Start Creating Your Christmas Market Wishlist
As the song says, it's the most wonderful time of the year! Let's take a moment to appreciate the joy and excitement that Christmas brings.
In the Netherlands, numerous Christmas markets are worth exploring. From the charming stalls filled with festive decorations to the delightful aroma of mulled wine and 'oliebollen', these markets offer a truly magical experience. And if you're up for a little adventure, there are also plenty of Christmas markets just a short trip away from the Netherlands.
Christmas Town Valkenburg - 17 November to 7 January
One of the most distinctive and renowned Christmas markets in the Netherlands is undoubtedly the one held annually in the town of Valkenburg in Limburg. What makes this market even more interesting, is the fact that it takes place in the well-known caves of the city. However, don't assume that the market is gloomy and dimly lit! The enchanting atmosphere is created by the abundance of twinkling lights and magical decorations.
Christmas Market Haarlem - 8 December to 10 December
This year, Haarlem's Christmas Market will showcase 350 stalls dispersed across 12 spots within the city centre. The Schagchelstraat will once again be transformed into the Street of Emma, transporting visitors to an authentic 19th century Christmas celebration, while the Kleine Houtstraat will adopt a medieval theme. The market offers a wide range of entertainment options, featuring numerous performances both indoors and outdoors.
Ice Village Amsterdam - 13 December to 26 December
This winter, the Dutch capital is once again hosting the Christmas market known as Ice Village. Visitors to Museumplein can look forward to a wide range of activities. The popular Christmas market offers a delightful combination of delicious food and charming shopping experiences in a magical winter atmosphere.
Amsterdam Winter Paradise - 14 December to 30 December
Each year during the Christmas season, Amsterdam Winter Paradise takes place at RAI Amsterdam. This is a well-liked event in the Dutch capital and offers a range of activities to keep your Christmas spirits high.
Winter Fair Ahoy - 14 December to 17 December
Experience the enchanting Winter Fair Ahoy, held at the renowned Ahoy arena in Rotterdam. This delightful event offers the ideal opportunity to immerse yourself in festive cheer and discover exquisite decorations to transform your home into a cosy haven.
Magical Maastricht - 30 November to 31 December
Magical Maastricht is probably one of the most popular Christmas markets in the Netherlands. During December, make your way to Maastricht and indulge in the enchanting atmosphere of the holiday season. This extravaganza offers a variety of market stalls, charming chalets, a Ferris wheel and carousel.
Royal Christmas Fair - 7 December to 23 December
Experience a touch of elegance during your holiday festivities at the Royal Christmas Fair, held annually in The Hague. This enchanting event turns the city into a delightful and romantic market featuring more than 100 stalls, offering a variety of cuisines, and hosting numerous engaging activities to ensure the whole family is entertained.
Dickens Festival - 16 December to 17 December
If you're seeking a blend of timeless elegance and quirky charm this holiday season, don't miss out on the Dickens Festival in Deventer near Apeldoorn. During this weekend in December, the entire city transforms into a quaint depiction of all things Dickensian, transporting you back in time to experience Christmas as it might have been in 19th century England. Along with its captivating theme, this event also offers all the traditional features you'd expect at a Christmas market, but with an added touch of flair.
Christmas market in Düsseldorf, Germany - 23 November to 30 December
For years, people have flocked to Düsseldorf to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones and experience the enchanting Christmas market. The city offers more than just a traditional market; it presents a magnificent Christmas world with a diverse range of themed markets. As you wander through these markets, you'll be captivated by the creative hut designs and the vast array of enticing merchandise on offer.
Christmas market in Brussels, Belgium - 24 November to 31 December
Winter Wonders, a Christmas market in Belgium, is immensely popular with visitors to the country. The market offers a delightful menu, cultural and fun activities, unique gift ideas and other novelties.
Christmas market in Bruges, Belgium - 24 November to 7 January
From the end of November, the historic city centre of Bruges will be transformed into a giant Christmas market. The Bruges Christmas and Winter Market will be located on the Markt and Simon Stevinplein, in the city centre. From homemade hot chocolate and refreshing jenever to spiced glühwein, Belgian beers, cheeses, and hearty dishes, there will be something to satisfy every palate.
by Erene Roux