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Christmas vibes: 8 cool Christmas markets in Rotterdam

By Lisanne van Beurden
December 08, 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. 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.

The featured photo is by the ladies of the Rotterdamse Kerstbomen (Rotterdam Christmas trees). Unfortunately, this Christmas market has already taken place. Hopefully again next year!


1. 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


2. De Stu x Weelde Wintermarket

There are a lot of great Christmas markets in Rotterdam West this year, in the same weekend. Be sure to check them all out!

For example, Weelde organizes a winter market in collaboration with De Stu. Expect a wide range of handmade, (re)designed or manufactured items by different makers. During the winter market you can follow creative workshops.

In between shopping you can enjoy mulled wine, hot chocolate and delicious food from Bar Tutto. Do you prefer to stick around after the market? That is possible, because from 22:00 there will be an event organized by Pulse Clubseries.

Practical information

Christmas market dates: Saturday 10 December
Times: from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Entrance fee: free
Address: Marconistraat 39, 3029 AG Rotterdam


3. Oase Kerstmarkt

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.

There is even a ‘plant exchange stall’ to show people that a plant is a very nice gift to receive and give.

Practical information

Christmas market dates: Saturday 10 December
Times:from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Entrance fee: pay as you like
Address: Schiehaven 15a, 3024 EC Rotterdam


4. Christmas design & craft at the Huidenclub

The Huidenclub organizes a Christmas market during 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. Design Market Delfshaven

Are you looking for beautiful designer items? Then visit Delfshaven on Sunday 11 December. 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 December 11
Times: from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entrance fee: free
Address: 2e Schansstraat 5, 3025 XG Rotterdam


6. Loops Christmas flea & art market

Loops is a platform for (starting) creatives to show and sell their work. Think of starting artists, DJs and salespeople.

During the Loops Christmas flea & art market you can enjoy performance art, a cool DJ line-up, mulled wine, Asian noodle soup and ordinary Christmas karaoke to round off the extravaganza.

Practical information

Christmas market dates: Sunday 11 December
Times: from 1 PM to 7 PM
Entrance fee: free
Address: Vijverhofstraat 25a, 3032 SB Rotterdam


7. 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


8. 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 to 5:00 PM and Saturday 24 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Entrance fee: free
Address: Noordplein Rotterdam


Bonus: Pop-up Area Ninety

Foto door Annelies Schouten.

Not a Christmas market, but a cool pop-up shop that you can visit from December 13. And you can bet that you can score great gifts or outfits for the holidays here!

Area Ninety opens its doors at the Zwaanshals in Rotterdam North and provides the unique experience of a creative living room where vintage and design come together.

Wintage, who initiated the event, will provide the pop-up store with the most special second-hand furniture, but more shops and makers are part of ‘Area 90’.

You will find handmade items from Studio Zuiderveld and Rubens Cubes, art from Melissa Moria and Naomi Streefkerk, even more vintage via LaBru and there is even a ready-made photo studio available!

There are also racks of beautiful clothing ready for you, by fashion stylist Nicolas BoyerStitching Stories and Monique Singh.

Practical information

Dates pop-up: December 13 to January 28
Times: Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Entrance fee: free
Address: Zwaanhals 410, 3035 KT 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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