Christmas Markets in and around Rotterdam

Christmas Markets in and around Rotterdam

If the dim daylight, the early dark and the general wetness of the season threaten your mood, Christmas markets in and around Rotterdam will definitely lift your spirits. The bright lights, homemade goods and Christmassy smells will tease you into enjoying the time leading up to Christmas.
Christmas markets have always been a vibrant part of the festive season in Rotterdam and its surroundings, offering a diverse and joyful experience. Let's explore some of the most enchanting Christmas markets you can visit in the area.

Danish Christmas Market

Taking place from November 23 to 26, 2023, the Danish Christmas Market at the Dansk Sømandskirke (Danish Seamen's Church) in Rotterdam offers a true taste of Danish “hygge”. Expect traditional Danish food, drink, music, and design, immersing visitors in Scandinavian Christmas cheer​​.

Design Market Delfshaven

For design enthusiasts, the Design Market Delfshaven on November 26, 2023 is a must-visit. Featuring unique pieces from local Rotterdam designers and creators, this market held in their studios is a hub of inspiration and creativity, complete with delicious homemade Indonesian dishes​​.

Trompenburg Christmas Market

From 8 to 10 December 2023, the Trompenburg Gardens and Arboretum transform into a magical Christmas market. Amidst beautifully lit greenery, visitors can browse products from regional entrepreneurs, enjoy winter delights at the food trucks, and soak in the festive atmosphere on the terraces​​​​.

Kerstmarkt aan de Maas (OASE)

The sustainable Kerstmarkt aan de Maas at OASE on December 10, 2023 offers a mix of local, vintage, and handmade shops. It’s an opportunity to support local artisans and enjoy the cozy Christmas atmosphere, all for a nominal entry fee​​.

Winter Fair Ahoy

From 14 to 17 December 2023, the Winter Fair at Ahoy Rotterdam is a large indoor Christmas market. With over 200 exhibitors, you can shop for festive decorations, food, fashion, and more. The fair also offers daily performances, fashion shows, and workshops for all ages​​​​​​.

Rotterdamse Oogstmarkt Kerst Editie

The Rotterdamse Oogstmarkt on Noordplein hosts special Christmas editions on 9, 16, and 23 December 2023. It's a local market where you can find the finest local products in a festive setting​​.

Scandinavian Christmas Markets

Experience Scandinavian Christmas traditions at various churches in Rotterdam. The Norwegian Seamen's Church, Danish Seamen's Church, Finnish House, and Swedish Church host markets with their respective country’s specialities. These markets usually take place in November, offering an array of local snacks, handmade products, and traditional decorations​​.

Additional markets in the surrounding areas

A Dickens Christmas Fair Vlaardingen (December 9, 2023): A large Christmas market in the Van Hogendorpkwartier featuring many stalls and festive decorations​​.

WinterFeest Barendrecht (December 9, 2023): A festive celebration in Barendrecht with numerous activities for children, including a carousel and Christmas karaoke​​.

Warme Wintermarkt Gouda (December 10): Held at the creative hub GOUDasfalt, this market offers unique gifts, winter treats, and a gift exchange wall​​.

Kerstmarkt Maassluis (December 9-10): Find perfect Christmas gifts while enjoying winter delicacies and various performances​​.

Dordtse Decemberdagen: As part of the Christmas celebrations in the region, the Dordtse Decemberdagen in Dordrecht stand out with their unique blend of festive activities. A highlight of this event is the Decembermarkt, a cozy and intimate market held on 16th and 17th December 2023, in the Grotekerksbuurt. Here, visitors can immerse themselves in the local charm of Dordrecht, browsing through a variety of Christmas items in a quaint setting​​. Adding to the festive cheer is the Winterplein, open from 26th to 30th December 2023. Located in the garden of the Grote Kerk, the Winterplein features enchanting wooden chalets, a nostalgic carousel, and musical entertainment, creating a magical atmosphere each evening. This spot is perfect for enjoying the holiday spirit with family and friends​​.

