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School holidays in the Netherlands in 2019-20

Are you or one of your family members attending one of The Best International Schools in the Netherlands?  Learn more about the school holidays in the Netherlands!

The Netherlands is divided into three regions for the school holidays (north, central and south). Spreading the school holidays across the three regions helps control peaks in holiday traffic.
See overview of the three regions, with their provinces and municipalities

Fixed school holidays in the Netherlands
Some school holidays (schoolvakanties) such as the summer, Christmas and May vacations, are fixed. The May holiday cannot be moved, but schools can extend it by one week. It is therefore important to always check the precise dates with your school.

Flexible school holidays in the Netherlands
Schools are allowed to deviate from the advised holiday period for spring break and the autumn holiday. For example, schools in the south of the Netherlands often shift their spring break forward to correspond with Carnival, instead of having it later like the rest of the country. Autumn vacation dates can also be flexible for school districts, but usually these remain the same as the advised dates.

Note: When a national holiday is not mentioned, means it’s already included in a school break period of time (ex. 2nd day of Christmas, King’s Day)

School holidays in the Netherlands 2019-20

*All dates are subject to errors and changes

Holiday Date Regions
Autumn break from 19-10-2019
to 27-10-2019
Only North and Central
Autumn break from 12-10-2019
to 20-10-2019
Only South
Christmas break from 21-12-2019
to 05-01-2020
All regions
Spring break from 15-02-2020
to 23-02-2020
Only North
Spring break from 22-02-2020
to 01-03-2020
Only Central and South
Good friday 10-04-2020 National holiday
Easter Monday 13-04-2020 National holiday
May break from 25-04-2020
to 03-05-2020
All regions
Ascension day 21-05-2020 National holiday
Whit Monday 01-06-2020 National holiday
Summer break from 04-07-2020
to 16-08-2020
Only North
Summer break from 18-07-2020
to 30-08-2020
Only Central
Whit Monday from 11-07-2020
to 23-08-2020
Only South

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Dutch school regions
Schools in Holland are broken out by province across three regions: North (‘Noord’), Central (‘Midden’) and South (‘Zuid’). More details below!

The Northern region
(regio noord)

Province Municipality
Province of Groningen All municipalities
Province of Friesland All municipalities
Province of Drenthe All municipalities
Province of Overijssel All municipalities
Province of Flevoland
 All municipalities except Zeewolde
Province of Gelderland Hattem
Province of Utrecht Eemnes and the former municipality of Abcoude
Province of North Holland All municipalities

The Central region
(regio midden)

Province Municipality
Province of Flevoland Zeewolde only
Province of Gelderland Aalten, Apeldoorn, Barneveld, Berkelland, Bronckhorst, Brummen, Buren, Culemborg, Doetinchem, Ede, Elburg, Epe, Ermelo, Geldermalsen, Harderwijk, Heerde, Lingewaal, Lochem, Montferland (except the former municipality of Didam), Neder-Betuwe (except the former municipality of Dodewaard), Neerijnen, Nijkerk, Nunspeet, Oldebroek, Oost-Gelre, Oude IJsselstreek, Putten, Scherpenzeel, Tiel, Voorst, Wageningen, Winterswijk and Zutphen
Province of Utrecht All municipalities except Eemnes and the former municipality of Abcoude
Province of South Holland
 All municipalities
Province of North Brabant

 Werkendam (except the communities of Hank and Dussen) and Woudrichem

The Southern region
(regio zuid)

Province Municipality
Province of Gelderland Arnhem, Beuningen, Doesburg, Druten, Duiven, Groesbeek, Heumen, Neder-Betuwe (only the former municipality of Dodewaard), Lingewaard, Maasdriel, Millingen aan de Rijn, Montferland (only the former municipality of Didam), Nijmegen, Overbetuwe, Renkum, Rheden, Rozendaal, Rijnwaarden, Ubbergen, Westervoort, West Maas & Waal, Wijchen, Zaltbommel and Zevenaar
Province of Zeeland All municipalities
Province of North Brabant All municipalities except Woudrichem and the communities of Sleeuwijk, Nieuwendijk and Werkendam in the municipality of Werkendam
Province of Limburg All municipalities