Holidays in the Netherlands 2022: when are the public, national, and school holidays?

Throughout the year, there are holidays of cultural, religious and historical significance in the Netherlands — but when should you officially celebrate? No worries, we’ve got the full guide to all public, national, and school holidays in the Netherlands for 2022.

So, get ready to jot some of these dates down in your calendar — you surely don’t want to miss King’s Day in the Netherlands or have your mom remind you about Mother’s Day. 😅

Public holidays in the Netherlands in 2022

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 official holidays in the Netherlands for this year. Relax, sit back, sharpen your pencil, and grab your agenda.

  • January 1, 2022: New Year’s Day
  • April 15, 2022: Good Friday
  • April 17, 2022: Easter Sunday
  • April 18, 2022: Easter Monday
  • April 27, 2022: King’s Day
  • May 5, 2022: Liberation Day
  • May 26, 2022: Ascension Day
  • June 5, 2022: Pentecost
  • December 25, 2022: Christmas day
  • December 26, 2022: Second day of Christmas

Other noteworthy national dates

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

  • March 27, 2022: Daylight saving time — remember to set your clocks forward by one hour. ⏰
  • April 1, 2022: April Fools Day
  • May 4, 2022: National Remembrance Day
  • May 8, 2022: Mother’s Day (very important)
  • June 19, 2022: Father’s Day (just as important as Mother’s day!)
  • October 30, 2022: Daylight savings time ends — time to set your clocks back one hour.
  • December 5, 2022: Sinterklaas

School holidays in the Netherlands

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

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

Spring holiday 2022 (voorjaarsvakantie, carnavalsvakantie, or krokusvakantie)

  • North: February 19 – 27, 2022
  • Central: February 26 – March 6, 2022
  • South: February 26 – March 6, 2022

May holidays 2022 (meivakantie)

  • North: April 30 – 8 May, 2022
  • Central: April 30 – 8 May, 2022
  • South: April 30 – 8 May, 2022

Summer holidays 2022

  • North: July 16 – August 28, 2022
  • Central: July 9 – August 21, 2022
  • South: July 23 – September 4, 2022

Autumn holidays 2022 (herfstvakantie)

  • North: October 15 – 23, 2022
  • Central: October 22 – 30, 2022
  • South: October 22 – 30, 2022

Christmas break 2022

  • North: December 24, 2022 – January 8, 2023
  • Central: December 24, 2022 – January 8, 2023
  • South: December 24, 2022 – January 8, 2023

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!

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

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in January 2021, and was fully updated in April 2022 for your reading pleasure.

Emma Brown
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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  1. You’ve forgotten to inform that Dutch companies decide on which public holidays will be non-working. The list above doesn’t apply to everyone, it’s different per company. Also, number of Dutch holidays compared to other countries, Austria with 15, Germany with 14 non-working days… 😉


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