What to prepare for Christmas? 15 festive excursions in the North of the Netherlands

In the coming weeks, there will be all sorts of Christmas activities in the north of the Netherlands. Whether you prefer going to the theatre, listening to music, going for a walk or strolling through a Christmas market; you can pick up your Christmas heart in Groningen, Drenthe and Friesland in the coming weeks.

Intimate winter market in the monastery

An intimate winter market will be held at De Abdij van Dokkum on Saturday 10 December. You will find everything within Christmas and winter life, which is packed with good food.

The emphasis is mainly on a lot of (Christmas) music and dancing. In the Grote Kerk, the BigBandDrachten plays all sorts of Christmas and winter carols alternating with the Municipal Harmonie, while a moped orchestra plays brass instruments outside.

At the table with Charles Dickens

Have you always wanted to sit down with Charles Dickens? Then came Op Verhaal with the theater dinner, which is held in various places in the Nordics. After the success of Dahldiner and Couperus Culinair, you will be transported back to the time of spit and rustling skirts, street urchins and almshouses. Nature storytellers Janneke Tanja and Frank Belt bring well-known and lesser-known stories by Dickens to life.

Maurits Boreel conjures up a magical soundscape from his Protoon MIDI violin. The chef on duty provides the cookbook At the table with Charles Dickens from Josephine Leeuwenhoek ( My inner Victorian ) for a tasty three-course dinner. The theater dinner can be seen from 15 to 21 December in Coevorden, Hoogezand, Oranjewoud, Franeker and Meppel.

Victorian Christmas fair

You will find in Zeijen Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December a Victorian Christmas celebration. With 50 stalls you can taste and feel the atmosphere of the past and you will find brocante, antiques, wreaths, Christmas pieces, fresh mistletoe, old Christmas decorations, cheeses, jam, chutneys, French sausages, ceramics, sheepskin, wool and felt products, Christmas balls, cookies, dinnerware , jewellery, vintage fabrics and much more. There will also be Christmas carols sung by various choirs at the weekend.

Party in the prison

It bursts on December 10 and 11 in the old prison in Leeuwarden again from the Christmas troubles. More than fifty exhibitors, artists invited by De Harmonie and a food market come to Blokhuispoort for this tenth edition of the Christmas market.

At the food square you will find winter snacks, mulled wine, burgers, churros and waffles. The music is provided by names such as Karin Bloemen, Syb van der Ploeg, Koester, Elske DeWall and Michelle David & The True-Tones. Radio538 is also present with Die Verrückte Stunde.

Walks on Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Go for a walk on Christmas Day or Boxing Day Christmas walk at Gasterij Natural Smeerling in Onstwedde. The hiking route goes through the Ruiten A valley along the stream De Ruiten Aa. You walk through meadows with a wooded bank here and there. Afterwards, you can warm up with a glass of mulled wine or a hot cup of chocolate milk with homemade gravy, mustard soup or pumpkin soup. You can register via info@gasterij-natuurlijk-smeerling.nl or 0599-312611.

Havezate Mensinge beautifully furnished

In these dark days before Christmas, the historic premises at Havezate Mensinge in Roden are beautifully decorated and brought into the Christmas spirit. You can also experience the Christmas feeling outside.

The manor house is enchantingly lit up with hundreds of lights, and there is a large Christmas tree in the front yard. From 17 December to Monday 26 December, the museum is open from 1.30pm to 5.30pm. On 17, 18, 24, 25 and 26 December there will be special activities for the young people between 2 and 4 p.m.

Stroll past midwinter horn blowers and campfires

Walk 6 or 10 kilometers at dusk on Sunday, December 18 along a route marked with candlelight in Schoonebeek. With the Jeu de boules Petanque Club as your starting point, you pass campfires and midwinter horn blowers. Come and get marshmallows, mulled wine or hot chocolate and enjoy a cup of juice or a sausage sandwich afterwards.

Rolling timpani crashes and blaring trumpets

The construction of the festive Christmas oratorio is now a tradition for Luther’s Bach Ensemble. This musical piece depicts the Christmas story musically. The ensemble works together with four baroque soloists. It promises to be an unforgettable performance of Weihnachts, thanks, among other things, to artistic director Tymen Jan Bronda and his special interpretation of Bach’s repertoire.

