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Nov
2
Sat
Kino Special: Stories from Berlin @ Kino Rotterdam
Nov 2 – Dec 24 all-day

Exactly thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall KINO looks back at the city’s rich cinematic history through eight feature films, an epic television series and a riveting music documentary spanning over eight decades. Starting November 2nd we take a kaleidoscopic deep dive into a city that for better and for worse dictated the cultural agenda of a continent like no other city has done in the 20th century. In partnership with the Goethe Institute we bring you a selection of films that defined the many aspects of this sprawling metropole and its people.

 

All with English subtitles

Nov
9
Sat
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

Nov
11
Mon
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

Nov
15
Fri
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 

Nov
20
Wed
International Documentary Film Festival @ Various Locations
Nov 20 – Dec 1 all-day

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor idfa amsterdam 2019 November, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) transforms Amsterdam’s city centre into a paradise for documentary film fans.

IDFA treats documentary lovers to the latest and greatest domestic and international arrivals from the documentary film world. No other festival brings together so many great films, devoted fans and talented film-makers in one place, making IDFA one of the world’s leading documentary film festivals. The films presented at IDFA all tell extraordinary stories about life – often revealing and moving, they can also be shocking or funny.

A global perspective
With hundreds of international documentaries on offer, IDFA’s programming provides a look at the world from a variety of unique perspectives. Taking viewers to some of the world’s poorest and wealthiest places, the documentaries featured are often as poetic as they are powerful.

The complete programme can be found on the IDFA website. A large proportion of the film screenings are in English or with English subtitles.

20 Nov – 1 Dec in Amsterdam 

Locations can be found here: https://www.idfa.nl/en/info/locations

Nov
27
Wed
Camaretten Festival – Young Talent Comedians @ Oude Luxor Theatre
Nov 27 – Nov 30 all-day

Cameretten Festival is a very important event for the cabaret talent of the future. Starters get a chance to position and develop themselves.

The festival
Cameretten consists of multiple parts, so the audience can get to know the talents in different stages of the competition.

Stepping Stone
Winning the Cameretten Festival can be a big step in the career of future cabaret professionals. Many famous Dutch comedians started at this festival.

The semi-finals and finals take place between the 27 and 30  of November.

So…
Meet the new cabaret generation and watch the greatest comedians of the future!

Nov
28
Thu
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

Finnish Christmas Market @ Finse Huis
Nov 28 – Dec 1 all-day

The Finnish Christmas Bazaar will be open from 21 to 24 November and from 28 November to 1 December.

The Annual Christmas Bazaar of the Rotterdam Finnish Seamen’s Mission is drawing nearer. The Christmas Bazaar has lots of fun to offer for the entire family.

At the Bazaar selections you can find Finnish textiles, design glass and ceramics, home ware, wooden items, books, CDs, Christmas items, Sauna related products and hand crafts. Come and buy quality products from Finland for yourself or as a gift.

At the Finnish supermarket you will find both traditional Finnish delicacies, as well as the latest innovations in Finnish cooking. Participate in the Bazaar Lottery, where you can win a trip to Finnish Lapland including a 2 night stay in Helsinki. Our cafeteria offers tasty homemade pastry and snacks. Or come and enjoy a hot cup of Finnish Glühwein called Glögi.

Naturally, the real Finnish Santa Claus will visit the Bazaar!

Free entry!

Opening times

21.11. 12-20
22.11. 12-20
23.11. 11-18 

24.11. 11-18

and

28.11. 12-20

29.11. 12-20
30.11. 11-18
01.12. 11-18

Free entry!

Nov
29
Fri
Black Friday @ Centre of Rotterdam
Nov 29 – Dec 1 all-day

Black Friday in Rotterdam: Shops are open until 11pm on Friday and Saturday.

And they offer special discounts.  https://www.facebook.com/blackfridayrotterdam/

In The Hague only on Friday. https://www.facebook.com/blackfridaydenhaag/

This is an overview of all shops (webshops taking part)

https://www.blackfridaynederland.nl/black-friday-2019/

Changez XL – Black Friday Festival @ BlueCity
Nov 29 all-day

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor changez xl rotterdamIn BlueCity (formerly Tropicana) you can visit Black Friday’s circular counterpart: CHANGEZ XL on Friday 29 November. With a clothing, toy and stuff exchange and cool circular entrepreneurs.

