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The biggest Christmas market of the Netherlands is located in Dordrecht!
Every year thousands of people travel to Germany to visit one of the big Christmas markets, but you can also find a big Christmas market with an amazing Christmas atmosphere close to Rotterdam: in the historical city center of Dordrecht hundreds of stall and multiple stages arise between the monuments and the historic harbours. There's no need to travel to Germany for hours, because Dordrecht can be reached within less than 30 minutes from Rotterdam. Enjoy thousands of Christmas lights and Christmas music in an amazing Christmas atmosphere!
From Dordrecht Central Station it's about a ten minutes walk to Christmas market. You can reach the Christmas market via the Bagijnhof street where you can find the start of the Christmas market at the Visstraat. Through the Visstraat you can walk to the Voorstraat, the most famous street of Dordrecht. Turn right at the Voorstraat and walk in the direction of the Scheffersplein (Scheffers square) where you can skate at the ice rink. There's no need to bring your skates because you can rent them. At the Scheffersplein you can find a lot of cafes and restaurants and live music. When you leave the Schefferplein at the other side you can walk to the Grote Markt (Big market square) where there's another stage with live music.
Leave the Grote Markt and walk to the Knolhaven and the Nieuwe haven to continue your journey. The Knolhaven and Nieuwe haven are historic harbours where you can really enjoy the cosy Christmas atmosphere. Along the old mansions you will find lots of different stalls with food, Christmas decorations and other stuff. Continue via the Lange Geldersekade to end up at the Big Church (Grote Kerk) of Dordrecht with a 65 meters tall tower, which you can visit. At the square of the church (Grote Kerksplein) you will find a real nativity scene and you can take a picture with Santa Claus. The nativity scene includes living oxen, donkeys, geese, sheep, goats, chickens and even a camel! The animals are behind gates but kids can pet them. Now you can continue via the Voorstraat or the Grotekerksbuurt and walk back to the start of the Christmas market, because these are parallel streets. You will walk along the beautiful, historical city hall of Dordrecht where you can find another music stage.
Along the route of the Christmas market you will find many food stalls, food trucks, restaurants and cafés, so there are lots of options to get something to eat and drink during your visit including hot chocolate with cream and glühwein to stay warm. During the Chrismas market it gets really busy in Dordrecht and it might be difficult to find a table in a restaurant unless you are willing to eat or go for dinner early. Try to make a reservation if you want to be sure of a table. It's relaxed to have a break and a proper dinner during your visit to the Christmas market, but it might be more cosy to but your food at the streets and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere.
Read our page about Christmas in Rotterdam about all activities going on around Christmas in Rotterdam!
|Friday||10:00 - 21:00|
|Saturday||10:00 - 21:00|
|Sunday||11:00 - 18:00|
|Last Admission||The last shuttle buses to the parkings depart 30 mins after closing.|
The city of Dordrecht is located 20 km south of Rotterdam. There are direct train services from Rotterdam Central station, Rotterdam Blaak and Rotterdam Zuid. It's less than 20 minutes ride from Rotterdam Central Station to Dordrecht Central Station. From there it's a 10 min walk to the Christmas market.
A fast and nice journey is the Waterbus service from Rotterdam to Dordrecht. The Waterbus jetty is located next to the Erasmus Bridge and takes you to the historical center of Dordrecht within half an hour. You can even take your bike on the fast ferry!
From Rotterdam, take highway A16 to Dordrecht and follow 'Dordrecht Centrum'. There are many public car parks in Dordrecht city centre, but you will have to pay! However during the Christmas market it gets really busy in Dordrecht and car parks will be full. It's recommended to park your car at the designated parkings outside the city center. Free shuttle buses will take you to the Christmas market.
Christmas market Dordrecht takes place from 15- Dec- 2017 till 17- Dec- 2017.
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