Curious when is the next school holiday in the Netherlands in 2021-2022 and how the Dutch school holidays (schoolvakanties) system works? Here is everything you need to know.

The Netherlands are divided into 3 school holiday regions: North, Central and South. Here you can check the overview of these regions, with their provinces and municipalities, and find out where your school belongs to.

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The holiday dates below are in the 2020/2021 and the 2021/2022 school years are for primary, special and secondary education. Please note that all dates are inclusive.

School holidays in the Netherlands in the 2020/2021 school year
North region Central region South region
Christmas holiday (Kerstvakantie 2020-2021) 19 December 2020 to 3 January 2021 19 December 2020 to 3 January 2021 19 December 2020 to 3 January 2021
Spring holiday (Voorjaarsvakantie 2021) 20 February to 28 February 2021 20 February to 28 February 2021 13 February to 21 February 2021
May vacation* (Meivakantie 2021) 1 May to 9 May 2021 1 May to 9 May 2021 1 May to 9 May 2021
Summer vacation (Zomervakantie 2021) 10 July to 22 August 2021 17 July to 29 August 2021 24 July to 5 September 2021

School holidays in the Netherlands in the 2021/2022 school year
North region Central region South region
Autumn vacation** (Herfstvakantie 2021) 16 October to 24 October 2021 16 October to 24 October 2021 23 October to  31 October 2021
Christmas holiday (Kerstvakantie 2021-2022) 25 December 2021 to 9 January 2022 25 December 2021 to 9 January 2022 25 December 2021 to 9 January 2022
Spring holiday (Voorjaarsvakantie 2022) 19 February to 27 February 2022 26 February to 6 March 2022 26 February to 6 March 2022
May vacation* (Meivakantie 2022) 30 April to 8 May 2022 30 April to 8 May 2022 30 April to 8 May 2022
Summer vacation (Zomervakantie 2022) 16 July to 28 August 2022 9 July to 21 August 2022 23 July to 4 September 2022

* Schools may extend the May holiday by one week if they wish. For the exact dates please refer to your school’s agenda.

** These dates are advisory. For the exact dates please refer to your school’s agenda.

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