The most distinctive of all the Christmas markets you can visit in the Netherlands has to be the varying Christmas markets in Valkenburg.
Running until December 31st, Valkenburg and their annual Christmas markets cannot be missed. In fact, the Dutch refer to Valkenburg as “Kerststad” which translates to Christmas city.
From November until early January, the city hosts numerous Christmas-themed events that have earned it the “Kerststad” moniker throughout the Netherlands. The most notable events remain their Christmas markets.
Visitors can experience endless cozy stalls, tents, drinks, and bites both above and underground. The Christmas markets are both on the streets of Valkenburg but also in the historic underground caves of Valkenburg which become illuminated with Christmas lights and music.
Above ground, in the centre of the town, you will find Santa’s Village.
Every year, Santa’s Village brings together vendors in wooden chalets selling all kinds of Christmas gifts and delicious food. Plus, you can take pictures next to the Valkenburg Christmas tree at the heart of Santa’s Village.