Best Christmas Markets Netherlands


Ok, we are more the sunny-palmtrees-beach-types, BUT we loooove the Christmas season and anything that has anything to do with it. We can already smell the glühwein, hot chocolate and hear Mariah’s All I Want For Christmas blasting from the speakers. It’s time to check out the best Christmas Markets in the Netherlands for 2023/2024.

We did a little research for you so you don’t have to. These are by far the best Christmas Markets in the Netherlands happening this year!

Christmas City Valkenburg – 17th Nov – 7th of Jan, Valkenburg

Probably the cutest town in the South of the Netherlands that’s being transformed into a winter wonderland. You can even stroll down into the unique Christmas caves. Imagine 1000 lights, miniature villages that go on and on, live Christmas music, food and stalls. Kids will love it too as there are plenty of events happening. Buy your tickets in advance!

Kerststad Valkenburg - best Christmas markets Netherlands
Source: Kerststad Valkenburg

Country & Christmas Fair – 21st – 26th of November, Utrecht

Needless to say that a Christmas market or fair held at a castle like this location, has to be amazing. On location at the stunning Van Haar Castle in Haarzuilens, will be around 240 Christmas stalls where you can buy about anything. It will be open until 10PM at night so you can enjoy the many Christmas lights, which is one of the reasons this fair is over 22 years old! Besides, there will be a watershow with lights, a Moulin Rouge mirror tent for beers and snacks. For kids there is a treasure hunt and lot’s of food they will undoubtedly love. Tickets are available from €11 for evening to €17,50 for day tickets.

Haarlem Christmas Market – 8th & 10th Dec, Haarlem 

This market has been voted as one of 5 best Christmas Markets in the Netherlands so it’s a must visit! On the main square next to the ‘Grote Kerk’ you will find many stands with crafts, food, gifts and of course hot drinks. Besides the market, you can also stroll around Haarlem city and discover the many boutique shops and cafe’s. 

Castle Christmas Fair Nov ‘2024 (not in 2023)

This magical spot is portably one of the most unique Christmas Markets in the Netherlands. Located next to Beeckenstijn, a beautiful area for walks in the North of the Netherlands. You can find over 100 stalls, and performances – fun for young and old! Tickets will be on sale here.

Royal Christmas Fair – 7th – 23rd of December, Den Haag

The Royal Christmas Fair is one of the first Christmas markets to be announced at an early stage. The Christmas market is very spacious, something that comes in handy during these Covid times. This Christmas Market will take place on the Lange Voorhout during this 7th edition. It will consists of at least 100 Christmas stalls, thousands of lights and enough to eat and drink while enjoying the crackling wood from the fire pits.

Christmas Winter Fair – 14th – 30th of Dec, Amsterdam Rai

This will be the 4th edition and the largest Christmas Fair Amsterdam has seen. The Amsterdam Winter Parade exists of different winter ‘worlds’. For example, there will be a Wintersquare which will be the meeting place where cake and warm drinks can be enjoyed while walking across the Christmas market. There will be a large outside Fair with a 50 meters high ferris wheel and circus theatre. In order to enter and participate in all activities you must purchase a ticket available from €12,95 for the evening and €19,95 for daytime tickets.


Christmas Market Maastricht 30th of Nov – 31st of Dec, Vrijthof

Magical Maastricht Vrijthof, no place in Maastricht breathes more Christmas spirit than this special square. Here you will experience the best winter activities. Think of the local Christmas market, the big Ferris wheel and the indoor skating rink. Admire the large Christmas tree and the sparkling lights, sip hot chocolate and get your festive gifts.

Charles Dickens Festijn – 16th & 17th Dec, Deventer

This unique Christmas fair is one of a kind. Check the video for an impression!

Nostalgic Christmas Market – 13th – 17th Dec, Leiden

This year there will again be a cozy Nostalgic Christmas Market in Leiden on the Hooglandse Kerkgracht. This edition provides 5 days of Christmas market fun with cozy wooden chalets filled with fun Christmas gifts, food trucks with tasty winter snacks and a cozy winter terrace where it’s nice to linger with a hot chocolate or mulled wine.

Christmas Market Leiden
Christmas Market Leiden ©Jelte Liemburg

Sunday Market Funky Christmas Edition – 17th December, Amsterdam

Every 1st Sunday of the month you will find the Sunday Market at the Westergas area in Amsterdam. The Christmas edition is by far the best one because it get’s you right in the Christmas spirit! Here you’ll find many local products by local craftsmen, tasty food and hot drinks!

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