Christmas markets are a tradition throughout Europe and particularly in the Netherlands and Germany. In fact, the Dresden Christmas market dates all the way back to the 1400s. During this festive time of year, bustling street markets feature handmade gifts and plenty of delicious treats. These markets celebrate this special holiday and are a great way to get the family together.
European Christmas markets also attract thousands of tourists each year who are looking for a special holiday experience. The Christmas market in The Hague is a great way for travelers to get into the holiday spirit and enjoy some last minute shopping.
When to Go
The holiday markets are typically held in the last three to four weeks leading up to Christmas day. Plan to travel between the last week in November and Christmas day.
During the last two weeks in November, the local American Women’s Club and The St John-St Philip Church holds their Holiday Bazaars, which are always a hit with the locals and tourists.
In December, the BSN Winter Fair takes place as well as the Hungry Mind Community Centre Christmas Market.
What to Expect
Christmas markets are a truly unique experience and similar to a fair. Local vendors set up tents in the city’s streets and offer a variety of different handmade toys, ornaments and last-minute gifts. Food and drink can also be enjoyed. Santa is almost always present at these events to chat with children and bring a smile to their faces.
The American Women’s Club holds their annual Holiday Bazaar at the Carlton Ambassador Hotel and serves as one of the largest fundraiser events for the club. Among the goods that can be purchased include authentic Dutch pottery, children’s toys, potpourri, candles, unique décor items, scarves, jewelry, plenty of baked goods and more. Kids can also take part in fun activities and crafting for a nominal fee.
The Hague Christmas market offers a unique and festive experience for those who are looking to celebrate the holiday season in a new way. Travelers who have yet to experience the joy of traversing through the city’s holiday markets are in for a real treat as the entire city joins in the festivities of this special time of year. Admission to most markets is free, but some indoor markets will charge two to five Euros to enter. Children’s crafts may also cost a nominal fee, but are sure to create a memorable and meaningful experience.