In December, The Hague’s charming city centre transforms into a winter wonderland. The streets are lit up with twinkling lights and stores are piled high with festive gifts. During the TINK winter event, more than 60 business owners create captivating window displays to battle for the title of the most attractive shop window. The excitement draws large crowds who come to eat, shop and win fantastic prizes. And when you’ve had your fill of festive cheer, the nearby beach invites you for a breath of fresh, crisp air. 

Christmas market stalls Den Haag

After admiring the windows, head to the Royal Christmas Fair in The Hague, one of the best Christmas markets in the Netherlands, to delight your friends and family with unique handcrafted gifts. The Lange Voorhout, one of the finest historic streets in Europe, glows with lights and decorations as you browse this year’s 100 stalls for gifts, snuggly winter clothing and design pieces for your home. After you’ve gathered all you can carry, enjoy a programme of children's choirs, theatre groups and storytellers while sipping a mug of hot chocolate or glühwein.

The famous beach at Scheveningen serves as the annual backdrop for colourful displays during the winter months. Firework displays light up the sky around the Pier in Scheveningen on several weekends in November and December. Don’t let the wintry weather put you off a refreshing day at the seaside either – a full schedule of entertainment and events takes place around Scheveningen for the whole family.

Take the opportunity to get your adrenaline pumping in Scheveningen, which is home to the ultimate winter sports experience. The Cool Event (in Dutch) takes place from November 2017 to 14 January 2018 and includes an ice sculpture exhibition and a stunning 600-square-metre ice rink in front of the famous Kurhaus Hotel. The rink is open from 10:00 to 22:00, so you can glide around the ice under the stars. Admission is just € 5 and skates are available for rent. 

Christmas market Santa Den Haag

A two-minute walk from the ice skating rink through the Palace Promenade shopping centre will bring you to Palace Fun Slide, a 30-metre-long ice slide, on the boulevard. Spend a thrilling 20 minutes sliding down on an inflatable tube or purchase a combination ticket with the skating rink for a day of fun on the ice.

For more tips on things to do in The Hague during the winter, visit The Hague’s winter website.