Admission is free, but registration is necessary https://www.eventbrite.com/e/changez-xl-black-friday-festival-tickets-80432609099

 

Finnish Christmas Market @ Finse Huis
Nov 29 – Dec 2 all-day

The Finnish Christmas Bazaar will be open from 21 to 24 November and from 28 November to 1 December.

The Annual Christmas Bazaar of the Rotterdam Finnish Seamen’s Mission is drawing nearer. The Christmas Bazaar has lots of fun to offer for the entire family.

At the Bazaar selections you can find Finnish textiles, design glass and ceramics, home ware, wooden items, books, CDs, Christmas items, Sauna related products and hand crafts. Come and buy quality products from Finland for yourself or as a gift.

At the Finnish supermarket you will find both traditional Finnish delicacies, as well as the latest innovations in Finnish cooking. Participate in the Bazaar Lottery, where you can win a trip to Finnish Lapland including a 2 night stay in Helsinki. Our cafeteria offers tasty homemade pastry and snacks. Or come and enjoy a hot cup of Finnish Glühwein called Glögi.

Naturally, the real Finnish Santa Claus will visit the Bazaar!

Free entry!

Opening times

21.11. 12-20
22.11. 12-20
23.11. 11-18 

24.11. 11-18

and

28.11. 12-20

29.11. 12-20
30.11. 11-18
01.12. 11-18

Free entry!

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.

Nov
30
Sat
Deutscher Weihnachtsmarkt – German Christmas Market @ Deutsche Evangelische Kirche
Nov 30 all-day

Gerne laden wir Sie ein zum Weihnachtsmarkt in Rotterdam:

30 November, 10-16 Uhr:
Weihnachtsmarkt
’s-Gravendijkwal 65

Am 30. November von 10.00h bis 16.00h ist wieder Weihnachtsmarkt bei der Deutschen Evangelischen Gemeinde. Kuchen, Glühwein, Reibekuchen, Waffeln und Suppe, dazu traditionelle Süssigkeiten und Weihnachtsartikel. Akkordeonmusik und Gesang von Mareike Ziegler.

 

You are invited to the German Christmas Market at the German Church in Rotterdam on 30 November 10-16h:

What can you find here:

German Advent decoration, Christmas tree decorations, Lebkuchen – ginger bread, Christmas biscuits, handcraft, warm soup,  potato patties and home baked cakes and of course Glühwein (mulled wine)

 

Finnish Christmas Market @ Finse Huis
Nov 30 – Dec 3 all-day

The Finnish Christmas Bazaar will be open from 21 to 24 November and from 28 November to 1 December.

The Annual Christmas Bazaar of the Rotterdam Finnish Seamen’s Mission is drawing nearer. The Christmas Bazaar has lots of fun to offer for the entire family.

At the Bazaar selections you can find Finnish textiles, design glass and ceramics, home ware, wooden items, books, CDs, Christmas items, Sauna related products and hand crafts. Come and buy quality products from Finland for yourself or as a gift.

At the Finnish supermarket you will find both traditional Finnish delicacies, as well as the latest innovations in Finnish cooking. Participate in the Bazaar Lottery, where you can win a trip to Finnish Lapland including a 2 night stay in Helsinki. Our cafeteria offers tasty homemade pastry and snacks. Or come and enjoy a hot cup of Finnish Glühwein called Glögi.

Naturally, the real Finnish Santa Claus will visit the Bazaar!

Free entry!

Opening times

21.11. 12-20
22.11. 12-20
23.11. 11-18 

24.11. 11-18

and

28.11. 12-20

29.11. 12-20
30.11. 11-18
01.12. 11-18

Free entry!

La Kermesse Francophone – French Fair @ Lourdeskerk
Nov 30 all-day

The Hague’s traditional Kermesse Francophone de La Haye is the charity event of the year for the Francophone community and Francophiles. It will take place on Saturday, 30 November in the Lourdeskerk in Scheveningen.

This annual charity bazaar is full of fun and games, crafts, a market, concerts and food and drinks.