Christmas Market culture in Rotterdam

Generally speaking, Rotterdammers are not actually famous for their Christmas markets. It’s more the little communities within the communities that have brought them from their home countries and are not willing to give up their Christmas-market-tradition just because they have relocated. So, the ones in Rotterdam are often connected to churches. But if that makes you itch; nobody will say the slightest if you are an atheist and still turn up.
There are also the ones in Rotterdam's surrounding areas. These are held at castles, country houses and the like, but not without a bit of a hiccup: they often tend to charge hefty entrance fees and are mainly aimed at ladies above 50. There’s one close to Rotterdam that comes close to Christmas markets as known in other countries and is ideal for friends and families, but you’ll have to get out of the city.
Rotterdam Philharmonic's 'Give in Harmony' initiative

Rotterdam Philharmonic's 'Give in Harmony' initiative

ROTTERDAM, 31 October 2023 – The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra introduces 'Give in Harmony', an initiative fostering inclusive concert experiences for all.

Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestra's new initiative

The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra has launched 'Give in Harmony' (Geef in Harmonie), a programme designed to make concert experiences accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial means. This initiative allows ticket purchasers to contribute towards an additional ticket for someone who otherwise may not afford it. Currently, the orchestra is collaborating with various Rotterdam-based social organisations, including the Food Bank Rotterdam (Voedselbank Rotterdam), Stichting Mano, and Dress for Success.

Origins of the initiative

Recognising the importance of classical music in cultural enrichment, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra initiated 'Give in Harmony'. This programme is inspired by 'Give a Gift' (Geef een Toegift) of the United Podium Arts Festivals and follows the concept of 'paying it forward'. It offers ticket buyers the opportunity to donate towards an extra ticket, thereby facilitating concert attendance for those who are financially less fortunate.

The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra has launched 'Give in Harmony' (Geef in Harmonie), a programme designed to make concert experiences accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial means.The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra has launched 'Give in Harmony' (Geef in Harmonie), a programme designed to make concert experiences accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial means.

Collaborative partners

In its endeavour, the orchestra collaborates with various socially engaged entities in Rotterdam. These partners include Stichting Mano, IMC Weekend School, Food Bank Rotterdam, and Dress for Success, all contributing to the broader impact of this initiative.

How it works

When purchasing concert tickets, buyers have the option to add a minimum of €5 to their purchase as a donation to this cause. These contributions enable the orchestra, in partnership with organisations like Stichting Mano, to offer unforgettable experiences such as family show visits for refugee children or special evenings for volunteers of the Food Bank Rotterdam.

Further information and involvement

With the first donations already received, future concert visits are being planned. Suggestions for charitable causes, other ideas, and inquiries are welcome. For more information, visit the orchestra's website.

The Rooftop at GHG: Rotterdam's latest leisure destination

The Rooftop at GHG: Rotterdam's latest leisure destination

ROTTERDAM, 7 July 2023 – A new destination for leisure and dining is set to open this weekend in the heart of Rotterdam, offering a unique blend of entertainment, food, and stunning views of the city.

The Rooftop at GHG: A new city landmark

The Groot Handelsgebouw (GHG), an iconic building in Rotterdam, will be the home of the city's latest attraction, The Rooftop at GHG. From 8 July, residents and visitors to the city will have the opportunity to explore this vibrant new space, which offers a range of games for all ages, as well as a restaurant and bar. The Rooftop at GHG will continue the GHG's legacy as a bustling hub for activities and dining options. A monthly programme of exciting events, lively drinks, and artistic activations will be available until December.

Elevated comfort and dining

The restaurant and bar, managed by Spinning Group and Smoke Masters, will provide a full menu and a bar with a wide range of options. Guests will be able to enjoy their meals and cocktails in the colourful indoor space or on the sun-drenched terraces, both offering stunning views of Rotterdam's city centre. The menu will feature a variety of dishes, from comfort food to Mediterranean cuisine, prepared in the open kitchen and at two bustling food stations.

The Rooftop at GHG: Rotterdam's latest leisure destinationThe Rooftop at GHG: Rotterdam's latest leisure destination

Activities for all ages

“Our aim is to create places that are fundamentally local, humble, layered, colourful, exciting, ambitious, and inclusive,” said Michael Phillips, president of Jamestown, which owns the GHG building. “The Rooftop at GHG is our translation of this theory for Rotterdam. With a vibrant and playful atmosphere full of colourful elements, the entire concept becomes an immersive experience that stimulates the senses.”

