Christmas Market Dordrecht:
Dates: 14, 15 & 16 December 2018
During the Christmas market, the atmosphere in the historic inner city of Dordrecht is totally transformed into one of Christmas. The decorated stalls surround the medieval Grote Kerk, line the monumental Groenmarkt, bathe in the light of the illuminated Stadhuis and adorn the Voorstraat. Choirs and bands, hot snacks and a real Christmas skating rink on the Scheffersplein add to the atmosphere and pleasure. Enjoy the attractive Christmas trees and sing along with singers on the Stadhuisplein.
Saint Nicolas house:
From mid November, Saint Nicolas (a Dutch version of Father Christmas) takes up residence in the Saint Nicolas house in Dordrecht, which has been specially equipped for him and his retinue. The city puts a stylish home at his disposal: The Hof, a historic building with attractively furnished rooms, vaults and stairs. On the Hof square, there is a lot of room to play games with one of Saint Nicholas’ attendants, Black Peter, or sing songs. Enter The Hof and first visit Saint Nicolas himself. You can also take a look in the bathroom, the bedroom, the room where the presents are kept and the bakery where ginger nuts are made and where you can decorate a typically Dutch Taai-taai doll.
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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