Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle bells all the way! Looking for Christmas inspiration and a bit of winter holiday spirit? Check December’s 2016 agenda of Christmas markets now!
Generally, Christmas markets are organized in most of the cities in the Netherlands. And while it’s not possible to cover them all, we offer you our top picks. Hope you enjoy them!
Museumplein Christmas Market
Where: Museumplein, Amsterdam
When: 18 December 2016
During the Christmas season Amsterdam’s Museumplein (Museum Square) in the center of the city becomes the place for winter joy and entertainments for adults and kid. Every year in December the square is transformed into an ice skating rink. Christmas market, taking place on 18 December 2016 by the ice rink at Museumplein will offer you shopping for accessories and presents, traditional food and drinks and, definitely, a true Dutch Christmas spirit!
Note: In 2016 there will be no traditional Christmas market on Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam.
Christmas Market at Castle Keukenhof
Where: Keukenhof Castle, Keukenhof 1, 2161 AN Lisse
When: 8-11 December 2016
One of the largest Christmas market events in the Netherlands will take place in Keukenhof estate for its 10th year already. In 2016 it will be held over one weekend in December. This year the market is free of charge. Come to Keukenhof to buy memorable Christmas gifts and get inspired!
More information and opening times: http://www.kerstoplandgoedkeukenhof.nl/
When: 17-18 December 2016
During the annual Dickens Festival more than 950 characters from the famous books of Dickens – Oliver Twist, Marley and Mr. Pickwick, Scrooge – will revive in the streets of Deventer. Christmas trees and thousands of little lights, carol singers going, Christmas market with traditional Dutch food, drinks, and souvenirs – all combined, it makes Dickens Festival an unforgettable experience. All the shops in Deventer will be open (however, pretty busy as well) on this Saturday and Sunday.
Entrance to the Dickens Festival is free. Everyone is welcomed! However be prepared to wait for +/- 60 minutes in queue for the entrance of the festival.
More information: http://www.dickensfestijn.nl/english-information
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The Netherlands Christmas town Valkenburg
When: 18 November 2016 – 8 January 2017
Chistmas town Valkenburg is unique event involving 7 festive activities during the 2016 Christmas season. You can visit Santa’s village, enjoy a magical Christmas light parade, or visit the biggest and oldest underground Christmas market in Europe. Check the Netherlands Christmas town Valkenburg agenda and come to experience traditional Dutch Christmas!
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Christmas Market in Haarlem
When: 10-11 December 2016
The beautiful city of Haarlem is just 15 minutes away from the center of Amsterdam. Take a train and come to Haarlem’s main square, Grote Markt, to experience all the joy of a traditional, non-touristic Christmas market in the Netherlands.
More information: https://www.haarlemmarketing.nl/highlights/evenementen/kerstmarkt
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And one more idea…
P.S. And well, I guess I shouldn’t say in on a website about the Netherlands, but the most ambient and festive Christmas market in Europe that I’ve seen was in Münster, Germany. It’s only 3 hours away from Amsterdam by train. A one-way ticket costs € 19. The Christmas market in Münster is open from 21 November until 23 December 2016. You’ll definitely enjoy it!
More information: https://www.muenster.de
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