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Christmas vibes: 9 cozy Christmas markets in Rotterdam

By Lisanne van Beurden
November 13, 2023

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. Amazing!

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 eight Christmas markets in Rotterdam in order of dates. Oh, and there’s a bonus tip at the very bottom of the article. We are ready for the holidays!

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

 

1. Danish Christmas Market

In Scandinavia, they know how to celebrate Christmas like no other. In Rotterdam you can find several Scandinavian Christmas markets, like the Danish Christmas market at the Dansk Sømandskirke (Danish Seamen’s Church) Rotterdam.

At this Christmas market you will find gifts, delicacies and more specialties from Denmark. What can you experience? Danish Christmas “hygge”, traditional Danish food, drinks, music and design. An overall really cozy atmosphere. Have a great time at the Christmas market and get to know Danish traditions!

Practical information

Christmas market dates: Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 November
Times: Thursday 23 + Friday 24 – 12:00 to 8:00 PM, Saturday 25 + Sunday 26 – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entrance fee: free
Address: Coolhaven 1, 3015GC Rotterdam

 

2. Design Market Delfshaven

Are you looking for beautiful designer items? Then visit the winter edition of Design Market Delfshaven on Sunday November 26. During this market you can shop unique pieces from local Rotterdam designers and makers. The market takes place in the studios of all these designers, which makes it even more inspiring!

Got hungry? You can score delicious homemade Indonesian dishes here.

Practical information

Christmas market dates: Sunday November 26
Times: from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entrance fee: free
Address: 2e Schansstraat 5, 3025 XG Rotterdam
More info: Design Market Delfshaven

 

3. Banken & Ballen sale – On Other Drugs

On Sunday, November 26, get into the Christmas spirit during the Sofas & (Christmas) Balls sale at On Other Drugs. While enjoying a glass of bubbles, glühwein and delicious bites, you can shop designer sofas and other luxury furniture for special prices.

Also, score your favorite Jolly Jingles ornament directly with a nice discount. These unique Christmas ornaments are perfect as a (Christmas) gift for yourself or someone else, so you will be ready in time for the holidays.

Practical information

Christmas market dates: Sunday November 26
Times: from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entrance fee: free
Address: Bergse Rechter Rottekade 1, 3051 AB Rotterdam

 

4. Christmas market Trompenburg Tuinen & Arboretum

On December 8, 9, and 10, 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 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 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: €11,- p.p. (free with Museum Card, Rotterdam Pass, Annual Walking Card or Friends Card).
Address: Honingerdijk 86, 3062 NX Rotterdam

 

5. Vintage aan de Maas – Christmas edition at Oase

Again this year, the OASE welcomes 50 makers and sellers from Rotterdam who come to offer their most beautiful (homemade) products. Expect a colourful mix of vintage, art & illustrations, handmade (upcycled) design, bags, toys, clothing, gift experiences for the new year, good food and home-made mulled wine!

Do you have something at home that you do little or nothing with? Good news, because during OASE there is also an ‘exchange booth’. Here you can exchange discarded cool items for another discarded gift. A great way to encourage de-cluttering and give your products a second life.

Practical information

Christmas market dates: Saturday 10 December
Times:from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entrance fee: €2,-
Address: Schiehaven 15a, 3024 EC Rotterdam

 

6. Winter-Fair – Ahoy

Experience winter from December 14 to 17 during the Winter-Fair in Ahoy. Discover more than 200 participants who offer products related to the cozy holidays, lifestyle, personal care, fashion, home accessories, culinary delights and much more, presented in cozy atmosphere stalls and booths.

During the Winter-Fair there are also daily fun performances, fashion shows and you can follow various workshops, for young and old.

Practical information

Christmas market date: Thursday 14 December – Sunday 17 December
Times:from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entrance fee: €9,- presale, €10,- doorsale
Address: Ahoyweg 10, 3084 BA Rotterdam

 

7. 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 16 December and Saturday 23 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.

Practical information

Christmas market dates: Saturday 16 and Saturday 23 December
Times: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entrance fee: free
Address: Noordplein Rotterdam

 

8. The Maker Market – Groot Handelsgebouw

At The Maker Market at the Groot Handelsgebouw on Sunday, Dec. 17, there are all kinds of things to see, smell, hear, feel and taste when it comes to handmade products. From handmade jewelry and clothing to beautiful prints and organic treats, you can always find something new and instantly score a unique (Christmas) gift.

Enjoy live music and workshops and find makers at work. Start a conversation and discover the impressive ideas and stories behind their creations. So you are always sure to find a unique product with a good story!

Practical information

Christmas market dates: Sunday 17 December
Times: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Entrance fee: free
Address: Inner courtyard of the Groot Handelsgebouw: Stationsplein 45, 3013AK, Rotterdam
More info: The Maker Market

 

9. Christmas design & craft at the Huidenclub

The Huidenclub organizes a Christmas market during the weekend of December 2 and 3 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 2 and Sunday December 3
Times: from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entrance fee: free
Address: Pelgrimsstraat 5C, 3029 BH Rotterdam

 

Bonustip: Open loods/atelier dag Wintage

On Saturday, November 25, Wintage and Melissa Moria are hosting an open shed/workshop day, all in the Christmas spirit! Discover unique vintage design furniture, home decor and beautiful artwork, prints and posters, all on sale with special discounts valid only on this day.

Also seize the opportunity to get your hands on Melissa Moria’s limited edition hand-painted Christmas cards and get acquainted directly with the two enterprising girls’ brand new concept: Stiel Studio. As a bonus, they will treat visitors to free “oliebollen” (doughnuts) and glühwein. Come along and discover the special finds!

Practical information

Date: Saturday November 25
Time: from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Entrance fee: free
Address: Buys Ballotlaan 4, Vlaardingen (entrance on the right side)

 

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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