Sinterklaas in Sesamstraat is the title of special holiday episodes of Sesamstraat about Sinterklaas visiting the street accompanied by his good friends, the Zwarte Pieten (Black Petes), annually broadcast on 5 December. It was the idea of Aart Staartjes, actor, contributing editor and one of the directors of Sesamstraat to create these episodes.
The 1988 special aired again as a rerun in 1989 when at the last minute, the tape of that year's special turned out to be missing. Since then, special care was taken in protecting – and copying – the specials.
The annual specials were cut due to budgetary reasons in 2005, but there are four episodes broadcasted on 1, 2, 3, and 4 December, and a compilation on 5 December. In 2010, there were eighteen special Sint episodes televised in the weeks before the compilation episode.
A new Sinterklaas episode was planned for 5 December 2011, but was cancelled at the last minute due to a live policital broadcast.
- 1987. Various things happen as Sinterklaas visits the street for the first time. Tommie, Ieniemienie and Pino argue over a toy brochure, Aart shows Sinterklaas all the shoes that he got disappointing presents in, Gerda takes a moment to explain that black people don't like to be referred to as one of Sinterklaas' helpers, and the gang is afraid that Sinterklaas has hurt himself.
- 1988 and 1989. Granny wants to come along with Sinterklaas to Spain
- 1990. Tommie, Pino and Ieniemienie give away their old toys and pretend to be poor children
- 1991. Tommie and Ieniemienie solve the mystery of a lost sack.
- 1992. Tommie, Ieniemienie and Pino run away as Nephew Rik almost ruins the party.
- 1993. Sinterklaas is ill.
- 1994. Zwarte Piet falls of the roof and hurts his ankle.
- 1995. Sinterklaas is lost after he fell from his horse.
- 1996. Meneer Aart buys all chocolate letters from Sinterklaas and is afraid he'll be angry.
- 1997. Pino runs away after Aart makes a joke about him
- 1998. Hoofdpiet lost his plush toy and is very tired.
- 1999. Sinterklaas is invited for a romantic diner with a charming lady in question.
- 2000. Elvan is a new Piet for Sinterklaas.
- 2001. A lot of strange shoes appear in Sesamstraat.
- 2002. Hoofdpiet wrapped up the mitre of Sinterklaas.
- 2003. There is no present for the new kid Purk.
- 2004. Ieniemienie solves the mystery of a strange letter to Sinterklaas
- 2005. The house of Sinterklaas is deconstructed, so he stays in Sesamstraat. (loose clips)
- 2006. Sinterklaas lost his book; it's hidden in Sesamstraat. (loose clips)
- 2007. (unknown)
- 2008. (unknown)
- 2009. (unknown)
- 2010. (several)
- 2011 and 2012. Nobody knows where Sinterklaas is, not even his Pieten.
Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet
- Sinterklaas – Bram van der Vlugt (1987–2010), Stefan de Walle (2011–present)
- Hoofdpiet – Frits Lambrechts (1987–1990, 1992–1993), Erik de Vogel (1994–1995, 1997), Erik van Muiswinkel (2006–2010)
- Wegwijspiet – Michel Kerbosch (1987–2005)
- Sorrypiet – Marc-Marie Huijbregts (2007)
- Wellespiet – Dick van den Toorn (2008–2010)
- Balonnenpiet – Peter Lusse (2010)
- Pietje Precies – Bob Fosko (2011–present)
- (Nameless) Zwarte Piet – Marc Nochem (2011–present)
- Vergeetpiet – John Jones (2012)
- Huispiet – Maarten Wansink (2012)
Human Sesamstraat residents
- Sien – Sien Diels (1987–present)
- Frank – Frank Groothof (1987–present)
- Paula – Paula Sleyp (1987–2008)
- Lex – Lex Goudsmit (1987–1999)
- Meneer Aart – Aart Staartjes (1987–present)
- Gerda/Peetje – Gerda Havertong (1987–present)
- Hakim – Hakim Traïdia (1987–present)
- Lot – Lot Lohr (1988–present)
- Rik – Rik Hoogendoorn (1992–2006)
- Elvan – Elvan Akyildiz (1997–present)
- Buurman Baasje – Martin van Waardenberg (2002–present)
- Arjan – Arjan Smit (2008–present)
- Mamoun – Mamoun Elyounoussi (20??–present)