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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. Nobody knows where Sinterklaas is, not even his pieten.

Cast (1987-2010)

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