With numerous festive events, Christmas trees, decorations, and that lovely cosy feeling, December is my favourite month of the year. A big reason for it is Christmas markets. Since I love visiting them, I did some research again this year and looked for the Christmas markets organised in the Netherlands in 2022. I first compiled this list six years ago and have updated it each year since. So if you would like to visit some Christmas markets in the Netherlands, here is your complete guide through the Dutch Christmas markets.
Christmas markets in the Netherlands – with 2022 agenda
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Many events will be organised during December 2022 in the Netherlands. From the vintage Christmas market that will transfer you back to the beginning of the 20th century to some located in castles or underground caves. There is an ice skating rink in almost every Dutch town, with many Christmas concerts, Santa’s visits and shopping opportunities for some lovely Christmas presents.
Christmas Markets in Amsterdam 2022
It looks like more and more things are organised each year during the winter months in Amsterdam. Although many events were cancelled during the last two years, many Christmas markets will be organised in the Netherlands in 2022.
Winter Pure Markt 2022
Date: December 18th 2022
The Christmas edition of the Pure Markt will be held on Sunday, December 18th, at Park Frankendael. Stalls will be there between 11 am and 5 pm. You can expect excellent food from all around the world, homemade jams and other yummy dishes. You’ll find some clothes, jewellery and toys there, as well. For more info about Winter Pure Markt, take a look here!
Amsterdam Light Festival 2022
Date: December 1st 2022 – January 22nd 2023
The eleventh edition of ALF is taking place between December 1st 2022 and January 22nd 2023, under the name ‘Imagine beyond’. It’s a beautiful festival celebrating the art of light with numerous art installations made by international artists displayed alongside the route. I visit the Light Festival in Amsterdam almost every year and strongly recommend it!
The best way to see it is on one of the special canal cruise boats following the Light Festival route. Book your tickets in advance on this link. It’s a round-trip tour starting and finishing at the Central Station.
You can also walk alongside the route to see the light installations. However, I recommend exploring them on one of the boat cruises.
ICE Amsterdam 2022
Date: November 12th 2022 – February 5th 2023
With its cosy Christmas setting, ICE Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful places each December in Amsterdam. It’s located at Museumplein, surrounded by some of the best museums in Amsterdam, like Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum or Moco Museum. It’s also home to one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful ice skating rinks. After a museum visit and some ice skating, you can warm yourself up with some mulled wine or a hot chocolate in a café next to the rink.
Funky Xmas Market 2022
Date: December 18th 2022
A unique Christmas market is organised each year in Amsterdam. It’s a special edition of Sunday Market that takes place under the name Funky Xmas Market. It will be organised at Westergasfabriek on Sunday, December 18th. For more info about Funky Xmas Market, take a look here!
Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs 2022
Date: December 15th 2022 – January 1st 2023
RAI in Amsterdam will be transformed into a real winter fairytale during the last two weeks of this year. With some real snow and a winter landscape, it will become one of the most fun places for Christmas activities in Amsterdam. It will also become the home of the Netherlands’ largest ice skating rink. Besides some music events and winter activities, it will also host a Ferris wheel from which you could enjoy a fantastic view of Amsterdam. For more info and tickets, take a look here.
Christmas market in Maastricht 2022
Maastricht Christmas market 2022
Date: December 1st – December 30th 2022
The biggest Christmas market in the Netherlands, and my absolute favourite, takes place between December 1st and 30th, 2022. The main square in the charming Dutch town of Maastricht is becoming a Christmas village for the whole month of December. It will be home to an ice skating rink, many Christmas stalls and nicely decorated small restaurants and cafés. You can check the complete Maastricht Christmas market agenda on this link.
Christmas Market in Valkenburg 2022
Christmas Town Valkenburg 2022
Date: November 18th – December 30th 2022
Very close to Maastricht, another Dutch Christmas gem is located – Europe’s largest underground Christmas market. Held between November 18th and December 30th 2022, it’s one of the most popular Christmas markets in the Netherlands. It was awarded the European Best Christmas Market in 2020. So it’s a Christmas Market in the Netherlands that shouldn’t be missed! For more info about Christmas Town Valkenburg, take a look here!
Christmas Market in Gouda 2022
Gouda bij Kaarslicht & Winter Marckt 2022
Date: December 11th & 16th 2022
One of the most beautiful Dutch Christmas Markets will occur again this year on December 16th 2022. During it, different events take place in the historical centre of Gouda. From musical performances to guided tours and workshops. However, the most fascinating event is Gouda bij Kaarslicht, when the main square in Gouda is lit only by candles.
This Dutch town will also be home to the Winter Marckt, organised a week before, on December 11th 2022. Here is the link with more info about that lovely Dutch Christmas market.
Christmas Market in Den Haag 2022
Royal Christmas Fair 2022
Date: December 8th – 23rd 2022
Being home to the Dutch Royal family, it comes an no surprise Den Haag is organising the Royal Christmas Fair. You can visit it between December 8th and 23rd, 2022, at the Lange Vijverberg. The city centre will become home to more than one hundred Christmas stalls, beautiful decorations, a children’s Christmas fair and a fantastic cultural program. For more info about Royal Christmas Fair, take a look here.
Christmas Market in Rotterdam 2022
Finish Christmas Shop 2022
Date: November 17th – 22nd & November 24th – 29th 2022
The annual Finnish Christmas Shop will be organised at Rotterdam Finnish Seamen’s Mission. You can try some Finnish food and buy some of their Christmas products there. It will be held from November 17th – 22nd and November 24th – 29th 2022. For more info about the Finnish Christmas Bazaar, take a look here!
Christmas in Archeon 2022
Archeon Winter Events 2022
Date: November 19th 2022 – January 8th 2023
One of my favourite places in the Netherlands to get yourself in a Christmas mood is Archeon. It has a lovely Christmas spirit with a sense of history. Archeon is hosting many events and festivities this winter between November 19th and January 8th. From the City of Sinterklaas, Midwinter Fair, Celebrate Winter, Christmas Brunch to ice skating. And all of that in a beautiful historical setting. For more info about winter events in Archeon, take a look here.
Although fewer Christmas markets in the Netherlands are organised this year, there are still many fantastic events you can enjoy this winter in Dutch cities. This guide through the Christmas markets in the Netherlands with the 2022 agenda will make it easier for you to find some you would like to visit.
Are you planning to visit any Christmas markets in the Netherlands this year? What is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!
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