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Cool Event Scheveningen 2019 @ Outside the Kurhaus
Nov 9 2019 – Jan 18 2020 all-day

This winter Scheveningen is again the place to be for the ultimate winter sport experience. From 09 November 2018 to 26 January 2019 The Hague’s beach resort will be transformed into a true winter wonderland called ‘Cool Event’.

Ice Expo Scheveningen
The ice sculpture exhibition is back again this year. You can come and admire the ice sculptures and also see how they are made. The Ice Expo can be found in the tent on the beach next to the Pier. From 7 December to 12 January. Admission costs € 10.00 for adults and € 650 for children.

Kurhausplein on Ice
In front of the famous Kurhaus Hotel you will find the beautiful 600 square metre covered ice skating rink. The skating rink is open every day from 10.00 to 22.00 hrs. There are other opening hours in effect during the public holidays on 24, 25 and 31 December and on 1 January.

Admission to the ice skating rink costs € 6.00. Skates are available for hire for € 5.00 a pair and you will also need to leave a deposit of € 10.00. Gloves or mittens are required.

A warm drink
Take a seat at one of the outdoor cafes (with heating) around the square and enjoy a delicious meal or glass of mulled wine or mug of hot chocolate. This winter the restaurants around the square are offering the Kurhausplein deal with meals and ice skating (including the skate rental).

More info
For the complete programme and prices visit the website at www.cooleventscheveningen.nl

Winter De Efteling
Nov 11 2019 – Feb 2 2020 all-day

From 11 Nov – 2 Feb 

Add some magic to your winter at the dazzling Winter Efteling! Enter the enchanted kingdom and take in the breathtaking sights all around you.

Winter Efteling wonderland
The fairytale wonderland of the Efteling is a marvellous sight to behold during the winter days and the long winter evenings. Decorations with thousands of lights, heart-warming bonfires and special attractions add even more magic to the beautiful theme park.

Only during the Winter Efteling
Only during the Winter Efteling, the parks adds a 400-metre-long ice skating rink to its attractions. You can also catch Aquanura, the largest water show in Europe.

Every day, the Snow Princess and Fire Prince will pay a musical visit to the bonfires in their sleigh. Then they will return to their Ice Palace, where there’s a real snow slide. Wintry snacks, Belgian waffles, soups and hot chocolate milk can be bought in stalls all around the park.

Evening specials
In the evening, attraction Villa Volta changes into a giant optical illusion. Raveleijn, a park show with horses and ravens, becomes extra exciting with spectacular fires and lights. Around 200 fountains, scattered around the grounds, will bring attractions to life with music, fire and light effects.

Book your tickets
There are various different package deals available on the Efteling website, such as dinner deals and accommodation deals. Check out the Winter Efteling deals and book the package that best suits you and your family. Book your Winter Efteling tickets and let the magic begin.

Source: IAmExpat

Christmas Market Velvet Cave @ Valkenburg
Nov 15 2019 – Jan 5 2020 all-day

For a whopping month and a half Valkenburg, a small city in the hilly south, hosts multiple grand Christmas activities.
The multiple underground Christmas markets in the gorgeous caves of the Cauberg are without a doubt the main attraction of the Christmas City. The merchandise is not the most diverse, but their setting is unique in the Netherlands.
The most popular ones are the the Municipal and Velvet Cave. The newest addition to the Christmas market caves is Mergelrijk, where you can find brittle marlstone all around you.

Other activities include Santa’s Village, which is the main market above ground, the Christmas Parade, the delicious Route d’Amuse and Magic Sand, a collection of breath-taking sand sculptures.

Velvet Cage:

The Christmas market in the Velvet Cave is more than just a Christmas market. A visit here immerses you in a wonderful Christmas atmosphere you can find nowhere else: iconic underground ambiance, a fairy-tale decor, and, of course, stall after stall of Christmas and gift items, from rustic to luxurious. In short, a great experience, with something for everyone. And all the while, the cave’s atmosphere, with its striking wall paintings and sculptures, brings the Christmas spirit and the old, nigh-forgotten Valkenburg legends to life.

