Head for Haarlem (one your one-horse sleigh)
Your festive adventure begins in the city of Haarlem, where the historic canals and old world charm bring something extra special to the season. The Haarlem Christmas Market delights visitors of all ages with its traditional take on a Christmas market. Indulge in festive sweets, stock up on handmade goodies, and shop to the soundtrack of a live choir.
Haarlem Christmas Market, Haarlem, 9 & 10 December 2017
Have yourself a merry little country Christmas
The extravagant De Haar Castle becomes more magical then ever when it sparkles with fairy lights during the annual Country and Christmas Fair. As the 20th edition of the fair, 2017 promises to jingle all the way with more than 240 stalls selling handmade treats and treasures, carol singing and general merriment. Get amongst it between 21 and 26 November 2017.
Country and Christmas Fair, De Haar Castle, 21-26 November 2017
Oh come all ye faithful to the Winterfair
Prepare your one-horse sleigh, Christmas is about to get all the more enchanting. The pretty streets of Alkmaar's historic Oudestad are transformed into a treasure trove of glittering ornaments, fairy lights and handcrafted gifts for the hard to impress. As if you needed any more convincing, live performances, festive tunes and irresistible foodie treats make it a very merry day out.
Winterfair Christmas Market, Alkmaar, 10 December 2017
Walk in a winter wonderland
The outdoor market in Kerstmarkt Natuurpark would fill the Grinch with Christmas joy. The market takes place in a pretty rural setting, and specialises is traditionally Dutch gifts and goodies. With a live nativity, crackling fire pits and a festive trail through the park, the special season doesn’t get more 'gezellig' than this.
Kerstmarkt Natuurpark, Lelystad, 16 December 2017
All is calm, all is bright in Vreeland
Christmas traditions of the past are revived at the cosy Christmas village in Vreeland. Aside from shopping for gorgeous handmade gifts and decorations, the kids can meet Santa and his reindeer and take part in Christmassy crafts. You'll be entertained by talented performers and have plenty of opportunities get your fill of mulled wine, hot chocolate and festive fare.
Kerstmarkt Vreeland, Vreeland, 9 December 2017
Rockin’ around the Christmas Fair
The Christmas Castle Fair gives you the chance to explore the magnificent grounds and gardens of Slot Assumburg. The fairytale setting, combined with live performances and gourmet food stalls makes Christmas shopping a pleasure.
Christmas Castle Fair, Heemskerk, 7-10 December 2017