Christmas holiday in the Netherlands

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During the Christmas holiday in 2018 you'll discover everything from Christmas events to Christmas circuses, midwinter festivals to the largest and most enchanting ice rinks. Obviously you'll find quite a few Christmas markets around as well.

When is the Christmas holiday 2018? From December 22 through to January 6 and no matter where you're located in the Netherlands, you're guaranteed to find the answer to “What fun things are there to do during Christmas?” here at Thingstodointhenetherlands.com.

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Christmas holiday in the Netherlands - Christmas festivals & events

The great thing about the winter season is the romantic atmosphere it brings along and the various historical events and festivals that only further enhance this atmosphere.

Things to do in November - Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam Light Festival
Amsterdam City Center, Amsterdam - Experience the most amazing lighting on special locations throughout the Amsterdam city center during the Amsterdam Light Festival! Every year the artists involved are given a challenge to light the capital in a unique way along the lines of the central theme of the festival. [...]

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Things to do in December - Nativity Scene Sint Jan

Nativity Scene Sint Jan in Den Bosch
Sint-Janskathedraal, Den Bosch - Every year up to a hundred thousand visitors drop by at the annual Nativity Scene in the Sint-Janskathedraal in Den Bosch. What's unique about the Nativity Scene this year is that the volunteers got a helping hand from the Theme park Efteling to put it [...]

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Things to do in December - Dickens Festival

Dickens Festival in Deventer
Deventer City Center, Deventer - Over a hundred thousand visitors head over to Deventer each year for the Dickens Festival and also this year it's sure to be a cozy experience during the Christmas season! Every year in December the many characters of the famous Dickens books come to life [...]

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Things to do in December - Ice Sculpture Festival

Ice Sculpture Festival in Zwolle
IJsselhallen Zwolle, Zwolle - The Ice Sculpture Festival in Zwolle is open for visitors again this Christmas period! With various world famous stories and movies as its theme, the best ice artists are sure to amaze visitors again this edition. In short, beautifully sculpted ice figures from Game of [...]

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Things to do in December - Winter Station

Winter Station in the Spoorwegmuseum
Spoorwegmuseum, Utrecht - For a complete winter experience, the Winter Station in the Spoorwegmuseum (Railroad Museum) is the place to be. From ice rink to campfire, cozy live music to a merry go round are ready for you and your kids to have an eventful day out. In [...]

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Things to do in December - Christmas in Old Kampen

Christmas in Old Kampen
Old Kampen, Kampen - The Christmas festival in Kampen every year welcomes up to a hundred thousand visitors in the completely transformed center of Old Kampen. Overseen by the beautifully dressed extras, you're welcome to discover everything from the Oudestraat to the Keizerkwartier on your trip. Also this year [...]

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Things to do in December - Christmas Plaza Groningen

Christmas Plaza Groningen
Martiniplaza, Groningen - For a christmas event with a surface of no less than 10,000 square meters, head over to the Christmas Plaza in Martiniplaza in Groningen. Not just an indoor fun fair, you'll find musical entertainment and a market full of Christmas accessories, clothing and snacks there [...]

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Christmas holiday in the Netherlands - Christmas circuses

Essential to the Christmas period are the many Christmas circuses that welcome you to enjoy the spectacular performances of acrobats, clowns and even tigers!

Wherever you’re visiting in the Netherlands, there’s a circus ring present almost everywhere to enjoy the adventure that the circus brings with it.

Things to do in December - World Christmas Circus

World Christmas Circus
Royal Theater Carré, Amsterdam - The World Christmas Circus in Amsterdam goes with Christmas like a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. Previous years tens of thousands of visitors went before you to this amazing spectacle. Will we see you there this year? Acrobats and clowns from all over the world display [...]

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Things to do in December - Christmas Circus Ahoy

Christmas Circus Ahoy
Ahoy, Rotterdam - The Christmas Circus in Ahoy in Rotterdam is, together with the one in Berlin, the largest indoor Christmas Circus of Europe! It's no surprise then that you'll be enchanted by the live orchestra in the intimate Ahoy Theater during a magical Christmas journey together with [...]

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Things to do in December - Great Christmas Circus The Hague

Great Christmas Circus The Hague
Malieveld, The Hague - Humor, spectacle and sensation are the main ingredients that guarantee an amazing night out to the Great Christmas Circus The Hague! Acrobats on Arab horses and in the sky will show you their unique impossible talents and the clowns are sure to bring a smile [...]

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Things to do in December - International Christmas Winter Circus Eindhoven

International Christmas Winter Circus Eindhoven
Parktheater, Eindhoven - Be sure to put the Christmas Winter Circus in Eindhoven in your agenda this Christmas! Like the previous years you will be amazed by the many unique shows and spectacular acts. From dancing performances full of energy to acrobatic clowns that are sure to make [...]