All the stands and activities are organised, decorated and run by volunteers. There you can find regional French and international goods, oyster tasting, cakes, second hand French books and clothing, toys, antiques and crafts (home decoration, fashion, jewellery, patchwork, glass etching etc.).

There will also be games and sporting activities organised for children and plenty of culinary treats. The stalls with regional and international culinary specialties also open at 12.00 hrs.

Raffle
One of the main attractions of the day is the raffle with more than 200 prizes. Many prestigious prizes are offered by donators who support the Kermesse every year.

Humanitarian projects
All proceeds from the Kermesse Francophone are donated to humanitarian projects in developing countries.

More info
The Kermesse Francophone will be held from 12.00 to 18.00 hrs. on Saturday, 30 November at the Lourdeskerk (Berkenbosch Blokstraat 9) in Scheveningen. There is paid parking in the area.

For more info visit www.kermessefrancophone.nl

Sneakerness @ Onderzeebootloods
Nov 30 – Dec 1 all-day

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor sneakerness rotterdam 2019

 

The third edition of Sneakerness Rotterdam takes place at the Submarine Hangar in Rotterdam on 30 Nov and 1 December 2019.

Be prepared to discover international brands, extraordinary sneaker stores, and some of the most exquisite private sellers and collectors from all over the place at this year’s Sneakerness Rotterdam.

HOURS
SAT 12.00–18.00
SUN 12.00–18.00

ADDRESS
Onderzeebootloods
RDM-straat 1,  Rotterdam

Sushi & Ramen Festival Amsterdam @ Dok Amsterdam
Nov 30 – Dec 1 all-day

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor sushi and ramen festival amsterdamThe Sushi & Ramen Festival is coming to a new venue in Amsterdam: DOK AMSTERDAM (on new location) www.dokamsterdam.nl

The Sushi Festival presents you all imaginable variations of sushi, Japanese food and a small percentage other asian food. Next to food you will find a lot of cultural and fun elements like karaoke, arcade, crazy Japanese merchandise stalls, workshops, entertainment and more. From 13-21h

Dec
1
Sun
Atlantikwall Museum open on Sundays only @ Scheveningen
Dec 1 all-day

The Atlantikwall Museum Scheveningen feature several original German bunkers from the Second World War. The figurehead of the Atlantikwall Museum Scheveningen is the command bunker in the complex Widerstandsnest 318 (Verteidigungsstab Badhuisweg). A man-bunker has also been set up in this complex and a toilet bunker has been made accessible. On regular open days it is possible to visit the command bunker, and there are volunteers ready to provide information and answer questions.

Widerstandsnest 318 Scheveningen
The primary museum location of the foundation is an authentically furnished command bunker of the type 608 (Bataillons-, Abteilungs- oder Regiments-Gefechtsstand). From this bunker and nearby villas in the Second World War the military command of Stützpunkgruppe Scheveningen was conducted by the occupying forces. The bunker is largely original and gives you the unique experience of a tangible past. There are also original historical objects of German, British, Canadian and American forces on display.

Man’s bunker
In the adjacent man-bunker bunker of the type 622 (Doppelgruppenunterstand) on the Badhuisweg there is a ‘time capsule’: one of the two lounges is furnished with exclusively unrestored objects. You get the impression that the bunker has remained untouched since the end of the Second World War. In reality, most bunkers in the Netherlands were looted after the war and stripped of all valuable parts. The other room is an exhibition space for photographs, art and historical objects.

Accessibility
The bunkers on the Badhuisweg are located at numbers 119-133, next to De Boshut coffee house. The museum is accessible by tram line 9. Get off at the Cremerweg stop, from there it is a two minute walk to the bunker. Car is free to park within walking distance of the museum

Entrance is 4 Euro (cash) and 2 Euro for children until 12 years.

https://atlantikwallmuseum.nl/wp-content/uploads/Folder-ENG.pdf

Finnish Christmas Market @ Finse Huis
Dec 1 – Dec 4 all-day

The Finnish Christmas Bazaar will be open from 21 to 24 November and from 28 November to 1 December.

The Annual Christmas Bazaar of the Rotterdam Finnish Seamen’s Mission is drawing nearer. The Christmas Bazaar has lots of fun to offer for the entire family.

