Festive Delights: December’s Unmissable Events in Benelux & Germany

Amidst the winter’s darkness, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany shine bright with an array of captivating events for this cozy season. As the festive spirit unfolds, prepare yourself for some more exciting happenings in the area. Whether you’re drawn to delightful treats, passionate about beer, or simply mesmerized by twinkling lights and cozy movie nights, there’s something to captivate you during these shorter days of the extended month. 🍫🍻✨🎥

🇳🇱 The Netherlands

What: Sinterklaas

Where: the Netherlands and Belgium

When: 5 December

Sinterklaas – a beloved Dutch tradition that could be called the most important holiday of the year! For newcomers to the Netherlands (and Belgium), this celebration may be quite a culture shock for you. Rooted in the legend of Saint Nicholas, Sinterklaas is a joyous occasion, particularly cherished by children. Said to be living in Spain, the Saint usually arrives in the Netherlands via steamboat. Alongside his companions, Sinterklaas brings gifts and treats to well-behaved kids in honor of his birthday. It’s a time for families to gather together, sing traditional songs, and exchange heartfelt gifts.

What: Amsterdam Light Festival

Where: Amsterdam

When: 30 November – 21 January 2024

Prepare to be captivated by the 12th edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival! This immersive experience merges AI and digital innovation, transforming Amsterdam’s iconic canals into a dazzling canvas. Embark on a magical Light Festival canal cruise to witness over twenty breathtaking light artworks or take a leisurely stroll along the bridges and waterways. The festival allows you to dive deeper into our relationship with technology—touching on communication, our digital journey, and finding the boundaries. Get ready for an experience that will spark contemplation and leave you pondering.

🇧🇪 Belgium

What: Christmas Beer Festival

Where: Heuvelhal, Essen, Belgium

When: 16-17 December

Enthusiastic about local beer? Look no further! The town of Essen transforms into a beer enthusiast’s haven, offering a tasting extravaganza featuring an impressive array of 200 Belgian Christmas and winter brews. Attendees have the unique opportunity to savor these delightful creations and cast their votes for the finest one. Drawing in approximately 2,100 visitors from across the globe, including renowned classics, the festival’s beer selection is esteemed as one of the world’s best. Living in the Netherlands but eager to join the festivities? No worries, as Essen is conveniently situated right by the Dutch border. While tickets are sold out, you can still experience the festival on the first day after 7 pm.

🇩🇪 Germany

What: ChocolART Festival

Where: Tübingen, Germany

When: 5-10 December

Consider yourself a sweet tooth? Indulge your sweet cravings at an unmissable festival in Tübingen. During the first week of December the historic old town transforms into a paradise of delectable treats, showcasing a delightful array of sweets from across the globe. As a bonus, local light artist studios will weave magic, transforming the town into a mesmerizing fairytale. Get ready for a city brimming with chocolate and enchantment!

🇱🇺 Luxembourg

What: Holiday Movies at Cinémathèque

Where: 17 Pl. du Théâtre, 2613 Ville-Haute Luxembourg

When: 3 – 20 December

Whether you’re a big movie fanatic or just looking for a cozy way to spend the dark evenings, Cinémathèque is a place to go. This legendary movie theater is renowned for preserving and celebrating international cinematic treasures. As a part of the Winterlights Festival, Cinémathèque showcases an enchanting lineup of the finest holiday films from around the world, spanning different languages and countries, to truly ignite your festive spirit. Find the full program here and discover more cultural events in Luxembourg!

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