On Saturday 17 December at 3 pm, the small choir Luther’s Bach Ensemble will perform the first four cantatas in Akerk in Groningen. The project singers from the Lutheran Bach Academy will perform parts 4 to 6 at 8 p.m. The ensemble will also perform on December 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Koepelkerk in Smilde and on December 18 at 2 p.m. in the Nicolaikerk in Appingedam.

Celebrate Christmas the Irish way

Celebrate Christmas the Irish way with An Irish Christmas by the dance company Celtic Steps. This Irish Riverdance company performs on Thursday 15 December at De Meenthe in Steenwijk and on Friday 23 December at the Posthuis Theater in Heerenveen hear known traditions like Oh Danny Boy , Will Ye Go Lassie Go and Carrickfergus .

These are interrupted with evocative Christmas carols, such as Christmas carol about the bells , Wexford Carol , Quiet night and The first Noel .

The Christmas Sisters

Josien van Beek, Liesbeth Korpershoek, Margot Kriek and Martijje Lubbers alias The Christmas Sisters brings a four-part Christmas concert in De Brinkhof in Norway on Sunday. The concert has the title Winter light . They herald the most beautiful time of the year in an atmospheric and festive way. With their sweet voices and swinging finger snaps, they tell what makes this season so special. Their four notes take you to snowy peaks and dark nights. From light in the tree to enlightenment in your heart. Listen to the most beautiful songs ever in these singing sisters’ vocal jacket. They will sing in NH Kerk van Dalen on Saturday 10 December, Sunday at De Brinkhof in Norg and Sunday 18 December in Stefanuskerk in Westerbork.

Get inspired at the Swedish Christmas market

Do you celebrate Christmas the Swedish way? Get inspired at the Swedish Christmas market, which is organized on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December in the Former Sugar Factory in Groningen.

Whether you’re looking for an original Christmas gift, love fun or have a secret crush on Sweden or Scandinavia; this Christmas market has more than enough to make your Christmas as Swedish as possible.

Enjoy Christmas in Orvelte

Two weekends in a row, thousands of candles are lit in the picturesque monumental village of Orvelte. At Brinksen this weekend and next weekend you will find stalls with all kinds of Christmas trinkets, but also clothes, handmade accessories, delicacies, scarves, hats, Christmas pieces, wreaths, poinsettias, Christmas bells and balls… in short, a party in the dark month of December. Get nice gifts or treat yourself. The Christmas market can be visited on 10, 11, 17 and 18 December from 11 am to 4 pm.

Celebrate Christmas with the sand princess

Come and celebrate Christmas with Zandprinses at De Flambou in Surhuisterveen on Friday 23 December. Sand artist Rosa van der Vijver throws, sprinkles and slides sand on a light plate and in this way makes all kinds of drawings appear.

This creates a spectacle between light and dark, where humor, emotions and wonder are at the center.

Lemster Dickens Festival

The Lemster Dickens Festival takes place on 10 and 11 December in the center of the old fishing village of Lemmer. In the style of the books by Charles Dickens, you will enter a world full of special characters during the Lemster Dickens Festival. You meet fishermen’s wives, street children, rabble and the well-to-do middle class in a mix of Dickens and the historical Lemmer at the end of the eighteen hundreds.

Dream away with the ballet classic ‘The Nutcracker’

There are few shows that scream ‘Christmas’ like The Nutcracker . The ballet performance tells the story of the young Clara. She receives a beautiful Nutcracker doll from her godfather. When it gets dark, he turns into a handsome prince who takes her to a magical fairyland. Together with an army of tin soldiers, they go to battle against the evil Mouse King and travel further, including the very sweet Candy Kingdom. The ballet from the Bulgarian State Opera Stara Zagora is known for beautiful renditions of the classical ballets.

The ballet can be seen on Saturday 17 December in the ATLAS Theater in Emmen. The Nutcracker is also danced by other companies. The performance of the Sibiu Ballet Theater can be seen on Saturday 17 December in Schouwburg Ogterop in Meppel and on 24 December in De Harmonie in Leeuwarden. Odessa National Ballet will dance the ballet on Sunday 18 December in De Klinker van Winschoten.

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