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Christmas in Holland

The period around Christmas is a great period to visit Holland. The country exudes a lovely ambiance. There is a Christmas market in virtually every city but the best ones can be found in Maastricht, Dordrecht, and The Hague. Or discover the Dickens Fest in Deventer.

Christmas shopping in Holland

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Christmas markets in the Netherlands

Visit one of the many Christmas markets in the Netherlands and take part in the Christmas cheer.

Christmas shopping in Holland

Welcoming streets, Christmas markets and the most wonderful department stores – that's Christmas shopping in Holland.

Christmas events

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Amsterdam Light Festival

  • 28 Nov through 19 Jan

Discover the loveliest light art at Amsterdam Light Festival.

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Maastricht Christmas Market

  • 29 Nov through 31 Dec
  • Maastricht

Visit the atmospheric Christmas market in Maastricht.

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Dordrecht Christmas Market

  • 13 Dec through 15 Dec
  • Dordrecht

Visit Holland’s largest Christmas market.

Dickens festijn - Foto: Ronald Hissink
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Dickens Festival

  • 14 Dec through 15 Dec
  • Deventer

Experience a wonderful Christmas market in the spirit of Dickens!

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Candle Night Gouda

  • 13 Dec
  • Gouda

Candle Night Gouda is an annual Christmas event in the Netherlands with candles and festivities.

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Christmas in Oud Kampen

  • 21 Dec through 22 Dec
  • Kampen

An open-air theatre festival in the atmospheric centre of Kampen.

Christmas with the children

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Go for an afternoon of ice-skating and discover Dutch fun on the ice.

The Christmas period in Holland

The month of December is a very pleasant time in Holland. As soon as Sinterklaas leaves, the streets and shops are decorated with lights and Christmas trees. In the weeks leading up to the holidays, Christmas songs enhance the mood in shopping malls and restaurants. Christmas markets and ice-skating rinks appear on squares in the city. And if the weather is right, you might even see snow….

Are you coming to visit one of the Christmas markets, the Dickens Fest in Deventer, or one of the delightful events at one of Holland’s castles? You can do your Christmas shopping in one of the pleasant cities. Christmas in the Hanseatic cities is extraordinary because of their authentic buildings and true old Dutch ambiance. You can admire the lights at Gouda by Candlelight, Glow Eindhoven, or the Amsterdam Light Festival.

In short, there are plenty of reasons to visit Holland in December.

Christmas holiday

Celebrate Christmas or New Year’s Eve in Holland. Various accommodations offer activities in winter atmosphere. How wonderful it is to come ‘home’ after a great day outside and enjoy everything your surroundings have to offer. Get inspired in Holland.

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Winter holiday on the Dutch coast

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