Dutch holidays 2022 & 2023

Dutch holidays are regulated in collective agreements (CAO) and labour agreements so check your employer’s CAO or labour agreement to see what holidays are considered to be free days. If you work on a public holiday, you are (often) entitled to extra pay. Finally, as an employee, you are also entitled to holiday leave.

Types of Dutch holidays

Holidays in the Netherlands can be divided into three categories:

Dutch national holidays

There are two national holidays in the Netherlands: King’s Day (Koningsdag) and Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag).

Dutch public holidays

The commonly recognised public holidays in the Netherlands are the Dutch national holidays, New Year’s Day, and a few Christian holidays.

Please note that Good Friday is an official holiday in the Netherlands, but not everyone will be off from work. Please check with your employer or school whether you will have this day off.

Other holidays in the Netherlands

Additionally, the Netherlands also has a number of holidays that are not legally recognised (e.g. Sinterklaas).

School holidays in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, there is a school-free period of six weeks in the summer (zomervakantie) and two in the winter (kerstvakantie). In addition, schools also schedule holidays in:

  • Spring (voorjaarsvakantiecarnavalsvakantie or krokusvakantie)
  • May (meivakantie)
  • Autumn (herfstvakantie)

Find out more about the Dutch school holiday system.

Dutch holidays 2022

Dutch holidays 2022Date
New Year’s Day / NieuwjaarsdagJanuary 1
Good Friday / Goede VrijdagApril 15 
Easter Sunday / Eerste PaasdagApril 17
Easter Monday / Tweede PaasdagApril 18
King’s Day / KoningsdagApril 27
National Remembrance Day / DodenherdenkingMay 4 (not an official holiday)
Liberation Day / BevrijdingsdagMay 5 (official holiday every 5 years; next in 2025)
Ascension Day / HemelvaartsdagMay 26
Whit (Pentecost) Sunday / Eerste PinksterdagJune 5
Whit (Pentecost) Monday / Tweede PinksterdagJune 6
SinterklaasDecember 5 (not an official holiday)
Christmas Day / Eerste KerstdagDecember 25
Boxing Day / Tweede KerstdagDecember 26
New Year’s Eve / OudejaarsavondDecember 31 (not an official holiday)

Dutch holidays 2023

Dutch holidays 2023Date
New Year’s Day / NieuwjaarsdagJanuary 1
Good Friday / Goede VrijdagApril 7
Easter Sunday / Eerste PaasdagApril 9
Easter Monday / Tweede PaasdagApril 10
King’s Day / KoningsdagApril 27
National Remembrance Day / DodenherdenkingMay 4 (not an official holiday)
Liberation Day / BevrijdingsdagMay 5 (official holiday every 5 years; next in 2025)
Ascension Day / HemelvaartsdagMay 18
Whit (Pentecost) Sunday / Eerste PinksterdagMay 28
Whit (Pentecost) Monday / Tweede PinksterdagMay 29
SinterklaasDecember 5 (not an official holiday)
Christmas Day / Eerste KerstdagDecember 25
Boxing Day / Tweede KerstdagDecember 26
New Year’s Eve / OudejaarsavondDecember 31 (not an official holiday)

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