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Christmas vibes: 6 cool Christmas markets in Rotterdam

By Lisanne van Beurden
November 16, 2022

There are several cosy Christmas markets in Rotterdam this year that you certainly don’t want to miss. A warm glass of mulled wine, doing some Christmas shopping, enjoying the beautiful mood lighting and of course being together. Delicious!

In addition, this year there are great Christmas markets with unique design, vintage furniture, DJs and more. There is something for everyone. Below I share six Christmas markets in Rotterdam in order of dates. We are ready for the holidays!

TIP: also read our article with amazing gift shops in Rotterdam.

 

1. The Danish Christmas market at Coolhaven

The Danish Christmas market at Coolhaven is visited annually by many Danes and Dutch people to experience the cosy Danish Christmas atmosphere. In the Netherlands, the Danish church is located on the water in Coolhaven, a special and attractive place in the heart of Rotterdam with a view of passing barges. As a result, Christmas is literally celebrated on the quay.

Everything for a traditional Danish Christmas can be found at the Christmas market. Of course the latest, hippest Christmas decorations are for sale, but also more traditional items that come back every year. Think real candles for your tree, Advent candles that count down to Christmas Eve, napkins, cute Christmas gnomes and more. But Danish design by well-known brands such as Georg Jensen can also be found there.

Furthermore, the emphasis is on the food. The Danish food market has been expanded with special Christmas delicacies. Think of Christmas beer and schnapps, ‘gløgg’ (gluhwein), ‘æbleskiver’ (the Danish version of oliebollen), Christmas cookies, rice pudding with cherry sauce, Danish pork roast, herring, chocolate and much more.

And if you can’t wait to taste the delicacies, there is a Danish café where you can quietly enjoy coffee and cake or Christmas beer with traditional smørrebrød (buns) and hot dogs.

Practical information

Christmas market dates: Thursday 17, Friday 18, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November
Times: Thursday and Friday from 12:00 to 20:00 and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00.
Entrance fee: free
Address: Coolhaven 1, 3015 GC Rotterdam

 

2. Rotterdam Christmas Trees

The Rotterdam Christmas trees are back at the Maaskantine this year! The three Rotterdam friends Rozemarijn, Lotte and Mariel are organizing a super fun third edition of the Rotterdam Christmas tree market.

On Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. you can score another beautiful Nordmann Christmas tree at De Maaskantine. Choose your Christmas tree in a cosy atmosphere, drink mulled wine and then immediately buy a nice local gift for under the tree.

That sounds fun, right? This edition will be bigger and more fun than ever! Rozemarijn: “At Christmas, people need warmth and people around them and that is exactly what we stand for. Why would you get a Christmas tree from the hardware store, if you can also do this together with friends and family while enjoying a snack and a drink? We really make choosing a tree a party!”

Practical information

Christmas market dates: Saturday December 3 and Sunday December 4
Times: from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Address: Plantagelaan 2, 3063 NG Rotterdam

 

3. Christmas market Trompenburg Tuinen & Arboretum

On December 9, 10 and 11, Trompenburg’s botanical garden will be the setting for a magical Christmas market. The green oasis is beautifully lit and visitors can walk along a stall route past products from regional shops.

At the entrance is a covered winter square, where fresh Christmas greenery is sold: from special types of holly, conifers and pines to spruces from Trompenburg’s own garden. The prunings immediately get a second life on the Christmas table of Rotterdammers.

You can relax and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere on the terraces at the food trucks and Tea House ‘De Uithoek’. Winter food is served to keep you in the mood: delicious pea soup, chocolate milk and mulled wine are on the menu. A unique and green winter wonderland is rising on the edge of the centre of Rotterdam.

Read more about this green Christmas market in Rotterdam.

Practical information

Christmas market dates: Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December
Times: Friday from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and 10 and 11 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Entrance fee: €10.75 p.p. (free with Museum Card, Rotterdam Pass, Annual Walking Card or Friends Card).
Address: Honingerdijk 86, 3062 NX Rotterdam

 

4. Christmas design & craft at the Huidenclub

The Huidenclub organizes a Christmas market on the weekend of December 10 and 11 with small design and artisan products. Think of design, art, fashion, music and books. The bar and café is open, where they serve natural wine, cocktails and coffee.

Immerse yourself in a creative atmosphere, present your own work and enjoy the music. Saturday night promises to be extra festive!

Are you a creative person yourself and would you like to sell your products at the Christmas market of the Huidenclub? Then sign up!

Practical information

Christmas market dates: Saturday December 10 and Sunday December 11
Times: from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entrance fee: free
Address: Pelgrimsstraat 5C, 3029 BH Rotterdam

 

5. Gæa’s Holy House

Enjoy a drink at Gæea Studio while you are surrounded by work by local artists. Gæa Studio, a photo studio and event space in one, is located in De Achtertuin on the Oostzeedijk. Visit the studio on December 17 and 18 for Gæea’s Holy House and enjoy vintage design furniture and special art objects.

During Gæa’s Holy House you drink natural wine from Lolo vins, admire designs from Forever Studio, among others. You can also shop beautiful Christmas wreaths by Yoko Negi, sustainable handmade, flower-dyed clothing by STUDIO NANI, vintage design by Old North interiors and sculptures by Douwe Halbertsma.

Practical information

Christmas market dates: Saturday December 17 and Sunday December 18
Times: Saturday from 11 AM to 8 PM and 18 December 11 AM to 6 PM.
Entrance fee: free
Address: Oostzeedijk 108, 3063 BG Rotterdam

 

6. Rotterdamse Oogstmarkt Christmas edition

Every Saturday we can enjoy the Rotterdamse ‘Oogstmarkt’ (the Harvest Market) on Noordplein. But there are two fun Christmas editions that you don’t want to miss!

On Saturday 17 December and Saturday 24 December you can visit the special Christmas market edition of Rotterdamse Oogst. Here you can buy the tastiest local products in a cosy Christmas atmosphere.

Mark the New Year’s Eve market in your calendar already as well. Here you can score delicious oliebollen and more on December 31.

Practical information

Christmas market dates: Saturday 17 en Saturday 24 December
Times: Saturday 17 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday 24 from 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Entrance fee: free
Address: Noordplein Rotterdam

 

Hopefully these cosy Christmas markets will get you into the Christmas spirit in Rotterdam. The Weekends in Rotterdam team wishes you a very Merry Christmas!

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