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Christmas holiday in the Netherlands - Christmas markets & fairs

Beautifully decorated nativity scenes, Christmas choirs, warm lighting and cozy stalls fill the landscape in the Netherlands during the holiday season. Whether you’re just looking for a stroll, to enjoy a glas of warm mulled wine or to find the latest Christmas accessories to decorate your own home.

Below an overview of inspiring Christmas markets, from small local fairs to the largest Christmas markets in the Netherlands.

Things to do in November - Christmas Market Gemeentegrot Valkenburg

Christmas Market Gemeentegrot Valkenburg
Gemeentegrot, Valkenburg aan de Geul - It's a Christmas tradition in the Netherlands by now, the underground Christmas Market in the Gemeentegrot in Valkenburg! This 32nd edition again promises to be a unique experience with a section of the dozens of kilometers cave festively decorated and with holiday lighting in place [...]

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Things to do in December - Christmas Market Maastricht

Christmas Market Maastricht
Vrijthof, Maastricht - Part of the event Magical Maastricht are the various fun Christmas markets spread throughout the city, enveloping you in the Christmas mood on your walk. Among others on the Vrijthof, the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Plein and at the Kesselskad you come across Christmas lodges where [...]

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Things to do in December - Christmas Market Dordrecht

Christmas Market Dordrecht
Dordrecht City Center, Dordrecht - Looking for a cozy atmosphere and Christmas inspiration? Visit the Christmas market in Dordrecht, including performances by various gospel choirs and of course an ice rink! There won't be a shortage of shopping opportunities thanks to the more than 200 stalls spread throughout the city [...]

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Things to do in December - Ice*Village Amsterdam

Christmas market Ice*Village in Amsterdam
Museumplein, Amsterdam - For a cozy winter Christmas market you head over to the Museumplein in Amsterdam this Christmas! Combined with Ice*Amsterdam you find Ice*Village! Go for a walk between the wooden winter lodges and discover everything from fashion to Christmas accessories and tasty bites accompanied by fun [...]

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Things to do in December - Christmas Market at the Ginneken

Christmas Market at the Ginneken
Ginneken, Breda - The quarter Ginneken in Breda is where every year over a hundred stalls filled with the nicest Christmas decorations and of course Koek en Zopie (typical Dutch name for a stand with food and drinks in the winter) welcome the Christmas season. Typical for the [...]

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Things to do in December - WinterWelvaart

WinterWelvaart in Groningen
Hoge and Lage der A, Groningen - WinterWelvaart (Dutch for Winter Prosperity) is a fun day out during the Christmas season which welcomes you to a walk past the ships at the Hoge and de Lage der A in Groningen in combination with a Christmas Market. Beautiful historical ships are at display [...]

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Christmas holiday in the Netherlands - Ice rinks

Whether or not the skate events on natural ice happen this winter, the month of December is sure to bring various ice rinks to the city centers in the Netherlands.

Below the largest and most extensive ice rinks in the Netherlands this winter.

Things to do in November - Cool Event Scheveningen

Enjoy winter fun at the Cool Event Scheveningen
Gevers Deynootplein, The Hague - Come and skate next to the beach at the Cool Event in Scheveningen! Heated winter terraces guarantee that after skating on the hundreds of square meters of ice or sliding down the winter slides, you can warm up nicely in the middle of the cozy [...]

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Things to do in November - Ice*Amsterdam

Ice*Amsterdam at the Museumplein
Museumplein, Amsterdam - A fun day out in Amsterdam this winter is guaranteed at the ice rink at the Museumplein with the Rijksmuseum in the background. For those that don't have the necessary experience to go full circle, there are skating lessons and ice enthusiasts are welcome to [...]

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Things to do in November - Ice rink Groningen

Ice rink Groningen
Grote Markt, Groningen - Come to the Grote Markt in Groningen this winter to put your ice skates on and glide along the edges of the ice rink in the scenic city center. With a surface of no less than 600 square meters, you're sure to have a blast. [...]

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Things to do in November - Ice rink WinterparadIJS Amersfoort

Ice rink WinterparadIJS Amersfoort
Eemplein, Amersfoort - For some old fashioned skating fun this winter, head over to Amersfoort to the Eemplein during WinterparadIJS Amersfoort. The ice rink at the center of the square is where you find a program filled with fun winter activities like curling and ice hockey, with ice [...]

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Things to do in December - Ice rink Vrijthof

Ice rink at the Vrijthof in Maastricht
Vrijthof, Maastricht - One of the dozens of activities organised as part of Magical Maastricht is the ice rink on the Vrijthof. The 800 square meters of ice create a true winter wonderland in the center of the city where both young and old can show off their [...]

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Things to do in December - Ice Rink Eindhoven

Ice Rink Eindhoven
Markt, Eindhoven - No matter whether it's cold enough or not, you can always go for a spin on the ice at the ice rink on the Markt in Eindhoven. The ice rink is opened every day and, like previous years, promises to be a fun experience in [...]

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