

Feature Image: Kaboompics.com/Pexels

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in January 2021, and was fully updated in October 2021 for your reading pleasure.

Emma Brown
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.

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