The “gezelligste” Christmas Markets of Friesland

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 "gezelligste" Christmas Markets of Friesland
The “gezelligste” Christmas Markets of Friesland


Kerstfair Dokkum

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

Upcoming 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”.

Zoutsloter kerstmarkt in Harlingen

Besides the market, there are different activities and spectacles. Like the parade of Rudolf and Santa Claus for the little ones.

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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.

lekker sneek winter edition. Foto: Jan Douwe Gorter

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!!

Posted by Blokhuispoort Bhp on Freitag, 8. Dezember 2017


Christmas Markets in Balk

Held on 19th 9th December from 10:00 to 18:00 in Balk. The children can give Sinta Claus their letter or picture.

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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).

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Are you visiting any Christmas Market in Friesland? Which one do you find is the “gezelligste”?



  1. How lucky you are to be in the Netherlands around Christmas! I love the Christmas Markets. They put you in the right spirit for the holidays. I’d love to visit this country in spring. I’ve heard it’s beautiful. Thanks for joining #TheWeeklyPostcard, Shere.

  2. Interesting hearing Silent Night in Dutch though it could have been any language – the music and the sentiments are the same. Listening to it reminded me of the first time I heard the liturgy in Spanish.
    I love how these communities continue to maintain traditions that make Christmas special. Living in a city like NY, we’ve become used to the big, the over-the-top that has a lot of glitz and not much else.

  3. I am embarrassed to confess that I didn’t even know that Friesland *had* Christmas markets until now. The enchanting Charles Dickens atmosphere in Kerstfair Dokkum would put that one tops on our list, especially because local wines are available. 😉

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