What to do in December
Opening hours: daily from 10:00 AM to 20:00 PM
(The opening hours may change due to possible new coronavirus safety measures issued by the Dutch government.)
This winter the Museumplein in Amsterdam is transformed into a winter wonderland. The large pond now functions as an ice rink until the 22nd of January. Everyone is welcome to come and skate in the view of the Rijksmuseum. You can bring you own ice skates, or rent them for 2 hours for € 6,50 (for size 28 – 50). After skating it is possible to have a hot cocoa or mulled wine, or something to eat at the cozy bistro. From mid-December, there will also be an Ice Village Christmas Market to browse and get typical festive Dutch snacks like oliebollen and poffertjes.
Please keep in mind that a covid entry pass (personal QR-code) is mandatory for everyone over 13 years.
You can buy your tickets here: https://store.ticketing.cm.com/IceAmsterdam2021/step/1ed1658d-73e1-4bf1-94d7-317b175c3b84?_ga=2.143660470.2018737718.1637827657-713242982.1637827657
Speak the word: online poetry and spoken word writing workshop
December 4th, 19:00 PM – 8:30 PM.
Free (registration necessary)
This online workshop is open to all levels. During the workshop you will be guided by poets PJ Samuels and nudi. They will also share artwork, poems, and prompts for inspiration. You will be creating some work of your own, but there is no pressure to share what you have written if you don’t want to.
You can register for free here: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/speak-the-word-online-poetry-and-spoken-word-writing-workshop-tickets-149889161517?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch&keep_tld=1
December 1st – December 31st
During the festive month of December there are several Christmas fairs across the Netherlands. One of the most enchanting fairs is Magical Maastricht. This fair takes place in of the coziest cities in the very south of the Netherlands. At the large Vrijthof square there is a Christmas market where you can find local products and holiday delicacies. Fun activities include a sheltered ice skating rink, a giant Ferris wheel and a grand carrousel. The enchanting light routes guide you to extraordinary parts of the city with twinkling fairy lights along the way.
More information can be found here: https://www.visitmaastricht.com/magical-maastricht
Global Investor Conference
December 7th, 8:00 AM – 18:00 PM PST ( 17:00 PM – 3:00 AM CET)
Free or $25
The future is digital! During the past few years the digital world has increased in magnitude and importance. And this will only grow in the future. During this international online conference more than 50 industry experts will come together for a day full of panels and discussions. Entrepreneurs, visionaries and investors will cover numerous topics. Topics covered include all things crypto, NFT’s, gaming, metaverse, DAO’s, old vs. new, and investment perspectives.
The first 1000 people to register will get a free ticket. After this, a ticket costs $25, which will be donated to charity in full.
More information and registration here: https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/global-investor-conference-december-2021-registration-173665136097?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch&keep_tld=1
NL Cares -Warm Winter Weeks
December 1st – 31st
During the holiday season everyone deserves some extra kindness. Especially for those who are lonely or in need, a little kindness can go a long way. NL Cares is a platform that offers volunteer activities at social institutions near you. There are many different things to do such as decorating Christmas trees, doing arts and crafts with senior citizens, assisting in a Christmas play or cooking for the homeless. This is a nice opportunity to spread the holiday joy in your community!
More information on how to register here: https://nlcares.nl/en/pages/warm-winter-weeks
Rue de l’Ecuyer 50
From October 27, 2021 to January 16, 2022 in the former Vanderborght establishments.
The Witches exhibit delves into the roots of witchcraft history: from witchcraft trials to wonderful literature, from the demonic figure to the kind witch of pop culture. Ethnographic objects, manuscripts, paintings, photographs, works of cinema, artistic performances:
From 08.10.21 to 07.08.22
Muséum Des Sciences Naturelles
Rue Vautier 29
Come and marvel, with family or friends, at the magnificent spectacle of nature
A journey through the whirlwind of life.
The new Gallery invites you to observe nature, teeming with life, and to reconnect with it. Living Planet tells us about species and the relationships they have with their living environment. We also understand why biodiversity is decreasing.
The Ghent Altarpiece
Mon – Sat: 10 am – 5 pm and Sun: 1pm – 5 pm
Mon – Sat: 8:30 am – 5.30 pm and Sun: 1 pm – 5.30 pm
One of the world’s greatest art treasures is secreted away in the bustling city of Ghent: the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by the van Eyck brothers, also known as the Ghent Altarpiece. After an intensive restoration, it is once again at home. At last. The brand new visitors’ center in St Bavo’s cathedral unveils the secrets of this masterpiece.
Christmas Market Esch-sur-Alzette
Place de l’Hôtel de Ville
From November 19, 2021 until December 22, 2022
The Christmas market in Esch sur Alzette is an opportunity to recapture the magic of the Christmas season with all its traditions: many exhibitors, artisans, food lovers and attractions await kids and grown-ups on the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, as well as a Santa Claus Parade through the streets of Esch.
- 13 December 2021
- Posted by: Expat Management Group
- Category: What to do in NL