Maastricht Christmas Market

Maastricht Christmas Market
One of the most popular Christmas markets in the Netherlands is the Maastricht Christmas market. The event is known as “Magical Maastricht”, it encompasses several Christmas markets that take place in different locations across the city. All the main attractions are concentrated in Vrijthof, the largest and best-known square in Maastricht, where you can find stalls and booths, a Ferris wheel, and an ice rink.

Maastricht is beautiful at any time of the year, but during the Christmas season the city is full of special charm and a lovely holiday atmosphere. When the city goes into full Christmas mode, its streets and squares are decorated with thousands of Christmas lights which indeed make Maastricht look magical – hence the name of the city’s main Christmas market. The historical center is decorated with unusual lanterns that create a special mood.

The Maastricht Christmas market welcomes its guests with traditional Christmas treats and Dutch delicacies such as oliebollen (Dutch doughnuts), kerststol (Christmas bread with dried fruits, raisins, currants, citrus zest and spices), Dutch cheeses, letterbanket (a type of Dutch pastry), mulled wine, etc. As far as handicrafts and souvenirs are concerned, you can buy wooden figurines, hats, scarves and gloves, handmade toys, Christmas decorations, scented candles, jewelry, souvenirs, and more.

During the Christmas market, the Vrijthof is the center of all festive events and attractions. The market’s entertainment program features hands-on demonstrations and workshops conducted by local artisans, performances and shows, fairground rides, special activities for children. Among Magical Maastricht’s main attractions are a giant Ferris wheel and an ice rink. If you’re feeling romantic, follow the Magical Light Path and discover the city’s streets, alleys, bridges and squares bedecked with beautiful Christmas lights. And if you get cold or tired, visit one of the numerous pubs and restaurants located in the Vrijthof square.

Maastricht Christmas Market




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