Christmas Fair Haarlem

Christmas Fair Haarlem

Dec 09, 2017Dec 10, 2017
City centre
Free access

At the Haarlem Christmas Fair, more than 300 stalls are laid out like ribbons through the inner city, coming together to form one of the most celebrated Christmas events in the Netherlands.

Haarlem is a particularly good place to host a market thanks to its compact size and pedestrian-friendly streets. The quality of the items being sold is rather high, with lots of handmade crafts and artisan foods.

Portraying fairy tale artist Anton Pieck

On Saturday, December 9, the Schagchelstraat will fill with more than 40 extras portraying characters in the style of famous fairy tale artist Anton Pieck, who also designed the iconic style of the Efteling.

On both days, the stand-filled streets will swell with Christmas songs and open window concerts, and a Dickens orchestra will march through the city.

Winter Beer Festival

Simultaneously with the Winter Fair, the Winter Beer Festival will take place on the Hortusplein. Here, special brews of beers will be on tap in wooden chalets.

Every year, attention will be given to a charity organisation. This year, the focus will be on the children’s ward at the Spaarne Gasthuis hospital.