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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
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).
For the complete programme and prices visit the website at www.cooleventscheveningen.nl
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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!
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:
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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
OH the weather outside is frightful but the laughs are so delightful, inside and cozy with DECEMBER’S JUST KIDDING COMEDY ROTTERDAM – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7th, 8pm at Café Stalles in Rotterdam. For the 2019 wrap up we have something very special, the uniquely wonderful George Egg – The Comedian Who Cooks! plus young, silly Scotsman Connor Burns Comedy!
Saturday, December 7th, 2019
8:00pm Show / 7:15 pm Doors
Cafe Stalles – Nieuwe Binnenweg 11A, 3014 GA Rotterdam
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
Enjoy the winter edition of the historic outdoor Home Made Market in Hague style in the Hofkwartier on Sunday, 8 December.
In the run-up to Christmas you will find welcoming Christmas stalls and wooden houses full of great gift items, high-quality clothing and funky vintage design, home accessories, baubles and delicious locally-produced food products like cakes, cheeses and Burgundian delights.
Dozens of craftsmen will present their craft and breathe new life into traditional handicrafts. Try your hand at something new during one of the handicraft workshops.
If you are worn out from all the spectacle and sauntering around the stalls, take a rest by a fire with a glass of Glühwein, a bowl of split-pea soup or a delicious oliebol on the Grote Markt.
The winter edition of the Home Made Market will be held from 11.00 to 17.00 hrs. on Sunday, 8 December around the Prinsestraat, (Korte) Molenstraat, Nobelstraat, Papestraat, Annastraat and Oude Molstraat in the Hofkwartier.
For more information please click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2487920774830964/
Pure Markt features 80+ vendors selling a variety of sustainable, organic and artisanal products. Sunday from 11 to 17 hours. Every second Sunday at Amsterdamse Bos
At the market you’ll find plenty of delicious food as well as everything from toys and furniture to candles and cosmetics.
The variety of stands and special activities make Pure Markt a great outing for the entire family.
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.
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/
The Bruggenloop Rotterdam is a wonderful, completely revised event in the atmospheric month of December. It is a 15 kilometre challenge set in characteristic Rotterdam, offering bridges, skyline and a warm city centre. It takes place on Sunday 8 Dec at 15h.
Registration is possible until 7 Dec
Lichtjesavond in the evening of 10 December from 16 – 22 h
Lights will create a warm glow over Delft. Traditionally, the city will be full of color and light and this will give a slightly fairytale allure to this historical town. Floating fire pits, flares, light over the canals and colored Canal houses: you can see it all whilst enjoying a warm glass of mulled wine.
Here you can find the full programme: https://www.dedonkeredagenvandelft.nl/lichtjesavond
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.
Christmas 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.
Christmas on Middachten castle is a special experience every year. Fragrant Christmas trees, flower decorations, roaring fires, hundreds of candles in the windows of the castle, a small Christmas market and live music provide the ultimate Christmas atmosphere. In addition, the lightwalk in the gardens is wonderful and takes about 35 min. This year it takes place from Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 Dec. everyday from 12-20, Sunday until 19
The Hague has its very own Christmas fair. The Royal Christmas Fair takes place in the week leading up to Christmas with a traditional market along the Lange Voorhout and the center.
Gather all your friends, children and partner and stroll around the Royal Christmas Fair, while listening to Christmas carols, watching a theatrical performance and enjoying the holiday season vibe. You’ll find high-end handmade holiday gifts, Christmas carols performed by a children’s choir and mulled wine.
A cosy, authentic Christmas fair at a delightful location with magical Christmas lights and decorations.
More than 100 stalls will be selling everything from hot cocoa and Dutch oiliebollen (doughnut balls) to animal skins, antlers and all kinds of tasty foods.
The Christmas market is open daily from 12.00 to 21.00 hrs. on Lange Voorhout and center of The Hague. There is no charge for admission.
More information about the programme and the vendors can be found at www.royalchristmasfair.nl.
Swedish Christmas tree-lighting event
Join in for an evening of carols and hot cocoa on Thursday, 12 December when the candles in the Swedish Christmas tree are lit in front of the Escher Museum on the Lange Voorhout.
The Embassy of Sweden, Vereniging Buurtschap Centrum 2005 and Museum Escher in het Paleis will organise a lovely ceremony to mark the Feast Day of Santa Lucia, the festival of lights in Sweden. A representative from the Embassy of Sweden will jointly light the Christmas tree during the ceremony in front of Escher in het Paleis on the Lange Voorhout.
The event will be accompanied by the Salvation Army Music Corps playing Christmas melodies, and a choir will sing traditional Swedish Lucia songs as well as Christmas songs from around the world.
Everyone will be able to enjoy a steaming cup of hot cocoa or Glühwein and gingerbread cookies to ring in this festive season.
Feast of Lucia
The Embassy of Sweden has donated a Swedish Christmas tree to the city of The Hague almost every year since 1998. The candles in the tree are traditionally lit around 13 December, the day upon which the Feast of Lucia is celebrated in Sweden. At the darkest time of the year Lucia, dressed in white and with candles in her hair, will bring light into the dark winter night.
The festivities will be held from 18.00 to 19.00 on Thursday, 12 December on the Lange Voorhout. This is a free event.
More information can be found here
From Friday 13 until 15 December 2019, a Christmas market takes place at the Trompenburg botanical garden in Rotterdam. There will 50 stalls, think about biscuits and cake from Koekela, bread from Jordy’s bakery, handmade ware, like jewellery, shawls, hads etc.
Friday 15 – 21 h
Saturday 10 -16 h
Sunday 10 – 16 h .
For more information see
There is a lantern parade for children on Friday evening. Children until 12 years old are welcome at 18h to take part. Tickets are 5 Euro At 19h there will be a football game in Santa outfit.
On Saturday and Sunday there will be a merry-go-round and bouncing castle for kids and they can also back bread and take part in Winter games.
In Dordrecht, a small town near Rotterdam, you can find one of the biggest Christmas markets of Holland! Under a sky of bright stars and sky high Christmas trees, you can wander around more than 300 stalls in the many shopping streets and squares in the historical part of Dordrecht.
For more information have a look on www.kerstmarktdordrecht.nl
From Friday 13 until Sunday 15! Friday and Saturday from 10 – 21h and Sunday from 11-18h.
Singer-songwriters, americana and indiepop: Festival Stille Nacht brings a rich mix of quality artists together in an intimate and warm setting.
The first names have been announced: AAPNOOTMIES, Amber Run, Andrew Combs, Jasper Steverlinck, Kirby Brown and la loye amongst others will perform at the festival.
The festival takes place at Maassilo, Rotterdam. Tickets are starting from 26,50 euro (excl service). Doors open at 5.30pm.