For opening hours and entrance fees have a look here 

Amsterdam Light Festival @ Amsterdam City Centre
Nov 28 2019 – Jan 19 2020 all-day

The Amsterdam Light Festival is set to return on 28 November 2019, running until 19 January 2020, (literally) putting Amsterdam’s beautiful city centre and its canals in the limelight.

What many people may not know, is that the light art installations of Amsterdam Light Festival are exclusively made for the festival. From an artwork in the masts of the VOC ship ‘de Amsterdam’ to the works that are harnessed above the Herengracht – they were all created with a specific location in mind.

Amsterdam Light Festival strives to create innovative and unique works of art, which is why the festival works together with a host of talented artists, architects and designers. They submitted their trailblazing ideas on account of a worldwide Call for Concepts, after which a carefully curated jury made a selection of the best ideas. These concepts were then realized by Amsterdam Light Festival.

Maybe reserve a spot on a boat to get a tour of the best light route. https://amsterdamlightfestival.com/en/book-a-tour

Magical Maastricht @ Maastricht Centre
Nov 29 – Dec 31 all-day

Celebrate your Christmas days on a grand scale at Magical Maastricht!

A warm atmosphere at Magical Maastricht
Maastricht is well known for its warm atmosphere at any time of the year, but during December it is extra special with Magical Maastricht!

With plenty of Christmas cheer and wintry fun activities, an enchanting holiday mood will fill the city centre’s squares, streets, and courtyards.

Magical Maastricht on the Vrijthof Square
The Vrijthof Square is the place to be for the biggest attractions of Magical Maastricht, such as a huge Ferris wheel, the Alpine-inspired chalet (‘Almhütte’), a huge sheltered ice skating rink and a Christmas market.

The whole square will be transformed into a winter wonderland where you can admire the city skyline from the Ferris wheel, or ride a grand carousel decorated with charming Maastricht scenes.

The Magical Culture Festival
Fans of theatre, dance, music, and expositions will find plenty of cultural gifts at the Magical Culture Festival.

In theatres and cultural institutes as well as in the streets, a variety of fascinating national and international music and interesting expositions will appear.

The Magical Light Route
Follow the Magical Light Route to experience the city’s unique light spectacle. Fantastic chandeliers decorate the squares and shopping centres, and the illuminated St Servaas bridge will delight many a pedestrian.

During the festival, the Onze Lieve Vrouweplein will showcase a breath-taking animated light show with 200 mistletoe-shaped lamps on the trees.

Christmas at Keukenhof Castle @ Keukenhof
Dec 11 2019 – Jan 5 2020 all-day

181219LLU8640.jpgChristmas at Keukenhof Castle

When the weather gets cold and you’re looking for that holiday cheer, search no further than Christmas at Keukenhof Castle!

Each year Keukenhof Castle puts on a magnificent Christmas display that is reason enough to pay a visit during the tulip low season. 

Lined with ornaments, magnificent lights and beautiful holiday decorations, the Keukenhof Castle becomes something of a fantasy land.

It only happens once a year, so make the most of the holidays at Christmas at Keukenhof!

The castle will be open from 11 Dec until 5 Jan. Entrance and parking is free. 


Ijsvrij Festival @ Plein 1940
Dec 14 2019 – Jan 12 2020 all-day

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor ijsvrij festival rotterdam 2019

Romantic ice rink
For the third year in a row we are organising IJsvrij Park Festival and from the 13th of December 2019 until the 12th of January 2020 a romantic, roofed ice rink will appear on a new location on Plein 1940 in the center of Rotterdam.

You can also find a Swedish  IJsvrij-Cafeteria on the ice where you can enjoy a mulled wine and a hot chocolate whilst wearing your ice skates. Take a spin on the ice with your whole family, a group of friends or co-workers and enjoy the atmosphere of this winter scene. s!

