Things to do over Easter weekend

Wat te doen met Pasen

Easter weekend 2019 is filled with Easter festivals, Easter fires and Easter markets plus more events than you can imagine!

As it's the time of the year when the first nice whether appears in the Netherlands, the calendar is literally packed with things to do. Also, with kids being off on Easter Sunday and Easter Monda, it usually means that parents could do with some handy tips.

No kids? Don't worry! Obviously there's also plenty to do for non-parents. From festivals to events to make the most of Easter weekend. Curious about the origin of Easter? You can find that here.

Easter fires Easter festivals Easter events Easter markets Open on Easter Sunday Easter activities at home Theme parks open

Things to do over Easter weekend - Easter fires

Some of the key traditions with Easter that attract many visitors during Easter weekend are the Easter fires in the east of the Netherlands.

The Easter fire is like spring fire, which was to encourage the sun and to promote the fertility of the fields. Where the smoke and the blaze of fire covered the fields, things had to go well (source).

Things to do in April - Paasstaakslepen (Easter Stake Hauling)

Paasstaakslepen (Easter Stake Hauling)
Denekamp, Denekamp - In the east of the Netherlands, in Denekamp, every Easter the tradition of Easter Stake Dragging is played out. A tradition that goes back to Heathen times and to this day ends with a beautiful Easter fire. Together with the audience, the ceremony starts in [...]

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Things to do in April - Easter Fire Espelo

Easter Fire Espelo in the Netherlands
Bijvanksweg, Holten - As per the tradition, every year with Easter they people in Espelo (near Holten) build an Easter fire, also known as a boake. And don't let the relatively unknown location fool you. In 2012 it was the largest Easter Fire in the world with a [...]

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Things to do over Easter weekend - Easter festivals

Like every year, also in 2019 you’ll find an extensive list of Easter festivals on the schedule. Like the three different Paaspop (Easter Pop) festivals for example!

Things to do in April - Paaspop Schijndel

Easter festival Paaspop Schijndel
De Heikampen, Schijndel - This Easter festival where previously names like Caro Emerald, Di-rect and the Dutch Blof performed live, should definitely be on your favorites list for this Easter weekend. Next to the musical performances, the festival welcomes hundreds of acts ranging from theater to music. It's a [...]

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Things to do in April - Paaspop Den Hout

Easter Festival Paaspop Den Hout
Houtse Heuvel, Den Hout - Ever since 1995 the Easter weekend in Den Hout means it's time for Paaspop (Easter Pop) Den Hout. And with names like Miss Montreal and various famous Dutch artists, so far it's been a spectacle every year during Easter. Next to the famous artists, the [...]

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Things to do in April - Paaspop Zieuwent

Easter festival Paaspop Zieuwent
Zieuwent, Zieuwent - With the first edition of Paaspop (Easter Pop) in Zieuwent in 1980 a tradition was born that entertains thousands of visitors ever since during the Easter weekend. Both young and old head over to the festival and the Easter Fire, the three stages that welcome [...]

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Things to do in April - PoB Parade

PoB Parade in Breda during Easter
Breda City Center, Breda - During the Easter weekend, various bands will be performing throughout the city center of Breda during the PoB Parade. Which means a fun free day out during Easter! Originally the PoB Parade was a small initiative by a handful of pubs, but today the event [...]

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Things to do over Easter weekend - Easter events

Easter wouldn’t be Easter without the traditional fun fairs and races. Below the classics among Easter events in the Netherlands.

Things to do in April - Easter Fun Fair Deventer

Easter Fun Fair Deventer
Platvoet Event Terrain, Deventer - In Deventer is where you can enjoy a large outdoor fun fair during the Easter weekend. Various rides, from claw games to the Crazy Shake welcome you to go for a spin! Next to the rides, the program is also filled with fun activities like [...]

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Things to do in April - Easter Races Zandvoort

Easter Races Zandvoort
Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort - With a schedule filled with spectacular activities, be sure to pay a visit to the Easter Races. Both on Saturday and Easter Sunday the races at Circuit Zandvoort are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. See and hear, among others, Porsche, Mercedes and BMW race [...]

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Things to do in April - North Holland Oldtimer Festival

North Holland Oldtimer Festival
Torenweg, Hem, Hem - Both on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday you will find 12,000 square meters filled with the coolest old-timer trucks, a live Easter show and more in Venhuizen! From fire trucks to military cars, tractors to mopeds. Next to vehicles, the program is filled with everything [...]