At the Bazaar selections you can find Finnish textiles, design glass and ceramics, home ware, wooden items, books, CDs, Christmas items, Sauna related products and hand crafts. Come and buy quality products from Finland for yourself or as a gift.

At the Finnish supermarket you will find both traditional Finnish delicacies, as well as the latest innovations in Finnish cooking. Participate in the Bazaar Lottery, where you can win a trip to Finnish Lapland including a 2 night stay in Helsinki. Our cafeteria offers tasty homemade pastry and snacks. Or come and enjoy a hot cup of Finnish Glühwein called Glögi.

Naturally, the real Finnish Santa Claus will visit the Bazaar!

Free entry!

Opening times

21.11. 12-20
22.11. 12-20
23.11. 11-18 

24.11. 11-18

and

28.11. 12-20

29.11. 12-20
30.11. 11-18
01.12. 11-18

Free entry!

Museum Market @ Museumplein
Dec 1 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.

Sunday Evening of Firework in Scheveningen @ near Kurhaus
Dec 1 all-day

 Visitors can enjoy the intimate character of the colourful fireworks show from either the beach or the boulevard. They will be launched from a pontoon 275 metres out at sea by the Pier.

The fireworks displays form a breathtakingly beautiful spectacle of silver-white skyrockets, sparkling fountains and stars of iridescent light against a dark blue Scheveningen sky.

The displays will be organised by the International Fireworks Festival Scheveningen foundation in partnership with Xena Vuurwerk.

More info
The firework displays will take place each Sunday evening starting at 18.00 hrs. on the beach in front of the Amrâth Kurhaus Hotel.

The fireworks displays will be cancelled in the event of strong winds (as of wind force 6) but not because of rain.

For more information, visit the website of the https://www.vuurwerkfestivalscheveningen.com/

Sunday Market Sinterklaas Edition @ Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek
Dec 1 all-day

Sunday Market at the Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam – Sinterklaas Edition. Sint and Piet will arrive around 14h.

Every first Sunday of the month you will be able to enjoy the Sunday Market and sample fashion, design, (organic) food and trinkets for children.

The market will be open all afternoon 12-18h  so you can enjoy the best of local wares and exclusive products from Dutch designers.

Artists and designers will be selling unique products such as fashion, illustrations, jewellery, ceramics, paintings and much more.

Wijvenkraam – Vintage market for “girls” of all ages @ Eusebiuskerk
Dec 1 all-day

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor wijvenkraamOn SUNDAY 01 DECEMBER 2019  the familiar fashion, vintage and design market for “girls” of all ages takes place in the beautiful newly-renovated Eusebius Church, in the heart of Arnhem.

Relaxed shopping in a vintage wonderland. Not your average flea market! Wijvenkraam often employs stylists, collectors, designers, fashion-holics and design enthusiasts among its vendors. Between 11:00 and 17:00, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of unique designs and secondhand treasures. From particular brands and vintage to beautiful handmade jewelry and art. Traditionally, the DJs provide delicious beats and with the cold German beers and other goodies you can keep the energy-level up .

Dec
5
Thu
Winter Fair @ Ahoy
Dec 5 – Dec 8 all-day

Winter-Fair
5 –  8 dec 2019
Besides its many stands, the Winter Fair has fashion shows, workshops, performances, photo shoots & more.

Almost 200 participants will be presenting their products and services at the winter fair. You will find everything related to home accessories, jewelry, personal care, fashion, Christmas items, interior design, cooking utensils, green decoration, travel and much more. In addition, there is plenty of food and drinks. Everything is presented in Christmas style.

During the Winter-Fair you can enjoy plenty of entertainment for young & old! There are performances and fashion shows, you can follow different workshops, there is a Winter-Bingo with great prizes and a large Christmas village with beautiful mini cottages and moving figurines. Of course Sinterklaas and Santa Claus will come to visit!

