Christmas in the Hansa towns


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Experience the pleasant Christmas atmosphere of the olden days in one of the Hansa towns. In December, many of these old city centers will host great Christmas markets with special themes. Enjoy a cup of glühwein and admire the old city centers while taking in the theater shows and the choirs around you.

  • Experience Christmas in the genuine old Dutch atmosphere.
  • This is how people celebrated Christmas around 1900.
  • Visit the Dickens Festival in Deventer.

Winters Zwolle

15 - 29 December

In December, the Hanseatic city of Zwolle has many pleasant activities to offer. There is something fun to do for everyone at Winters Zwolle, including a Christmas market, several theater routes, a Midwinter ghost walk, and a real 'Kerstival' (Christmas festival) at the cafés to welcome the holidays. You can also visit the Ice Sculpture Festival at the IJsselhallen.

Dickens Festival Deventer

During the Dickens Festival over 950 characters from the English writer's famous books are brought to life: from Scrooge to Oliver Twist, from Mr. Pickwick to the Christmas Carol Singers, from orphans to office clerks and distinguished folk. In short: theater and music in abundance!

The Dickens Festival is open both days from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is visited by over 125,000 people each year. Entry to the Dickens Festival is free.

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Christmas in old Kampen

The open-air theater festival Christmas in old Kampen attracts around 90,000 visitors each year. Stroll through the historical city center of Kampen and admire the wintry landscape where various street theater acts will surprise you. You will find all kinds of Christmas-related trinkets on the Christmas market, and you can enjoy old-fashioned attractions for all ages at the nostalgic fair.
There are choirs performing pleasant Christmas carols around the entire route.

Spending the night in Holland

During the Christmas period, many visitors come to Holland to experience the Christmas atmosphere and to visit the various Christmas markets. Book your room in a hotel or bed and breakfast in Holland on time: