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While we all dream of travelling every school holiday, reality often gets in the way. But don’t worry, a day out with the kids during the Christmas holiday can be just as fun! Here’s a top 10 list of the most enjoyable days out for you and your kids in the Netherlands.

1. Winter Efteling

The Efteling is a joy for both kids and adults all year round. But during the winter season, it’s even more magical with Christmas trees, snow, burning log fires, and delicious winter treats like oliebollen (a Dutch delicacy), mulled wine, and hot chocolate.

2. Disney on Ice

In Utrecht and Amsterdam, you and your kids can marvel at your favourite Disney characters skating in the new Disney on Ice show, “Disney on Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic”. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and the Disney princesses are all there!

3. Antwerp Christmas Market

Unlike the German Christmas markets, the Antwerp Christmas market extends the festive spirit beyond Christmas and even after New Year’s Eve. Your kids can enjoy skating on the ice rink in the centre of Antwerp while you soak in the Christmas atmosphere.

4. Christmas Eve in Artis

Even the animals celebrate Christmas at Artis! The zoo arranges a special tour on Christmas Eve, allowing you to observe the nocturnal animals in all their glory.

5. Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam hosts the Amsterdam Light Festival. What could be more enchanting in this city of canals than witnessing beautiful artwork of lights during a canal tour? It’s a sight that will leave your kids in awe! You can also visit Eindhoven’s Glow festival in November. Combining options 4 and 5 would make for the BEST day out.

6. Sprookjeswonderland: A Fairy-tale Winter Wonderland

Experience the magic of the holiday season at Sprookjeswonderland in Enkhuizen. This fairy-tale wonderland transforms into a winter paradise during Christmas. Marvel at the 15-meter tall Christmas tree, join the residents of “Bear Winterland” in festive songs, and meet living fairy-tale characters.

7. Lego City Fire Department at Pit Safety Museum

Discover the thrilling world of safety services at Pit in Almere. This interactive museum offers insights into the workings of the police, fire department, and ambulance services. During the Christmas holidays, you can also explore the largest Lego City in the Netherlands or enjoy ice skating.

8. Christmas Circus: A Spectacular Show

Experience the joy and excitement of the circus during the holiday season. With clowns, acrobats, and more, the Christmas Circus offers fun for the whole family. You can find these festive shows in cities across the country, including Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, and Leeuwarden.

9. Christmas Plaza: The Largest Indoor Fair in the Netherlands

Visit Christmas Plaza in Groningen for the largest indoor fair in the Netherlands. In addition to rides for all ages, you’ll find an indoor winter market and a top-notch vaudeville show. With just the cost of admission, all fair rides are free, ensuring a day of fun for everyone.

10. Ice Sculpture Festival: A Chilly Artistic Adventure

Brace yourself for a day of shivering excitement at the Ice Sculpture Festival in Amsterdam. This year, the festival features over 100 ice sculptures up to 6 meters high, all inspired by the theme “music inspires”. Enjoy icy renditions of world-famous stars and even take a ride down a real ice slide.

So, which day out will you choose? We’re eager to hear. Enjoy your adventures!


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