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Things to do over Easter weekend - Easter markets

Another fun way to spend Easter Sunday or Easter Monday is by visiting one of the many Easter markets. Like with Christmas you can nicely stroll past the various stalls with seasonal goods and often great bargains.

Next to that, the various Easter markets make sure to bring along entertainment like live music and kids activities.

Things to do in April - Easter Market The Hague

Easter Market The Hague
Lange Voorhout, The Hague - Amidst the historical scenery of the Lange Voorhout, you're welcome to enjoy the Easter Market in The Hague. During the Easter weekend (through to Easter Monday) this allows you to do some cozy shopping thanks to the many stalls offering everything from art to accessories, antiques [...]

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Things to do in April - Easter Market Vlissingen

Easter Market Vlissingen
Vlissingen Boulevard, Vlissingen - Welcome to the boulevard in Vlissingen on Easter Sunday! This is where you'll find the Easter Market, a tradition with no less than 150 stalls filled with everything from jewellery to tasty waffles. While you're at it, don't forget to enjoy the scenery while shopping [...]

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Things to do in April - Easter Market Born

Easter Market Born
Borner Markt, Born - Also the Easter Markt in Born in the south of the Netherlands is a popular destination on Easter Monday. And it's no surprise really, with hundreds of stalls spread throughout the city center and the stage filling with artists throughout the day. Will you be [...]

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Things to do in April - Easter Market Nijmegen

Easter Market Nijmegen
Nijmegen City Center, Nijmegen - Over the years it has become quite the tradition, the Easter Market in Nijmegen on Easter Monday! What to expect? For starters market stalls all throughout the city center and plenty of terraces inviting you for a tasty Easter brunch. Next to that you'll find [...]

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Things to do in April - Easter Market Panningen

Easter Market Panningen
Panningen City Center, Panningen - In Panningen in Limburg is where you find the largest Easter Market of the Netherlands every year on Easter Monday. With over 400 stalls it's guaranteed to be a fun day out, which tens of thousands of visitors every year come to enjoy, strolling through the [...]

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Things to do in April - Easter Market Drachten

Easter Market Drachten
Drachten City Center, Drachten - An annual tradition on Easter Monday is the Easter Market in Drachten that runs throughout the entire city center. Fun stalls and of course the cozyness of many people together again promise to make for a fun Easter day out. Besides the stalls, the market [...]

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Things to do in April - Boeremèrt (Farmers Market)

Boeremèrt (Farmers Market) during Easter
Liempde, Liempde - Curious to learn about Dutch traditions? In that case the Boeremèrt (Farmers Market) in Liempde on Easter Monday is the ideal opportunity. This Farmers Market entertains thousands of visitors every year with authentic folk dancing, historical costumes a nostalgic fun fair. In addition the market's [...]

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Things to do over Easter weekend - Open on Easter Sunday

Shops open on Easter SundayBelow furniture boulevards and shopping chains are open on Easter Sunday. These days however, even supermarkets are experimenting with opening their doors, so you can probably find plenty of shopping opportunities. An alternative to going to the store are obviously the many Easter markets open on Easter Sunday (see above).

Amsterdam
Woonexpress Amsterdam Zuid-Oost
Lelystad
Bataviastad
Roermond
Huis- en tuinboulevard Roermond

Various hardware, garden and DIY chain stores:
Piet Klerkx Waalwijk & Purmerend
Intratuin Amsterdam
Gamma (note: some exceptions)
Praxis bouwmarkten (note: some exceptions)
Keukenconcurrent (among others, in Amsterdam, Breda, Den Haag and Rotterdam)

Things to do over Easter weekend - Easter activities to do at home

Fun Easter activities at homePainting Easter eggs, yourself
For those that decide to stay in with Easter, there’s still a lot to be enjoyed. Like there is hiding and finding Easter eggs, which is even more fun when you’ve painted them yourself! Another fun idea is to boil the eggs with dye added to the water. Paint and dye can usually be found at the supermarket around Easter.

Easter colouring pictures and crafting
Colouring pictures are obviously fun all throughout the year, but the Easter colouring pictures are obviously themed to make it even more fun for kids. One of the websites where you can download and print them yourself is this one. For more fun ideas to, for example, craft a holder for eggs or even a rooster, please see this site.

Things to do over Easter weekend - Theme parks open during Easter

Enjoy the theme parks open on EasterAs with previous years, also in 2019 early April is when most theme parks in the Netherlands start opening their doors during the weekend and as of Easter they open up full time.

Curious to be one of the first among theme park visitors to discover the latest additions? Check out the many theme parks in the Netherlands!