Dutch Christmas markets are festive hubs filled with charming stalls offering handmade crafts, unique gifts, and traditional treats like stroopwafels and glühwein. The markets create a cozy atmosphere with twinkling lights, and visitors can enjoy live music and entertainment.
The holiday decorations throughout the cities, puts all of its visitors in Christmas mood. These gatherings capture the essence of the holiday season, making them perfect for both holiday shopping and experiencing Dutch winter traditions. Here is a guide to our five favorite Christmas Markets in the Netherlands:
1.The Maastricht Christmas Market: known as one of the Netherlands' loveliest markets. Running from November 30 to December 31, it transforms the iconic Vrijthof square with a festive atmosphere. The market features a 45-meter-high Ferris wheel, providing stunning views, and offers activities like skating. Visitors can shop for Christmas decorations and unique gifts. With its enchanting setting and diverse activities, including delightful culinary experiences, the market is a magical destination that captures the essence of the holiday season.
2. Valkenburg Christmas Market: Valkenburg's award-winning Christmas market, spans the entire town, including various locations and underground caves. Recognized as the best in Europe in 2018, the market runs from November 17, 2023, to January 7, 2024. Visitors can enjoy a unique underground experience with cozy stalls, enchanting lights, and a Christmas story portrayed in both large and small formats. The town transforms into a Christmas wonderland, complete with 30 meters of miniature villages, offering an authentic and festive holiday atmosphere.
3. Amsterdam Museumplein: Annually, Museumplein undergoes a delightful transformation into a festive Christmas Village featuring live performances, market stalls, and an array of seasonal treats. In 2023, the event will proceed without the ice skating rink, yet promises an abundance of winter enjoyment. Visitors can expect engaging vendors, warm foodies, and wandering choirs serenading with a cappella melodies amid a enchanting winter setting. So, bundle up in your winter attire, join in for a cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine, and seize the opportunity for some last-minute gift shopping. The event runs from December 13 to December 26.
4. Amsterdam Winter Village Amstelveen: a spacious 550m2 open-air ice rink suitable for skaters of all ages. Alongside regular skating, the venue offers lessons for both children and adults, and local schools have the opportunity for dedicated school skating sessions outside regular hours. The Winter Village features an invitingly adorned food square, complete with a covered terrace, food stands, and an oliebollen stall. The bar provides a variety of drinks and light snacks. Special events include: curling competitions, disco skating, skating lessons, and family or company receptions.From December 2, 2023 to January 7, 2024.
5. The Hague: Royal Christmas Fair in the historic heart of The Hague, is one of the largest and nicest Christmas markets in the Netherlands. From 7 to 23 December 2023, the Royal Christmas Fair will bring you into the ultimate Christmas atmosphere with twinkling lights and well-known Christmas songs. This year even more festive, atmospheric and colorful than previous years!