The holiday season is already here, and you must have done some planning to shop something or the other for your family members even when on tours in Amsterdam city. Throughout December, Christmas spirit fills the Netherlands too, and that is enough to lead an anonymous traveler into a shopping dizzy. If you were wondering or were in two minds regarding where to shop when on Amsterdam tours, below is a quick guide to five of the nation’s best Christmas markets.
Funky Xmas Market
The monthly market that opens on Sundays, highlighting the works by fashion designers, local artists, and like, gets a touch groovy with this special market in the first week of December. You can either go to Westergasfabriek in order to browse through a pile of handmade art as well as accessories, or relax and enjoy the artsy ambiance.
Within the former warehouse turned event venue called Kromhouthal awaits a seasonal market for people to explore. When in the Amsterdam Noord venue, find the ideal Christmas presents before settling down in order to have a cold one, and enjoy live bands’ music, performances, and a special kids’ program.
Ice Village Amsterdam
Each year around the wintertime, the Museumplein area transforms into a beautiful Christmas village, rife with an ice rink, market stalls, live entertainment spots, and a lot of festive drinks and food to keep you warm. If you can, take a spin on the seasonal ice or play bowling in one of Amsterdam’s most breathtaking Christmas markets.
Haarlem Christmas Market
One of the Netherlands’ biggest festive markets is the one in Haarlem. It is also a must-visit place when you are in the country for seasonal shopping. As you wander through hundreds of stalls that weave through the Haarlem city center, sounds of the carols and scent of Christmas treats fill the air.
This holiday market in Alkmaar in the midst of the Dutch city takes over Waagplein. It features over sixty wooden Christmas houses as well as market stalls, which all offer great presents and festive food and drinks, comprising Christmas jumper, cake, and gluhwein. People can also watch performances by a singing Santa, a choir that chants all your favorite carols, and even Scrooges. Children will get the opportunity to decorate baubles or whizz down a mountain’s simulation at it ski simulator.