When are the school holidays in 2019 – 2020?

The following holiday dates in the 2019/2020 school year are for primary education, special education and secondary education. In secondary vocational education (MBO) and higher education, institutions are free to set their own holiday dates.

Autumn holiday 2019 (all dates inclusive)

  • North and central regions: 19 October to 27 October 2019
  • South region: 12 October to 20 October 2019

These dates are advisory. Schools may change them, but they must publish their holiday dates in the school prospectus.

Christmas holiday 2019 – 2020

  • All regions: 21 December 2019 to 5 January 2020 inclusive

Spring holiday 2020 (all dates inclusive)

  • North region: 15 February to 23 February 2020
  • Central and south regions: 22 February to 1 March 2020

May holiday 2020

  • All regions: 25 April to 3 May 2020 inclusive

Schools may extend the May holiday by one week if they wish. For the exact dates, check your school’s website or prospectus.

Summer holiday 2020 (all dates inclusive)

  • South region: 11 July to 23 August 2020
  • North region: 4 July to 16 August 2020
  • Central region: 18 July to 30 August 2020

The Netherlands is divided into 3 school holiday regions: north, central and south.