The Rooftop at GHG: Rotterdam's latest leisure destinationThe Rooftop at GHG: Rotterdam's latest leisure destination

About The Rooftop

The Rooftop is an initiative of Jamestown, a real estate company known in the US for creating vibrant innovation centres and community hubs, including Chelsea Market and Industry City in New York and Ponce City Market in Atlanta. In the Netherlands, Jamestown is currently leading the creative revival of GHG in Rotterdam and the Schinkelbuurt in Amsterdam.

Directions to The Rooftop at GHG

The Rooftop at GHG is located in the Groot Handelsgebouw, adjacent to Rotterdam Central Station. The area is bustling with a mix of multinational companies, startups, creatives, and cultural organisations.

New X-Cube escape room experience opens in Schiedam

New X-Cube escape room experience opens in Schiedam

ROTTERDAM, 3 July 2023 – The city of Schiedam, a stone's throw away from Rotterdam, welcomes a new form of entertainment today. The X-Cube, an interactive digital escape room experience, has opened its doors at the Pathé Schiedam cinema complex, following recent launches in Zwolle and Nijmegen.

A new entertainment experience in Schiedam

The X-Cube, an immersive escape room experience, is now available at Pathé Schiedam. This marks the third location for the X-Cube, following its recent introduction at Pathé Zwolle and Pathé Nijmegen. The X-Cube offers a unique blend of gaming and cinema, providing an engaging experience for residents and visitors alike.

The X-Cube is suitable for adults and children aged 9 and above. Games last between 30 to 60 minutes. Prices vary depending on the length of the chosen game, with rates starting from €9.50 per person for a 30-minute game.

Inside the X-Cube

The X-Cube rooms, measuring 4 by 4 meters, are equipped with advanced technology, including a large touchscreen, controllers, blacklight, light effects, and an impressive sound system. Visitors can choose from a variety of hour-long or half-hour experiences, presented by Dutch celebrities such as Katja Schuurman, Sterre Koning, and YouTuber Ronald Vledder.

X-Cube's expansion in the Netherlands

With 20 locations already operating successfully in the Netherlands and two in Belgium, the X-Cube continues to grow. The first two X-Cubes at Pathé Zwolle and Pathé Nijmegen, opened on 5 June and 26 June respectively, have been well-received by visitors.

Quotes from Pathé and X-Cube

Bram van den Broek, Director New Business at Pathé, expressed the company's commitment to innovation and providing a memorable outing for all generations. Gerben van Leeuwen, Co-Founder of X-Cube, expressed his pride in having Pathé as a location for the X-Cube and his anticipation for future X-Cube locations in cinemas.

Directions to Pathé Schiedam

How to get there

Pathé Schiedam is conveniently located and easily accessible for residents and visitors.

Spider City: new indoor climbing experience by Fun Forest

Spider City: new indoor climbing experience by Fun Forest

Discover Spider City, Fun Forest's innovative indoor climbing experience in Rotterdam, offering year-round adventure and employment opportunities for youths.

Benefits for health and society

Spider City, an indoor experience, aims to promote physical activity throughout the year. In 2022, a significant portion of the Dutch population failed to meet the recommended exercise guidelines, while physical activity provides numerous health benefits. Moreover, the indoor location enables Fun Forest to offer learning and employment opportunities for young people, even during the winter months when outdoor climbing forests are closed.

Equal opportunities for all

Spider City welcomes everyone to embark on an adventure and push their boundaries. However, not every child has the opportunity for such an experience. As a result, Fun Forest offers free impact climbing cards in collaboration with partners supporting disadvantaged children, ensuring an unforgettable adventure for those who might otherwise miss out.

Spider City: new indoor climbing experience by Fun ForestSpider City: new indoor climbing experience by Fun Forest

A valuable addition to Rotterdam Zuid

Located at the site of the former waste processing facility near the Maastunnel in Rotterdam Zuid, Spider City is a part of Attractiepark Rotterdam, owned by entrepreneur Hennie van der Most. While the much-discussed amusement park is not yet officially open, Spider City attracts visitors to the area. In addition to the main Spider City experience, Fun Forest also opens two small indoor climbing courses on the second floor, suitable for all ages, with plans to expand further in the future.

Directions and location

Spider City is situated at the former waste processing facility near the Maastunnel in Rotterdam South. The area is accessible by public transport and offers ample parking facilities.

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