All year round, Maastricht is a wonderful city with just that atmosphere that bon-vivants love, but around Christmas, the city takes on that extra spellbinding edge. Under the moniker of "Magical Maastricht", the city goes into full Christmas mode, so visit the Christmas market, go skating on the ice rink on Vrijthof square and see the sea of lights from the top of the Ferris wheel.
- Visit the Christmas market in Maastricht and enjoy ‘Magical Maastricht’.
- Go ice skating on Vrijthof square.
- Follow the ‘light route’ and discover Maastricht’s many little alleys and characteristic squares.
Discover the warm hospitality of Maastricht. This winter, the city’s ambiance will be better than ever. With candlelight on the Onze Lieve Vrouweplein square, fairy lights in trees and buildings, and beautifully lit shop windows, you will follow the Magical Light Route to the central Vrijthof, where you can chat to Santa.
During the Christmas market, Vrijthof square is the centre of everything. Besides a great many stalls and a Ferris wheel, it also hosts an ice skating rink. Enjoy the wonderful Christmas atmosphere while skating around, and if you (still) feel like some Christmas shopping afterwards, visit the cosy little streets of the Jekerkwartier neighbourhood.
Staying in Maastricht
When visiting Maastricht’s Christmas market, try staying in this bon-vivant city for a long weekend. The epicurean attitude of this city is visible in its many restaurants and terraces, the latter being heated to a cosy temperature in winter. Maastricht also has many historic highlights, such as the Basilica of Our Lady and the Basilica of Saint Servatius.
Maastricht has a broad and varied range of accommodations, from boutique hotels to bed & breakfasts, with prices to fit any budget.
Accessibility and parking in Maastricht
If by car, keep an eye out as to where you may and where you may not park. Maastricht becomes very crowded during Christmas market season. Parking garages exist under Vrijthof square and by Sint-Servaasbrug bridge, but often fill up very quickly during this time. If you wish to pay less and be in the centre of Maastricht quickly, use one of the city’s Park + Walk car parks.
The Christmas market is open Mondays through Wednesdays from 11.00 to 20.00, Thursdays through Saturdays from 10.00 to 22.00 and Sundays from 12.00 to 18.00.
The ice skating rink is open daily from 10.00 to 22.00, except on 24 and 25 December, on which it is open from 10.00 to 18.00.