Please check out the programme here

National New Year’s Night @ Erasmus bridge
Dec 31 all-day

Find the biggest fireworks show of The Netherlands in Rotterdam! At 00.00 u from the Erasmus bridge. It is spectacular!!

Check out the website here

New Year’s Dive @ Scheveningen Beach
Jan 1 all-day

The annual tradition of the New Year’s Dive (Nieuwjaarsduik) will be taken by some 10,000 people in the icy cold waters of the North Sea by the Scheveningen Pier on 1 January. It’s the ideal way to begin 2019 in a refreshing way.

Since 1969 all swimming fanatics, heroes, enthusiasts and the superstitious have greeted the New Year by plunging into an icy cold North Sea. To emphasise the Dutch tradition, organisers also ask participants to wear something orange. The more outlandish, the better.

At exactly midday (12.00 hrs.) on 1 January, the official starting shot will sound and all the daredevils gathered by the Pier will go for the swim. All participants will be treated to a piping hot bowl of snert (split pea soup) after their plunge into the icy waters.

All participants in the Unox New Year’s Dive in Scheveningen receive a Unox cap, a souvenir pennant and the ‘Terugblik’ special edition of the Unox split pea soup in a tin. Joining the dive costs only € 3, with € 1 going to this year’s charity.

Registration begins at 10.30 hrs. on the beach and at around 11.45 hrs. there is a group warming-up with music to keep you warm. Make sure you’re on time because a maximum of 10,000 people are allowed to take part and you’ll need time to change your clothes.

Visit the website of the Unox Nieuwjaarsduik: www.unox.nl/nieuwjaarsduik

City Ball Delft @ Theater De Veste
Jan 4 @ 19:00 – Jan 5 @ 01:00

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor stadsbal delftStadsbal (City Ball) Delft for anyone who loves dancing

On January 4 Theater de Veste opens its doors to a brand new edition of Stadsbal (City Ball) Delft where you can show your moves on the dance floor. With the cooperation of the largest dance school in the Netherlands, Dansschool Wesseling, this will be a swinging start of the new season.

With a master class Latin and a master class Zouk to start, spectacular performances and special guests, it promises to be a huge party full of different dance styles.

Winter edition with 3 rooms: ballroom dancing, salsa& Bachata and Zouk

  • Workshop and show by Joost (took part in Dancing with the Stars) and Sina
  • Workshop Zouk by TotallyZouk
  • Workshop Mambo (SalsaOn2) and show by Marsies Mambo

DJ’s: Patrick Lagas, Merian and Donnie


LatinXpress (A bachata and salsa party) @ Grounds
Jan 4 @ 22:00 – Jan 5 @ 03:30

Every first Saturday of the month…..LatinXpress it is!
We start at 22.00h with a great line up.

Salsa room with DJ’s Donnie & Rojo
Bachata room with  DJ’s El Ché & Brian K
Catering: Huize Wekker (Surinam food)
Entree: € 10.-
Locatie: Grounds, Pieter de Hoochweg 125, Rotterdam
Parking freee after 18.00h

Silent Disco on Ice
Jan 10 @ 19:30 – 23:00

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor ijsvrij festival rotterdam 2019Silent Disco on Ice

Put your skates on and let go to your favourite music. You can switch between the different channels and different music styles.

