Holland, or the Netherlands, is home to an abundance of things to do all throughout the year. There are many great activities and attractions available in winter in Holland. In the colder months the landscape becomes snowy and icy, lending a magical air to the cities and countryside areas. Dress warmly and set out to explore Holland in the winter.
Here are some top things to do in the winter in Holland:
Many towns and cities in Holland have fabulous Christmas markets at winter time. Numerous venders offer a wide selection of gifts, decorations, and traditional foods and drinks, carol singers fill the air with haunting sounds, and bright lights twinkle in the frosty air. Most markets have a huge ornate Christmas tree and a place where children can meet Father Christmas. Fun fairs and artificial ice rinks are common, as are charming nativity scenes and cultural shows. Some favourites include those in the capital city of Amsterdam, the Winter Wonderland at Maastricht, and the novel cave market at Valkenburg.
The Dickens Festival
The old city of Bergkwartier hosts the interesting Dickens Festival each year. It offers a weekend of fun and glimpses into life in Victorian England. Literary characters such as Miss Havisham, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Fagin, Scrooge, and Samuel Pickwick can be found roaming the streets, and you nay even see Queen Victoria in all her pomp ad splendor! Period costumes add to the wonderful atmosphere, and you can mingle with ragged orphans, drunkards, street urchins, clerical workers, and well to do folk.
Ice skating is a really popular thing to do in winter in Holland. Many lakes and rivers freeze, with ice solid enough to skate upon. You can even skate in many of the cities, with artificial rinks providing icy fun for all.
Eat, Drink, and be Merry!
Holland is known for its great selection of winter foods and drinks. Kruidenbitter is a common liquor in the country, and there are various types of local Dutch beers. Food wise, try smoked sausages, pea soup, mashed vegetables, and more!
The old theme park really knows how to do winter! Visitors can enjoy skating, rides, various entertainment, and campfires, all beneath wonderfully enchanting lights. It is a great place for the whole family to enjoy together.
Mirakels Kerstland Brederode
Amongst the old ruins of Brederole you will find the enticing Mirakels Kerstland Brederode. There is a big wheel, sleigh rides, slides, rides, a selection of great market stalls, and numerous places to eat and drink. Little ones can go and meet Father Christmas for some Christmassy awe.
Other things to do in the winter in Holland are to attend a carol service in a beautiful, traditional church, go shopping in the brightly lit shopping centres, enjoy a warming hot chocolate in a coffee shop, take a walk along a gusty beach, and meander around delightful old cities in the icy air.