Amsterdam Christmas Market

vrolijk kerstfeest

Dates: See list below for 2018

Ice Amsterdam – ice rink on Museumplein – 14 – 26 December 2018

Museumplein is turned into a Christmas Square every year, boasting a market and craft-making displays perfect for passing an afternoon. There is also an ice rink which is open well into the evening. Christmas lights are put up from the middle of November, and an evening stroll in any direction from the brightly-illuminated tree in Dam Square can prove a pleasant one, especially through the Leidseplein and its surrounding area or towards the Jordaan, which is full of cosy cafes and unique shops. Located at either end of the Leidsestraat, both Leidseplein and Koningsplein will be home to various festive market stalls. The ice rink and olliebollen food stands can be found at Leidseplein. Located at either end of the Leidsestraat, both Leidseplein and Koningsplein are traditionally home to various festive market stalls. The ice rink and olliebollen food stands can be found at Leidseplein from early November until mid-January, with additional Christmas-themed activities taking place during December.

Pink Christmas Market

Part of the Pink Christmas festivities, the gay-friendly Christmas Market usually comes to the Zeedijk on a Saturday leading up to Christmas, featuring numerous stalls as well as performances and a fashion show.

One of the largest Christmas market events in the Netherlands is Christmas at Castle Keukenhof. Be inspired for Christmas in one of the best fair locations in the Netherlands? Come to the Christmas fair at Keukenhof in Lisse! Every year the traditional Christmas market on Castle Keukenhof is held on the weekend after Sint-Niklaas (a Dutch tradition for children). This year’s event promises to be bigger and even more fun to be with numerous stands, stalls and chalets to taste, experience, and buy.

Amsterdam Winter Paradise, RAI Amsterdam21 – 30 December 2018

New Year’s Eve – Fireworks at the Maritime Museum – 2300 on 31 Dec 2018

World Christmas Circus – 20 Dec 2018 to 6 Jan 2019

Haarlem Christmas Market, Grote Markt8 – 9  December 2018

Pure Winter Market Amstelpark + Park Frankendael16th Dec – 23rd Dec 2018 – 11: 00-17: 00

Amsterdam Light Festival29 November 2018 until 20 January 2019

Castle Christmas Fair, Heemskerk29 Nov – 2 December 2018

Winter Village, Winkelcentrum Stadshart, Amstelveen 29 November 2018 – 6 January 2019


Christmas is also a time when we tend to think more about food and drink as we like to treat our family and friends when they come to visit, but have you ever thought about what foods are traditional in other countries of the world? Why not take a look at the page below and see what other nationalities are cooking up this Christmas. Christmas is also a time for trying out traditional and new ways of cooking meals, cakes, snacks…….. the list goes on, here we have a selection of Christmas recipes from around the world for you to take a look at, and maybe try out … and if you have a special recipe that you would like to share with the world, then you can send it in to us for others to try out to World-wide Christmas Recipes. Who are the most important people at Christmas? yes, of course, its the CHILDREN and we have not left them out, there is a page packed full of Christmas activities to keep them busy ( and Mums everywhere heave a sigh of relief ! ) … take a look at this page and download the information Children’s Christmas page Read about the Christmas Customs and Traditions of the nations of the world and how they differ, or are maybe the same as, ours. … What is the feast of the “Epiphany” or that of “St Lucia“ which countries are these important too? See here the origins of the most beautiful of all the Christmas Carols “Silent Night“, where it came from, who wrote it and listen to the song itself ( look to see which very famous person is singing it!) Have a look at the main Christmas page and see who Father Christmas is, where did he come from, where is he now, and who is St Nicolaus? Send him a letter from the children, browse through some Christmas Market Tours or listen to a new Christmas song on the page there is so much to see and read, so why not do it !! For those of you who want to travel a little further than the local shops this year have a look at Father Christmas in Lapland or maybe (the ultimate treat for Mums – Dads take note ! ) Shopping in New York we have it all right here for you. As Christmas approaches we also think of snow and with that thought comes skiing, skating, sledging and all manner of “Fun in the Snow” things to do which will last for weeks after Christmas time has been and gone. Around Europe there are many places to visit where you can enjoy the winter activities, whether it is before, during or after Christmas. Below you will find a sample of activities and places to look at which you may find will interest or even surprise you. Please take time to have a look.

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Christmas Recipes

Food plays a very important part in the season of Goodwill and Festive Cheer. Here we have a selection of recipes from around the globe which we hope will help you to prepare for Christmas.

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Discover all you need to know about the history of Silent Night, the Lyrics and listen to Silent Night

Discovwer all about St Nicholas. Find out who he was, how he become a saint and why he is associated with Christmas. Discover St Nicholas here

Find Puzzles, word searches, letters to print of for Santa plus much more here, in the Kids Corner

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