The Christmas tree is decorated, the reindeer have filed their hooves nicely to join the Christmas dinner and we have had the song Twelve Days of Christmas in our heads for a while now… Therefore, twelve tips for the best excursions in Groningen, Drenthe and Friesland, which you will certainly get through the Christmas holidays well with.
An English Christmas Eve with the Roder Boys Choir
You can spend Christmas Eve in English style with it Festival of lessons and carols by Roder Boys Choir. On December 24, the boys leave for Akerk in Groningen hear the finest Christmas music England has to offer. By candlelight, the choir sings beautiful Christmas carols, which in Anglican tradition alternate with Lessons (short readings in English).
The choir is led by Jaap de Kok and accompanied on the organ by Sander van den Houten. Alexandra van den Doel is the speaker.
Take a look at the old people
During the Christmas holidays, you might just bump into a real primal person. At the Hunebedscentret in Borger you travel from December 24 to January 8 through 150,000 years of history. The indigenous people tell you all about prehistory, how they lived and worked, and how they made fire with flint. You can also try the latter yourself.
You can also make beeswax candles, make archery, make buzz sticks or felt an ice age animal.
With the Gruffalo, Mouse and Snake at the table
Mister Monster plays a wintry adaptation of the children’s book Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This real snow edition goes past the theaters under the name Winter Gruffalo and is suitable for children from three years of age. Bring your hat and gloves and enjoy the adventures of Mouse, who is invited by the other animals for a nice meal. Even Snake has woken up from hibernation for this, so what are you waiting for to participate?
The performance is Friday 6 January at Theater DNK in Assen and Saturday 7 January in the Posthuis Theater in Heerenveen.
Celebrate Christmas with special animals
At Dinopark Landgoed Tenaxx in Wedde you can celebrate Christmas with reptiles and other special animals. Come and make candles, work with flint, take part in workshops or participate in one of the other indoor activities. On 27 and 30 December and 5 January, you will learn all about the rat snake, the gecko, the centipede, the giant snail and the scorpion.
On 28 December and 4 and 7 January, there are flint-working demonstrations, and you can listen to stories about prehistory. During the Christmas holidays, the park is open from 26 to 30 December and from 2 to 8 January.
Come and look for letters
From today until Sunday 1 January you go on a Christmas walk in Aalden. From the entrance to De Korenhof, you go out to collect letters so you can discover a spell. You can win a contest with this. The Christmas walking hunt is put together by the churches Aalden and Zweeloo and De Korenhof and can be followed against the background of pictures from the book Chasing the star by Joke Schutten and Liza-Beth.
At the starting point of the scavenger hunt, you can play games and also read or listen to the book. You can drive the scavenger on your own time, whenever you want.
Dream away at ‘Swan Lake’
sigh… Swan Lake … There are few performances that appeal to the imagination more than this classical-romantic ballet. Marius Petipa and his assistant Lev Ivanov created the choreography in the late nineteenth century to Tchaikovsky’s moving music. The ballet tells the tragic love story of Prince Siegfried and Odette, a beautiful princess who has been transformed into a swan queen by a wizard. At a ball in the castle, Siegfried thinks he sees her again, and his love blossoms into a passionate pas de deux. However, he is cheated.
His dance partner is not the princess, but the sorcerer’s daughter. Swan Lake is danced on Friday, December 30 by the State Opera Bulgaria Stara Zagora in Drachten. The ballet company will do so on Tuesday 3 January thin again in Groningen and on Thursday 5 January in Assen.
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Christmas circus full of acrobatics, knife throwers and duck parade
After two years, the Sander & Friends Christmas Circus is back. Cirkus Salto can be admired in Leeuwarden and Sneek during the Christmas holidays. From the 25th to the 30th of December, the circus descends at the Oldehoofsterkerkhof in Leeuwarden, the week after 2 to 8 January in Sneek, at the parking lot on Alexanderstraat.
Artists from home and abroad present a varied show full of acrobatics, unicycle artists, knife throwers and balancing arts. There is also an endearing duck parade. Klovn Sander is the host and uses intermezzos and humor to bring the common thread to the whole. He does not do this alone; his cheeky ventriloquist Charlie lends him a hand in this.
Advantageous winter hiking in Veenhuizen
What are you doing on the first chilly January days of the new year? If you don’t have any plans yet, you can visit the colony in Veenhuizen for an afternoon. At Hotel-Restaurant Bitter en Zoet will be Wednesday 4th and Sunday 8th January a beneficial winter hike organized.
After lunch at the hotel, you will go to the prison museum led by a heritage guide and travel through the history of the prison village through anecdotes. You can warm up with hot chocolate afterwards.
Museum ‘t Fiskershúske comes out of hibernation
Museum ‘t Fiskershúske in Moddergat is open to visitors during the Christmas holidays from 24 December to Saturday 7 January (with the exception of 25 and 31 December and 1 January). The museum comes out of hibernation for a while and welcomes visitors in the cozy December atmosphere. During these two weeks, various activities are organized for young and old. The museum gives an insight into the lost coastal fishing and the fishing culture of the Wadden Sea coast.
Four Christmas and winter stories from the village are told. Coincidence or not, on Christmas Eve there have been several shipwrecks in history between Ameland and Schiermonnikoog. The coastal residents of Wierum and Moddergat have therefore often committed themselves over the years to rescuing those on board from their imminent situations.
Baking old-fashioned miniature pancakes
Want to test your pancake baking skills? Then come and bake pancakes on the old stoves from the collection of the Children’s World Toy Museum in Roden.
Of The whole world of children is baking should you bake in miniature, the old-fashioned way. In any case, it will be delicious, because pancakes that you have baked and decorated yourself are a perfect festive meal. Children up to and including 12 years old are welcome to get started on Monday 26th December and Wednesday 4th and Sunday 8th January.
Feeling of home and change in Kielzogstraat
The same song has been heard in Kielzogstraat for years, and the women and young people who live there are gloomy and depressed. The fathers, husbands and boyfriends are away from home, and that makes New Year’s Eve a bit less pleasant. But then Vrouw Boeghwater comes into play. Perhaps she brings the lively energy that the residents of Kielzogstraat are waiting for. That Wake Family Revue is a notion of feeling at home and change.
Kielzogstraat will be transformed into Kielzogavenue with all the trimmings: Kielzog Orchestra, dancers, musicians, actors, actresses and singers. The show is off From Tuesday 27 to Thursday 29 December in the Kielzog Theater in Hoogezand.
Living nativity scenes and crackling fireplaces
Friday 23 and Saturday 24 December the terrace in Garnwerd aan Zee is enveloped in a wintry atmosphere. For example, a live nativity scene can be seen and there are all kinds of activities to do.
Come and have fun with Christmas animals, bake sandwiches by the fire or listen to one of Santa’s stories. With farm animals, crackling bonfires, cozy Christmas music and fun children’s activities, you can easily get into the Christmas spirit.