December is the month of the Christmas Markets and not only in Germany and other Nordic countries, also in The Netherlands there’re a lot of Christmas Markets. The main difference though is that here the Christmas Markets are held one day, so you need to know when and where they are. As well as pick some of them (you won’t be able to ) Here I have an overview of the “gezelligste” Christmas Markets of Friesland. Why these markets? Because they are held in small cities or villages which offers a very cosy atmosphere.
The kerstfair Dokkum will be held on
11th 15th December from 13:30 to 22:00. The city center will have a Charles Dickens atmosphere and there will even be a parade. You can have an impression of this market in this video. Don’t miss the Dickens’ mulled cider and the wines from De Frysling (the most northerly vineyard in the Netherlands).
Zoutsloter Kerstmarkt in Harlingen
12 9th December from 15:00 to 21:00 in Harlingen, the Zoutsloter (canal) is filled with stalls and decorated with lights and fireplaces. Don’t miss the olibollen van Sieb’s, the mulled wine from de roode plug and the friet from VET… And if like last year, there’s a heavy storm, you can look for shelter in the “kerst cafe”.
Besides the market, there are different activities and spectacles. Like the parade of Rudolf and Santa Claus for the little ones.
Lekker Sneek winter edition & Kerstmarkt Grootzand
Two events combined in one day! Enjoy the city with a nice Christmas atmosphere: Christmas trees, snow, heated tents and a living Nativity scene. On Sunday 10th December.
Christmas Market in de Blokhuispoort, Leeuwarden
De kerstmarkt in de Blokhuispoort, the old prison of Leeuwarden, will be held on 16th and 17th December, with the “wish tree” and many stalls. This year the entrance is free and there will be a real ice skating rink, a circus and of course Santa!!
Christmas Markets in Balk
19th 9th December from 10:00 to 18:00 in Balk. The children can give Sinta Claus their letter or picture.
Christmas market in Vlieland
This market is almost on Christmas, on the 29th of December in Vlieland from 15:00 to 18:00. You can combine this market with a cranberry compote workshop (Vlieland is really famous for its cranberries).
Are you visiting any Christmas Market in Friesland? Which one do you find is the “gezelligste”?