1. Light Festival in Amsterdam:

Amsterdam’s  annual light festival seems to get more spectacular by the year. On from December to January – you can follow the light trail on foot or (even more romantic) from the water by canal boat. Check here for tickets and exact dates.


2. Ice-Skate at the Open Museum, Arnhem

Take a trip down memory and see how the Dutch use to live centuries ago – including the art of making clogs! Ice-skating rink is open from December to mid-January. Check times and tickets here.



3. Dance to 70’s, 80’s, 90’s Music

You don’t have to’ve been born decades ago to enjoy music from that era. Perfect for a fun night out no matter the weather. Check out times and locations for the Disco Train here. In Arnhem Luxor Live often hosts back-in-the-day dance nights (next one on 26 December) and occasionally so does 5th Avenue.


4. Dickens Festival in Deventer

If you like Charles Dickens, you will love this festival – 950 characters from his books will roam the streets of Deventer on 17 & 18 December. Meet vagabonds, thieves and ladies & gents in top hats. Deventer is easy to reach with public transport. More info here.


5. Het Loo Palace, Apeldoorn

There are over 700 castles and country houses in Holland. Unfortunately many of them are closed in winter. One that is open is Het Loo Palace with its beautiful interior and vast gardens. More info on opening times here.