11 best Christmas markets to visit in the Netherlands in 2022

Are you already dreaming of a white Christmas? If so, prepare to fully immerse yourself in all things festive at one of these Christmas markets and events. They take place throughout the Netherlands and are guaranteed to put a smile on the face of even the biggest Grinch.

Celebrate Christmas in the Netherlands at these 11 events

It’s never too early to think about Christmas. If you want to get into the party spirit, these 11 events are for you!

Christmas Town Valkenburg, November 18 – January 8

This has to be one of the most unique and well-known Dutch Christmas markets, taking place every winter in Valkenburg, Limburg. Probably best to avoid if you’re not a fan of small dark spaces as the Christmas town is held in the famous Valkenburg caves – but don’t think that makes the market dark and dingy, oh no! The setting is transformed by all the twinkling lights and magical decorations, and the indoor setting means it’s the perfect place to spend the day as you are protected from whatever the Dutch weather can throw at you.

Christmas Market Haarlem, December 9 – December 11

After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, this beloved Christmas event is back! At the Haarlem Christmas Market, one of the largest and liveliest in the Netherlands, the city is occupied by 300 stalls, interspersed with different choirs of angels singing all your favorite Christmas songs.

Ice Village Amsterdam, December 14 – December 26

While the iconic Ice Amsterdam ice rink is already back on Museumplein, the wildly popular Ice Village Christmas market will also return to the Dutch capital this winter. In the run up to the big day, meander through the dozens of stalls that will be making their appearance during this year’s edition of the event, and feast on some delicious food and drink – or maybe even pick up a few last-minute gifts!

Amsterdam Winter Paradise, December 15 – January 1

Another popular Christmas event in the Dutch capital is Amsterdam Winter Paradise, which takes place every year in RAI Amsterdam and has absolutely everything your Christmas-obsessed heart could dream of. Imagine a Ferris wheel, a winter wonderland with lots of fake snow, a huge ice rink and lots of food and drink!

Winter fair Ahoy, December 14 – December 18

The Winter Fair only lasts a few days, which means the event organizers are sure to pack as much festive feel as possible. The Winter Fair Ahoy – which, as the name suggests, takes place in the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam – is the perfect place to experience some seasonal fun or stock up on some beautiful decorations to make your home suitably homey in time for the holidays. to make.

Magical Maastricht, December 1 – December 30

Magical Maastricht is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most impressive events on this list, and has to be one of the most famous Christmas markets in the Netherlands. Visit Maastricht in December and experience what it feels like to be immersed in the Christmas atmosphere. The event is home to a range of market stalls, several cozy chalets, a Ferris wheel and a carousel – what more could you want!?

Royal Christmas Fair, Dec 8 – Dec 23

The Royal Christmas Fair takes place in The Hague every winter and brings a little class to your holiday celebrations. The event takes over the city center and transforms it into a charming and romantic market with over 100 stalls, many traditional German dishes and plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained.

Dickens Festival, December 10 – December 11

Looking for both classic and kitsch this holiday season? Then definitely visit the Dickens Festival in Deventer (a town near Apeldoorn). For a weekend in December, the whole town is taken over by everything, even vaguely Dickensian, making you feel like you’ve stepped back in time and can experience Christmas as it might have been in 19th-century England. In addition to the great theme, this event also has all the more conventional aspects you would expect from a Christmas market – it just gives it a little extra spice.

Castle Christmas Market, November 17 – November 20

The Castle Christmas Fair – like the Dickens Festival – offers something magical for all its visitors. Landgoed Beeckstijn (on the outskirts of Haarlem) hosts an extravagant range of exclusive events (from fashion shows to music performances) and cute stalls selling a range of Christmas and lifestyle goodies every year.

Archeon Midwinter Fair, December 10 – December 11

This is another Christmas event with a historic atmosphere, and it’s a great option for anyone with kids! This year, the Midwinter Fair in Archeon museum park goes back to the origins of our modern Christmas traditions, celebrating all things seasonal under the Renaissance theme. There are a few stalls, but also plenty of activities, exhibitions, workshops and entertainment for Christmas lovers of all ages.

Gouda by Candlelight, December 16

Last but not least, Gouda bij Kaarslicht isn’t technically a Christmas market, but it sure is a Christmas-like way to spend an evening in December. One night (and only one night), Gouda is lit by thousands of candles as the city prepares for the festive season. You won’t be able to do much shopping, but there will be food and drink stalls and you can catch a magical concert in one of the city’s many churches.

Have a very merry Christmas at a Dutch Christmas market!

Are you feeling ready for Christmas yet? If that didn’t get you in the party mood, nothing will! Whether you’re planning a quick stop at your local market, or thinking about booking a weekend away to make the most of a specific event, these Christmas markets in the Netherlands are all well worth a visit!

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