Celebrate Christmas in Rotterdam
December is one of the best months to visit Rotterdam. Rotterdam's main street Coolsingel is beautifully decorated and illuminated for a romantic Christmas atmosphere. The tallest Christmas tree in Rotterdam can be found in front of the City Hall. Another huge christmas tree stands just in front of Rotterdam Central Station. You'll get into the Christmas mood while shopping, dining and going out in Rotterdam. On Christmas Eve the churches in Rotterdam open their doors to celebrate Christmas together.
Christmas shopping in Rotterdam
Sales in most shops in Rotterdam city centre already start before Christmas time. During the days before Christmas (December 21, 22 and 23) the shops have extended store hours and are open till late at night. At 25 December, most stores are closed. The shops in downtown Rotterdam and the Alexandrium Mall are open at Boxing Day as well.
Christmas Markets in Rotterdam
You might meet Santa Claus at one of the Christmas markets in Rotterdam in the Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Finnish seamen Churches, where you can buy all kinds of Scandinavian products. The Winter fair at the Ahoy multifunctional centre is the right place to get into the Christmas mood. The Waterbus service will take you to Dordrecht to visit the Netherlands biggest Christmas market.
Things to do at Christmas in Rotterdam
Attending a show at the famous Rotterdam Christmas Circus in the Ahoy multifunctional venue is great family fun. Rotterdam offers an indoor ice rink for family skating fun aswell. This ancient Christmas circus has performed for over 40 years and offers the best shows, clowns and acrobats. In Miniworld Rotterdam you can see an illuminated miniature Christmas village with special sound effects. The ss Rotterdam welcomes you on a ‘Christmas Cruise’. Board the museum cruiser and enjoy a christmas show with the Dutch artists Groot Niet te Vermijden, Trio naar de Haaien and Simon Stokvis. The Christmas Cruises take place at 21, 22, 23 and 24 December 2016 at the Theatre on board the ss Rotterdam.
Christmas dining in Rotterdam
Many restaurants in Rotterdam offer special Christmas dinner deals on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Please note that some restaurants are closed at Christmas Day. The Euromast offers some culinary package deals both on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, such as a brunch, a buffet and a full Christmas dinner. Also the Alohabar at the former swimming paradise Tropicana Rotterdam offers a brunch on Boxing Day. Paddle Steamer de Majesteit offers a dinner show X-mas Fever, combined with a harbour tour through Rotterdam on 16 and 17 December 2016.
Going out in Rotterdam at Christmas
Most clubs and bars in Rotterdam organize special Christmas parties on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Go and see the latest block busters in the cinemas in Rotterdam. Terrace heaters make the outdoor terraces at Stadhuisplein also comfortable in winter, so you can still sit outside and have a drink.
Hotels in Rotterdam during Christmas
If you don't want to drive home at Christmas in Rotterdam, many hotels in Rotterdam offer special Christmas package deals, often including a dinner.
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