Looking for Christmas inspiration and holiday spirit? Visit one of the Christmas markets 2022 in the Netherlands and other places in Europe!
Christmas markets, big and small, 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.
Here you can find our Chistmas gifts ideas. Happy holiday season!
Top Chistmas markets in & around Amsterdam
When: 10 – 21 December 2022
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
The Netherlands Christmas town Valkenburg
When: 18 November 2022 – 8 January 2023
Chistmas town Valkenburg is unique event involving 7 festive activities during the 2022 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!
Christmas Market in Haarlem
When: 9 – 11 December 2022
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
Museumplein Christmas Market
Where: Museumplein, Amsterdam
When: from mid November to February 5, 2023
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 in front of the Rijksmuseum is transformed into the Amsterdam Christmas village with an ice skating rink. In 2022/2023 the Ice*Amsterdam rink is open from mid November to February 5, 2023.
The Christmas market is open from December 14, 2022 to December 26, 2022.
Photo: Skating rink Ice*Amsterdam, open from mid November to February 5, 2023
Come here for traditional Dutch street food, hot drinks and Christmas spirit!
Christmas and New Year in Amsterdam: museums opening hours
Amsterdam Winter Paradise
Where: RAI Amsterdam Convention Center
When: December 15, 2022 – January 1, 2023
The Amsterdam Winter Paradise is something between a Christmas market and a festive fair. And while white Christmas is unlikely in the Netherlands, here you can definitely get a truly winter spirit!
And a few more Christmas ideas:
1. We probably shouldn’t say in on a website about the Netherlands, but the most ambient and festive Christmas market in Europe that we’ve seen was in Münster, Germany. It’s only 3 hours away from Amsterdam by train. A one-way ticket costs from € 20. The Christmas market in Münster is open from 21 November until 23 December 2022.
Here you can find more information about Christmas markets in Germany, Belgium, France and England. Take a look!
Photos above: Christmas market in Dusseldorf, Germany, credit Svetlana Horbach
Photo: Christmas market in Neuss, Germany, credit Svetlana Horbach
2. If you cannot wait for Christmas, book a ticket to Disneyland Paris! The Christmas Season in Disneyland Paris is from 12 November 2022 to 8 January 2023. This year Disneyland Paris is celebrating its 30th birthday, so it will be even more fun then ever!
Plan your Christmas holidays 2022 in the Netherlands!
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