If you want to do something different this Christmas, take Stena Line’s ferry to Holland to explore both the famous and lesser known Dutch Christmas Markets – with no luggage restrictions, you can take back as many presents as you like!
Winterland Maastricht has a lively festive atmosphere. For six weeks, the Vrijthof in Maastricht will change into a festive square, with a Christmas Market, an ice-rink, a Ferris wheel, a carousel and a variety of other seasonal attractions.
Browse over 50 stalls for seasonal food and drink, such as oliebollen, poffertjes and Gluhwein. So whether you’re looking for exciting Christmas gift ideas or traditional Dutch Christmas fare, Winterland Maastricht is sure to grant you your Christmas wishes.
Christmas Market Fluweelengrot in Valkenburg
The international Christmas Market Fluweelengrot (Velvet Cave) in Valkenburg is the most anticipated annual Christmas event in Holland. Constructed around a distinctly fairy-tale like theme, “Christmas around the world”, it presents Christmas scenes from various spots around the globe.
The caves where the Christmas Market Fluweelengrot is set lend the event a wonderful atmosphere, harking back to ancient legends of Valkenburg’s legendary history. A walking tour through the market will lead visitors to an illuminated Christmas Cave, in which they’ll find an impressive 18th century chapel.
Dordrecht Christmas market
Dordrecht is only a 45 minute drive from the Hook of Holland and with over 300 stalls, it has Holland’s largest Christmas market. The entire historic city centre is decorated and the gardens of the Grote Kerk (Large Church) are transformed with Christmas trees and a manger. There are also musical acts to entertain the crowds as well a traditional nativity scene
Head to Holland with Stena Line from £79 one way, and no restrictions on Christmas shopping…