Friday 20 december & riday 10 januari
There are two time slots for the silent disco
19:30-21:00h & 21:00-22:30h

Tickets incl. skate rental is €15
and without skates €12,50

Mega Flea Market @ Gelredome
Jan 11 all-day

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor snuffelmarkt gelredome 2020Largest Flea Market in Gelderland.
Lovers of second-hand goods, antiques and curiosities: on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 January there is a Mega Flea market in Stadion GelreDome in Arnhem
From 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. you can get started with no fewer than 550 stalls full of second-hand, grandmother’s time, vintage, curiosities and other old things.
A great place to go out to snoop around. Admission is € 4.50 for adults, children under the age of 12 and under are free. Parking is also free. For more information, visit www.vlooienmarkten.nl

Opera at Pathe Cinema: Wozzeck by Berg @ Pathe Cinemas
Jan 11 @ 19:00 – 23:00

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor wozzeckPathe Cinema’s bring Life and in HD opera’s from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. So you don’t have to be in New York to be part of it. 🙂

On Saturday 11th Januaryr the opera is Wozzek by Berg: https://www.metopera.org/season/2019-20-season/wozzeck/

 The plot depicts the everyday life of soldiers and the townspeople of a rural German-speaking town. Prominent themes of militarism, callousness, social exploitation, and a casual sadism are brutally and uncompromisingly presented.

Broadcasted at 19h at Pathe Cinemas:

Amsterdam: Tuchinsky

Rotterdam: Schouwburgplein

Den Haag: Buitenhof

Utrecht: Leidche Rhijn

Pathe Nijmegen

Pathe Ede 

Sunday Salsa @ Cafe Loburg
Jan 12 all-day

Sunday Salsa at Cafe Loburg, Wageningen. Every second Sunday of the month from 16-19h. Free Entrance


The Hague Beach Marathon @ Starting point at TNO Building
Jan 12 all-day

The Hague Beach Marathon, also known as the Black Marathon, will be held on Sunday, 12 January. The course will start from the TNO building and takes runners on the beach through Scheveningen, Wassenaar and Katwijk to Noordwijk and back.

The winter edition of the beach marathon commences at 10.00 hrs. from the TNO building on the Oude Waalsdorperweg.

There are also various distances for walkers: 5, 10, 20 or 30 km. Please check the website for the starting times.

Refreshments for the runners are available local establishments in every beach town: in Scheveningen at Culpepper, in Wassenaar at De Golfslag, in Katwijk at 4 Seasons and in Noordwijk at Alexander Beach and Alexander Hotel.

Thanks to the generous financial support from sponsors, a large part of the entry fee will go towards charity. This year’s charity is De Schakel house in Loosduinen, assisted living for children between the ages of 6 and 20 with physical and multiple disabilities. The proceeds will go towards organising trips and other extra leisure activities for the children.

The registration fee is € 47.50 for the full marathon, € 25.00 for a half marathon and € 25.00 per person for a relay team. The registration fees for the walking event range from € 3 to € 10 depending on the distance.

You can register through the website of the denhaagstrandmarathon.nl

Praatcafe – Dutch Borrel (Speaking Dutch event) @ Citizen M
Jan 14 all-day

Rotterdams Praatcafe is a social group for anyone interested in practising Dutch in a cozy environment. Any Dutch language learners can enjoy practising Dutch at ease and with fun. In order to do that, we bring into the group enthusiastic Dutch language learners, professional Dutch teachers, professional language coaches and other social Dutch native speakers. Together we will create creative and social events to make friends, have a lot of fun and practise speaking Dutch. Events will be held in Rotterdam.

They organize a regular “borrel” (drinks) on every second  Tuesday of the month, from 19.30 to 22h. During the borrel the only language spoken is Dutch.



Winternachten Festival – Literary Festival @ Various locations
Jan 15 – Jan 19 all-day

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor winternachten 2020Winternachten International Literature Festival The Hague celebrates its 25th anniversary with a festive edition! From 15 to 19 January 2020 Winternachten welcomes you in theatres, libraries and schools throughout The Hague: from Theater aan het Spui, Filmhuis Den Haag, the Institute of Social Studies Zuiderstrandtheater and PAARD to Theater Dakota, the libraries Schilderswijk, Ypenburg and Nieuw Waldeck. With over a hundred writers, poets and spoken word artists from home and abroad. With readings, prose, poetry, storytelling, spoken word, interviews with authors, topical conversations, films and music.


