Dutch Christmas Markets, 5 of the Best

From weekend markets to month long events

Think of Christmas Markets and you will most likely think about the Germans, for years they have done it best, but, there's an increasing number of markets popping up in Dutch cities all over the Netherlands.

Beautiful Christmas Markets in Holland
5 of the Best Dutch Christmas Markets

1. Magical Maastricht - November 29th - December 30th - Based entirely in Vrijthof Square, this month long market features a Ferris wheel, over 75 stalls and for the more daring visitor, an ice skating rink.  Here you’ll find delicious local foods and good quality handmade crafts.


2. Delightful Dordrecht - December 12th - 14th - Only lasting for one weekend, the Christmas Market in Dordrecht spares no expense.  It features over 200 stalls packed with Christmas themed gifts, artwork and antiques.  Covering most of the city centre, you’ll get to see most of Dordrecht’s landmark while you browse the market.


3. Vibrant Valkenburg - November 17th - January 4th - Tucked away in between Heerlen and Maastricht, Valkenburg is famous throughout the Netherlands for its Christmas celebrations.  It has to be one of the longest running markets being over a month and half.  Follow the culinary walking tour, visit Santa’s Village with the kids, watch the weekly Christmas Parades and experience the largest underground Nativity Scene in Europe, Valkenburg is one market not to be missed.


4. Heavenly Haarlem - December 13th – 14th - As far as markets in the Amsterdam area go, this is the one of the better markets to visit. Due to Haarlem’s compact size and pedestrian friendly streets, it’s a perfect candidate for a manageable Christmas Market. Gorge yourself on delicious artisan foods and pick up some quality handmade local crafts as Christmas presents for your loved ones.


5. Lovely Leiden - December 13th – 21st – Relatively new but truly unique, the Leiden Christmas Market floats over the Nieuwe Rijn Canal, thanks to an ingenious temporary scaffolding structure constructed by the market organisers in early December. Browse the fantastic range of stalls offering delicious warming local foods and beverages.