Celebrate Winter at Archeon

Celebrate Winter at Archeon

Dec 07, 2019Jan 12, 2020
South Holland, Alphen aan den Rijn
Various times

Celebrate Winter at Archeon

Celebrate Winter at Archeon is a special seasonal event at the archaeological living museum in South Holland. Find out what winters were like for our ancestors in days gone by, browse the unique markets at the Midwinter Fair and get your skates on for a spin on the ice. Archeon is not like other museums in the Netherlands - book those tickets and find out for yourself.

Winter at Archeon

Archeon is an archaeological living museum in Alphen aan den Rijn in South Holland located between Leiden and Utrecht, the ideal place to visit in any season with family and kids. It features historical reenactments of scenes from Dutch history and the captivating venue frequently hosts festivals that keep in step with the seasons of the year. 

Celebrate Winter at Archeon lasts from December 21, 2019 until January 5, 2020. See the 43 buildings decorated for winter, under a blanket of snow. In the Middle Ages, winter was the ideal time for getting work done indoors, so visitors can get a taste of the winter lifestyle of their crafty, resourceful forebears.

Ice skating at Archeon

17th Midwinter fair at Archeon

The 17th Midwinter Fair takes place on December 7-8, 2019 with the ancient celebration of Midwinter, preparing for the winter solstice and the subsequent longer days thereafter! Pagan ancestors will be represented in the Irish and Scottish dance workshops and live bands, craftsmen and traders in their tents, as well as the Roman inn and the medieval monastery.

Expect workshops, activities, entertainment and excitement. In Archeon, the markets are on a whole other level, full of imagination and wonder. The Dutch weather is likely to be chilly, but you can warm yourself up by one of the cosy fires and you can try traditional Dutch food and festive drinks.

Ice skating at Archeon

The ice rink at Archeon will be open on certain days in December 2019 and January 2020. Here are the opening days to take note of:

  • December 14-15, 2019: 11am-5pm
  • December 21, 2019-January 5, 2020 (except for January 1-2): 11am-5pm
  • January 11-12, 2020: 11am-5pm

About Archeon

The archaeological living museum, Archeon, offers a great way to learn about the past and provides a vivid sense of both time and place by putting visitors in the shoes of dwellers of previous centuries.

Reenactments at Archeon include the Stone Age, Roman times, the medieval period and even gladiator fights in the arena at Archeon, while the festivals that take place at Archeon include Midsummer Fair, Midwinter Fair and the Roman Festival.

Get your Archeon tickets

There are day tickets and weekend tickets available for Celebrate Winter at Archeon. Children under four and those subscribed to the Museum Card get in for free.