Vakantiebeurs – Holiday Fair 2020 @ Jaarbeurs Utrecht
Jan 16 – Jan 19 all-day

With a visit to the Vakantiebeurs, you are guaranteed to be in the holiday mood. At this event, you can orient yourself to the most diverse destinations in more than 150 countries. Whether you are always dreaming of an adventurous round trip, want to relax on a subtropical island or want to get to know the Netherlands even better: at the Vakantiebeurs you are at the right place!

The Vakantiebeurs is also a complete day out! You will not only find your dream vacation, thanks to surprising activities, performances and delicacies but, you will also get to know different cultures and destinations in a fun and interactive way.

At the Vakantiebeurs you will not only find everything about the preparations to travel but also to come home healthy again! Get inspired by an unforgettable holiday and come in the ultimate holiday atmosphere.


Blues Route Wageningen @ Various locations
Jan 17 – Jan 19 all-day

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor bluesroute wageningenOn the 3rd weekend of January the Blues Route Wageningen organizes a fantastic multi-day music event in pubs and restaurants in Wageningen . All performances are free!

Blue Route program Wageningen 2020

Friday 17 january:

 Smiley Iris @ Café Rad van Wageningen – 21:00 uur
Mad Lee @ Cafe Daniels – 21:30 uur
Double U Blues @ The Doctor Wageningen – 21:30 uur
Toussaint & Van Essen @ Café Loburg – 23:00 uur

Saturday 18 january:
The Men – Unplugged @ Café De Tijd – 20:00 uur
Mo’s Blues @ Cafe Het Centrum – 21:00 uur
Cor Groot @ Café Rad van Wageningen – 21:00 uur
Spinners Blues Machine @ Cafe Daniels – 21:30 uur
Storing @ The Doctor Wageningen – 21:30 uur
Willie B Blue Sparrow @ Café De Zaaier – 22:00 uur
Arthur Ebeling @ Foodbar Zilvr – 22:00 uur
Joost de Lange Band @ Eetcafé H41 – 23:00 uur
The Juke Joints @ Café Loburg – 23:00 uur

Sunday 19 january:

BeeTripleGee @ Wijnbar Petit Louis – 15:00 uur
Fake Brothers Bluesband @ Jojo’s cafe – 17:00 uur

Amsterdam Hotel Night @ Various Hotels and other venues
Jan 18 – Jan 19 all-day

Amsterdammers are invited to experience their city through the eyes of tourists by enjoying an overnight stay in a local hotel.

Enjoy a hometown hotel stay in Amsterdam
Approximately 35 hotels participate in Amsterdam Hotel Night, which offers discounted rates and a host of special activities throughout the weekend. The goal is encouraging locals to enjoy a hometown holiday with special discounted rates (and yes, you really need to be a resident in Amsterdam to qualify)!
Hotel parties and events
A programme of culinary, creative and cultural events once again adds additional sparkle to the Amsterdam Hotel Night. Many of the participating hotels will be putting on special dining events and later in the evening, guests can party, socialise and discover new experiences. The programme traditionally continues on Sunday with special morning activities and brunch.

Head to the Amsterdam Hotel Night website for more information and tickets. Hotels can be booked from €55 (including two event tickets). Keep in mind that while the discounted rooms are for locals only, it is possible to purchase Hotel Night event tickets.

These event tickets cost 24.50. You can book them here

World Press Photo Exhibition @ Laurenskerk
Jan 18 – Feb 8 all-day

Visit the World Press Photo Exhibition 2020 on its world-wide tour showcasing the stories that matter with photography from the annual World Press Photo contest.

The winners were chosen by an independent jury that reviewed more than 73,000 photographs entered by 4,548 photographers from 125 countries.

 Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10:30 am – 18:00 pm

Sunday 13:00 pm – 18:00 pm

Adjusted opening hours
January 19th open from 13:00 pm to 16:00 pm


General admission: €5.50
CJP: €4.50
Children under 12 years: free

Event Location
Laurenskerk Rotterdam , the Netherlands

Museum Market @ Museumplein
Jan 19 all-day

Every third Sunday of the month, the Museumplein will be filled with stylish stands full of design, in between the main museums around the pond you can meet the Dutch and International designers yourself, shop for their products and enjoy the great food and atmosphere.

Leidse Blues and Jazz Week @ Various locations
Jan 20 – Jan 26 all-day

On Monday 2o January, the Leiden Blues & Jazz Week will start in Leiden city center for the 39th time. Until Sunday 26 January there will be more than 70 performances, mostly in the ‘Jazz Quarter’ around Nieuwe Rijn, Nieuwstraat, Hooglandsekerk and Kaasmarkt. During the pub crawl on Wednesday 22 January, 30 concerts take place in cafés and restaurants throughout the city center.

Pub crawl:

Of course, the pub crawl cannot be missed. This takes place on the Wednesday 22 January. More than 35 catering locations will have live blues or jazz music that night. Also this year there are a number of new catering establishments including Grand Café De Burcht, Brasserie Bos, Belgian Beer Café Olivier and Bar Lokaal. In addition to the new stages, there are also the familiar places like ‘t Praethuys, De Marenpoort and Lemmy’s. In the Pieterswijk and along the Rapenburg the “Jazz Week” is also present from the Keyzer to Schommelen and the WW and everything on that route. Of course, there is music in many places along the Nieuwe Rijn and around the Hooglandse Kerk. https://www.deleidsejazzweek.nl/kroegentocht/

Event times:

Monday: 19.30 – 00:00
Tuesday: 19:30 – 00:00
Wednesday: 19:30 – 01:00
Thursday: 19.30 – 00:00
Friday: 19:30 – 01:00
Saturday: 12:00 – 01:00
Sunday: 13:00 – 00:00

Source: The Hague Online

Holland Dance Festival @ Various theatres
Jan 22 – Feb 8 all-day

 The seventeenth edition of the Holland Dance Festival takes place in January and February 2020. For three weeks, The Hague will be completely dedicated to international dance. During this period, a total of some fifty performances from all over the world will be shown in the theatres in The Hague, which together underline the universal character and the enormous richness and versatility of dance. A growing number of festival productions can also be seen in Amsterdam and Delft, and this coming edition also in Tilburg for the first time.

International Film Festival Rotterdam @ De Doelen, Lantaren Venster and other venues
Jan 22 – Feb 2 all-day

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films and media art. The festival’s focus is on recent work by talented new filmmakers. However, within the four sections the Festival presents, there is also room for retrospectives and themed programmes. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through its co-production market CineMart, its Hubert Bals Fund, Rotterdam Lab and other Industry activities.

IFFR is one of the largest audience and industry-driven film festivals in the world. During twelve festival days, hundreds of filmmakers and other artists present their work to a large audience and 2.538 film professionals. The festival’s Official Selection includes some 252 feature films and 225 short films out of 50 countries. It aims to organise and stimulate film-related activities in Rotterdam.

This year it starts Wednesday 22 January till Sunday 2 February.

‘Expat meets refugee’ storytelling evening @ Church of Our Saviour
Jan 22 @ 18:00 – 21:00

‘Expat meets refugee’ storytelling evening
Het Haags Verhaal will organise a special ‘Expat meets refugee’ storytelling evening at the Church of Our Saviour on Wednesday, 22 January. The English-language programme will look at the journey people with different backgrounds have made to The Hague and how they are building their lives here.

During the first half of the evening, Executive Director of ACCESS Deborah Valentine will be interviewed about her life story. Nobody understands better than Deborah the impact of moving abroad; she has lived and worked in 11 countries. She now makes her home in The Hague. She will tell us about the expat life in our city, in part based on her work with ACCESS, a volunteer organisation committed to helping internationals settle in The Hague.

