Netherlands Christmas Markets - Overview
As Netherland is relatively close to the UK it is an ideal Christmas Market destination to visit by coach, with short journey times and some fabulous markets to enjoy. Wherever you choose, Dutch Christmas Markets offer stalls bursting with traditional crafts, gifts and local treats, and are ideal for a Christmas shopping spree!
Fluweelengrot Christmas Market 2017
One of the most anticipated Christmas events in Holland is the Fluweelengrot (Velvet Cave) Christmas Market in Valkenburg. Set within the labyrinth of caves beneath Valkenburg Castle ruins, the market draws on the ancient legendary tales of Valkenburg immersing you in a truly magical atmosphere. You will find many unique local and international handmade products such as nativity scenes, sculptures, Christmas decorations, wreaths, candles and much more - there is an array of edible gifts too! Each year the market has a different theme; in 2010 it was a Charles Dickens Christmas. It would not be a Dutch Christmas Market without the traditional poffertjes (mini pancakes) and famous Dutch pea soup! This is the Netherlands largest commercial Christmas event attracting over 125,000 people each year. All proceeds go towards the Valkenburg Castle Foundation, which maintains the castle ruins.
Winterland Maastricht Christmas Market 2017
Maastricht is transformed into a winter wonderland during the Christmas season, where even Santa has made his home. There is much to do for all ages, big kids and little kids alike. The Christmas Market offers a variety of gifts to treat loved ones and yourself. With over 50 stalls of seasonal food and drink, you cannot leave without sampling winter Dutch cuisine such as oliebollen, poffertjes and Gluhwein. Why not have a go at turning pirouettes on the ice skating rink and then taking a ride on the Ferris wheel and enjoy the beautiful view of the city with some mulled wine. Before leaving, hand your wish list to Santa by visiting his new home in Maastricht Christmas Market.
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