A good old bishop
Expect a slight delay of the Christmas decoration in some of Amsterdam’s best shops and department stores. The Dutch first celebrate what is believed to be Santa Claus’ precursor: Sinterklaas. And indeed, this mythical bishop bears quite a few resemblances to the frolic Christmas figure.
During the Sinterklaas fest, children leave their shoes near the chimney to find them filled with typical delicacies the next morning. So don’t forget to bring an extra pair of your prettiest shoes to Amsterdam between mid-November and December 5th. They could contain lots of deliciousness when waking up.