The second half of the evening will feature the life story of Sahar Hossini, who would like to feel like this is home but her life is still in limbo. She came to the Netherlands from Iran when she was 16 years old and – 10 years further – she still does not have a residence permit. Here she was given opportunities not afforded to girls in Iran: she was able to study. But she is not allowed to work. As a volunteer at the Humanity House and Dutch Council for Refugees she helps other refugees settle here. She tells us about her life and the lives of other refugees.

About Het Haags Verhaal
Het Haags Verhaal organises special encounters so that people can get to know each other better. The photography and life story project is currently touring around the city like a travelling storytelling circus.

More info
Het Haags Verhaal evening takes place from 18.00 to 21.00 hrs. on Wednesday, 22 January at the Church of Our Saviour (Helenastraat 8) in The Hague.

There is no charge for admission but voluntary donations will be collected at the end of the evening. Soup and beverages will be served. Registration is required.(externe link) A maximum of 70 people may attend (full = full).

More information about Het Haags Verhaal can be found at www.haagsverhaal.nl

Internations – Thursday Drink Rotterdam @ Ballroom
Jan 23 @ 19:30 – 23:45

On Thursday evening, 23 October InterNations organises Thursday Drinks at Ballroom in Rotterdam from 19.30-00.30 h. Entrance is 10 Euro. You can join InterNations and become a member:


Arnhemse Uitnacht – Art, Culture & Entertainment @ Various locations in Arnhem
Jan 24 all-day

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor arnhemse uitnachtOn Friday, January 24th the Arnhem Uitnacht  takes place for the 3rd time. At 18 locations and several catering businesses in the city you can experience what Arnhem has to offer in terms of art, culture and entertainment. The Arnhem Uitnacht program consists of shows, tours, exhibitions, workshops, lectures and other meetings. Part of the Arnhem Uitnacht is the presentation of the Culture Prize Arnhem. The event will take place throughout the evening and night in the city center and is free.


Check out the programme here: https://arnhemseuitnacht.nl/programma/

Chinese New Year Celebrations @ Chinatown and Centre of Town
Jan 24 all-day
 On Saturday, 25 January the centre of The Hague will come alive with the excitement, sounds of fireworks and bold colours of the Chinese New Year Festival. Visitors can enjoy Chinese dancing, music, acrobatics and martial arts as well as a colourful parade through the streets of Chinatown.

To kick off the Year of the Rat, 2 large-scale celebrations of the Chinese New Year will take place in The Hague: the national celebrations in The Hague City Hall and the local celebrations on the Spui and in Chinatown (the area around the Wagenstraat and Rabbijn Maarsenplein).

All the festivities in The Hague are free of charge and open to the public.

City Hall
The Dutch national celebrations of the Chinese New Year are an annual event and take place this year for the 18th time. The programme will kick off at 10.00 hrs. with the lion and dragon dance procession starting from the Spuiplein, around City Hall and through Chinatown to the Plein.

This will be followed by an afternoon of entertainment in City Hall from 11.00 to 17.30 hrs. with jazz music, the official opening, artists from the Gansu Opera and Gansu Acrobatics Troupe, a performance by the Dutch pop grouup OG3NE and lots more entertainment by top Chinese and Dutch performers.

The festivities in Chinatown begin at 11.00 hrs. with a big Chinese New Year’s market with food, drinks and different children’s activities on and around the Rabbijn Marsenplein. The traditional opening ceremony is at 12.45 hrs. on the Gedempte Burgwal.

A colourful cast of characters including Chinese lions and dragons will then make their way through Chinatown accompanied by the sounds of energetic drumming and exploding firecrackers. There they will usher in the New Year and chase away the spirits of the past year.

More info
The Chinese New Year will be organised by the Chinese Cultural Events Foundation and the Chinese New Year Festival Foundation, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Netherlands, the Vereniging Nederland-China and the Municipality of The Hague.

More information about the day’s events can be found at https://www.chineesnieuwjaar-denhaag.nl/