Things to do in December and January
Over the past two years, we were not able to go out much in December and January. We had to keep our distance from each other, there was a curfew, visits to loved ones were limited and there was a lockdown.
Luckily, it looks like in the Netherlands we have made it through the worst regarding to corona. Fewer people are getting sick and in general people are less sick from corona than before.
Also, the pressure on healthcare has decreased tremendously, which makes it look like we can get out and have lots of fun in the winter months again! And of course, we can recommend you some activities.
Royal Christmas Fair - The Hague
From 8 to 23 December, you will find a Christmas Market in the historical centre of The Hague. Open every day from 12:00 to 21:00. Check out the many nice looking Christmas houses, thousands of LED lights, cosy bonfires while enjoying a gluhwein or hot chocolate with whipped cream. There are also children's activities, (children's) choirs and performances. Admission is for free!
Christmas circus - Rotterdam
In Ahoy Rotterdam, Christmas Circus Ahoy celebrates its 50th anniversary. From 25 December to 1 January, there will be 2 circus shows almost every day at 11:30 and 15:30. Each show lasts 2,5 hours including a short break. There are trapeze acts, jugglers, acrobats, motorbikes and shows with animals.
The circus performers come from different countries of the world such as Spain, China, Brazil, Germany, France, Austria, etc. The circus is accompanied by a live orchestra. Tickets are now on sale, starting from € 32,95 per person.
Winter Efteling - Kaatsheuvel
From 14 November to 5 March 2023, theme park De Efteling will be transformed into the Winter Efteling. Besides the roller coasters that are always open (outdoor roller coasters are open as long as weather conditions are suitable), you will find an ice rink (you can rent skates) and you can enjoy several winter delights, bonfires and winter themed park shows. A ticket costs € 46,- for an adult. For children, this price is lower (depending on age). There are also possibilities to stay overnight here.
Ice skating – Rotterdam
A 400-meter ice skating rink in a luminous tunnel, a special "fun rink" for children and a curling rink. And in addition, there are special events, such as a Silent Disco! For those who would like to learn how to ice skate, it is also possible to get skating lessons from one of the teachers. Would you rather just watch? This is possible while you are enjoying a snack and a drink in the cozy fun bar. The ice skating rink is open from November 26 to March 2. Tickets are on sale from € 7,50. If you don't have your own skates, they are also available to rent here.
There is also a heated restaurant where you can - in between or after ice skating - warm yourself up and enjoy some winter snacks and drinks.
Ice skating - Amsterdam
Enjoy ice skating, food, drinks, (Christmas) shops or visit just for fun the winter market of the Netherlands. Ice Village Amsterdam is free to visit for all ages. From December 14 until December 26, 2022 you will find the most original Christmas gifts at the winter market of Ice Amsterdam on the Museumplein.
The ice skating rink will be open every day until February 5, 2023. Every Thursday and Saturday night there is a special "Silent Disco on Ice". Here you can skate and listen to the nicest music while dancing or have a drink along the side. All with the beautiful Rijksmuseum in the background!
Tickets are on sale from € 7,50 and skates can also be rented at additional costs.
We wish you a lot of fun in the coming winter months. Enjoy!