Dec
6
Fri
Internations Pre – Xmas Drinks @ Mainport Hotel
Dec 6 @ 19:30 – 23:45
Internations Pre - Xmas Drinks @ Mainport Hotel | Rotterdam | Zuid-Holland | Netherlands

On Friday evening, InterNations organises  Pre – Xmas Drinks at Mainport Hotel in Rotterdam from 19.30-23.30 h. Entrance is 10 Euro. You can join InterNations and become a member:

http://www.internations.org/start?ref=he_st

Dec
7
Sat
Haarlem Christmas Market @ City Centre of Haarlem
Dec 7 – Dec 8 all-day

The postcard-perfect city of Haarlem hosts a traditional Christmas market at the central Grote Markt (big market), a picturesque square overlooked by the impressive Grote Kerk.

You’ll find lots of shopping opportunities for Christmas art, fashion & design, festive food and decorations – plus live choirs providing a festive soundtrack. It all takes place over the weekend of 7-8 December.

Opening hours Christmas Market
Saturday the 7th of December from 10:00 to 21:00
Sunday the 8th of December from 11:00 to 19:00

https://www.visithaarlem.com/en/christmas-market

Le Marie Marché, French Market @ Het Plein
Dec 7 – Dec 8 all-day

Inspired by the dreamy atmosphere of French markets, Le Marie Marché will be organised on the Plein on the first weekend  of each month. With many delicious and beautiful wares.

The characteristic market is all about discovering and enjoying.

Something for everybody
At this special market you will find inviting food stalls with fantastic strawberries, organic cheeses, sweet delicacies, quality breads, Mediterranean treats and much more. There will also be numerous lifestyle stalls where you will find seasonal lifestyle articles and antiques and collectibles.

There is no better spot to do your shopping this weekend.

About Le Marie Marché
The businesses at the market will be divided into 4 different categories: Sweet & Juicy, Spicy & Salty, To Have & To Hold and Land & Sea.

More info
Le Marie Marché will be held from 11.00 to 18.00 hrs. on Saturday and Sunday on the Plein in The Hague.

More information can be found at www.lemariemarche.nl

Midwinter Fair @ Archeon
Dec 7 – Dec 8 all-day

Archeon Midwinter Fair, 7 & 8 December
For those who’d like to do something special this winter, which doesn’t necessarily follow the classic Christmas aesthetic, there is the Midwinter Fair, a charming fantasy event at Archeon.

The indoor market is filled with interesting stalls, and the outdoor terrain contains all kinds of tents with traditional tradesmen selling their unique items. Warm yourself by one of the fires, check out one of the interesting bands and grab a bite after shopping. There will also be various fun shows to admire, as well as trade demonstrations and medieval fights.

Entrance is a 24,90 Euro, however, if you have a museum card it is only 6 Euro.

Rock a Rail (snowboarding competition) @ Grote Markt
Dec 7 all-day

Without a doubt the coolest snowboarding competition in the Netherlands will take place on the Grote Markt on Saturday, 7 December. Get ready for great vibes and sick tricks during one of the most spectacular rail jams!

Some of the world’s top snowboarders will spend the weekend in the Netherlands doing what they do best: showing off spectacular tricks from a 2-story platform in one of the sickest rail setups ever to be seen in a city competition. They will be competing for prize money on snow provided by SnowWorld.

More than 30 boarders will try to gain the upper hand with the best jumps, tricks and rail rides. Expect the most insane rail riders from the universe during top-level adrenaline sport.

The Saturday event will be topped off by a fantastic after party on the Grote Markt with live music and DJs.

More info
The Rock A Rail competitions will be held from 15.30 to 22.15 on Saturday, 7 December on the Grote Markt. The after party begins at participating locations on the Grote Markt at 22.30 hrs.

The event and parties are free of charge.

More information at rockarail.tv.

Tree-lighting ceremony @ Stadhuisplein
Dec 7 @ 15:00 – 18:00

Tree-lighting ceremony on Stadhuisplein, Music and festivities to mark the moment when the lights go on in the Christmas tree.

On Saturday 7 december the tree will be lighted by mayor Aboutaleb between 17-18h.  City Hall will be open from 15 to 18 h. Apart from the lighting of the tree by mayor Aboutaleb there will be guided tours and story reading. For both you will have to reserve a your spot here: http://www.winterwelkomrotterdam.nl/openstadhuis/

The program will start at 17 h. There will 300 children from Rotterdam singing Winter and Christmas songs and Ruben Hein will be there as special guest