6 Tips for Enjoying Christmas in the Netherlands

Christmas in the Netherlands

Christmas is a special time of year no matter which country you happen to be in. Nonetheless, you’ll want to take advantage of all that the Netherlands has to offer this holiday season. Here are six top suggestions to help you enjoy!

Ice Skate in Front of the Rijksmuseum
As soon as the temperatures turn cold enough for water to freeze, the topic in the Netherlands very quickly turns to ice skating. The Dutch love being on the ice and are quite good at it as well! There are plenty of options when it comes to where to go ice skating. But perhaps the most magical location to lace up your skates is in front of the Rijksmuseum (ICE*Amsterdam).

Explore a Christmas Market
You don’t need to cross the border into Germany to enjoy a Christmas Market. The Netherlands has a handful for you to enjoy as well. Three of the most popular are the small city charmer of Dordrecht, the underground markets in Valkenburg, and the magical market in Maastricht.

Go Back in Time at the Dickens Festival
Each year the city of Deventer puts on a massive Victorian re-enactment of Charles Dickens’ most famous novels. From costumes, to actors and plenty of well-known icons in-between, this is a popular place to be.

Visit the Glass House
Started in 2004 by the radio station 3FM, the Glass House is an annual fundraising event for the International Red Cross. Three DJs are “locked” inside a makeshift glass house radio studio, broadcasting around the clock, without food. The Glass House is in a different location each year, but if you can’t make it in person, there is also a live TV stream.

Eat Christmas Food
Be sure to enjoy delicacies such as Kerststol, Kerstkransjes, and appelflappen. In the supermarkets and bakeries, you’ll find a wide variety of Christmas cookies and chocolate. And don’t forget to indulge in an oliebol or two. Despite being more of a New Year’s item, you’ll want to find your favourite vendor in the run up to the New Year.

Christmas Shop in a Dutch City
Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Delft, Gouda—or any other Dutch city—they all make a wonderful option for finishing your Christmas shopping. Enjoy the atmospheric squares, old (and new) architecture, and city decorations—all while selecting gifts for your family and friends.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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