DOMINICAN REPUBLIC –DEC 09, 2011 – Holiday cheer will arrive in Dominican Republic when Sinterklaas, also known as St. Nicholas, touches down in La Romana on the country’s idyllic Southeast Coast. The grandfather of the modern-day Santa Claus will arrive at the luxurious Casa de Campo on Dec. 10, just in the “St. Nick” of time to take part in the inauguration of holiday celebrations at Altos de Chavón.

Grandfather of Santa Claus to arrive at Casa de Campo via JetBlue Airways in La Romana.

 Sinterklaas will arrive at Altos de Chavón at the request of Santa Claus to share “The Christmas Book,” which lists the names of the children who have been naughty and nice. Social media accounts and national television will capture his arrival, highlighting the backdrop of the Southeast Coast’s lush natural scenery and enchanting culture.

“We are delighted to welcome Sinterklaas to famous La Romana to commence the holiday season,” said Magaly Toribio, Vice Minister of International Promotion, Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. “With award-winning golf courses, unspoiled beaches and various holiday-themed events throughout Dominican Republic’s Southeast Coast, visitors are sure to be charmed by rich Dominican traditions and the area’s magnificent surroundings during this magical holiday season.”

Sinterklaas is a native of the Netherlands and departed from his homeland on Dec. 7, visiting France and New York prior to his departure to Casa de Campo. Sinterklaas’ stay at Casa de Campo will launch the holiday season in the Western Hemisphere and educate those in the west of the rich history of his existence.

Holiday-themed events in and around Casa de Campo will continue throughout the month of December. Some of the highlights include a Christmas Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 10, a holiday concert by the The National Symphonic Orchestra on Dec. 13 and live international music and art exhibitions.

For more information on featured events, visit or


# # #


About Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic’s first tourist was Christopher Columbus in 1492. Rich in history, the DR has developed into a diverse destination offering both Dominican and European flavors to more than one million U.S. visitors each year. Named #1 Golf Destination in Caribbean & Latin America by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, the DR boasts 28 designer golf courses, upscale resorts, pristine nature, and sophisticated cities and quaint villages filled with warm Dominican people. The DR features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike. Visit Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website at:


For more information, contact:
BVK Public Relations for DR Ministry of Tourism
Vanessa Welter: (414)247-3803 or

Start typing and press Enter to search

Send this to a friend