Posted: 28-11-2019 Written by: Nienke Baerents Reading time: 4 minutes
Our top 5 special Christmas markets

Our top 5 special Christmas markets

The days are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping and the lights are on again. The end of the year is approaching and that of course means it's time for the Christmas markets again! Who doesn't love Christmas markets? The cozy atmosphere, beautiful lights and delicious food. We love it and that is why we have put together a top 5 special Christmas markets for you!

Dickens feast
The entrance to the Dickens festival

1. Denver

Dickens feast

The Dickens festival may not be the first Christmas market you think of, but it is definitely worth it! The whole of Deventer is transformed into England in the 19th centurye century. On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December 2019, more than 950 characters from the famous books by the English writer Charles Dickens will come to life: from Scrooge to Oliver Twist, from Mr. Pickwick to Christmas Carol Singers, from orphans to office clerks and posh people. As a visitor, enjoy a hot punch or roasted chestnuts.

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Brussels Christmas market
Photo of the gigantic Christmas tree on the Grote Markt

2. Brussels

Christmas market of no less than 2 kilometers!

The Brussels Christmas market has been in the top 3 best Christmas markets in Europe for years and that is not entirely incomprehensible. From November 25 to January 1, the center of Brussels will be transformed into a gigantic Christmas market of no less than 2 kilometers! A huge Christmas tree is decorated on the Grote Markt and there is a large skating rink on the Baksteenkaai. There is plenty to see and discover because there are winter festivals throughout the city. So you certainly won't feel bored in Brussels!

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Valkenburg Christmas market
Christmas market in one of the caves in Valkenburg

3. Valkenburg

Underground Christmas market

Europe's largest underground Christmas market, you can visit it in picturesque Valkenburg. Be carried away by the underground enchantment in the caves with hundreds of stalls, thousands of lights and impressive sand sculptures. The attractive decoration creates an appealing environment and the beautiful settings and decors blend harmoniously into stands with beautiful Christmas and gift items. Last year, Kerststad Valkenburg won the title 'European City of Christmas 2018' and this year Kerststad Valkenburg has been nominated again! You can visit the beautiful Christmas caves from November 15 to January 5.

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Christmas market Borken-Marbeck
The illuminated forest of Borken-Marbeck

4. Borken-Marbeck

Christmas market in the forest

A Christmas market in a forest! Who doesn't like that? The forest is illuminated in a fairytale-like manner and creates a phenomenal atmosphere. Hundreds of lights in the trees, illuminated stalls with artisanal gifts, home-baked cakes and regional specialties. There is plenty to do for everyone. This way, children can enjoy crafts, you can bake baguette by the campfire and you will find romantic places everywhere to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere together. Check the website for the different dates.

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Christmas market Maastricht
The merry-go-round on the beautifully illuminated Vrijthof square

5. Maastricht

Christmas market Maastricht

From November 29 to December 31 you can enjoy the wonderful Christmas atmosphere in beautiful Maastricht. Maastricht is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands and really comes into its own during Christmas. Maastricht is transformed into a magical and idyllic Christmas market. You can take a spin on the illuminated Ferris wheel and you can also go ice skating. All this while enjoying a hot chocolate with a piece of Limburg pie. In addition, there is a nice light route that you can follow and you will see the historic center shine like never before! The Christmas market in Maastricht is an absolute sensation.

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