Kerstmarkt Haarlem (Photo: Haarlem Marketing)

Overcrowded Christmas market Haarlem in the top 5 of the Netherlands

The Christmas market in Haarlem is one of the biggest in our country. And overcrowded. The municipality expects this weekend more than 200,000 visitors! You are warned.


In the second weekend of December the city centre is completely wrapped in Christmas spirit, there are hundreds of stalls and Christmas choirs sing lovely Christmas songs.  The Haarlem Kertmarkt (Christmas Market) is held on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th of December 2016, from 9:30 to 18:00 in Grote Markt square, Botermarkt square, Koningstraat, Gierstraat, Raaks shopping area and Kleine Houtstraat. and shopping streets. Christmas choirs, decorations and the chance to meet Santa Claus add to the ambience.


According to the City of Haarlem ths Saturday and Sunday will be the busiest weekend of the year in the city centre of Haarlem. Thanks/due to the Christmas market at the Grote Market and in the surrounding streets.The municipality expects more than 200,000 visitors.
Its success is partly due to good organized streets shops associations. Shops managers react actively to the propositions. And there has been a huge range advertising campaign, via Twitter, Facebook or train and subway stations outings.


Ed Mense of the City of Haarlem tells local newspaper Haarlems Dagblad  that, “this year it will be more a real Christmas market and busier than with Serious Request”.
“We have also based our security on this turnout”. “We have to work hard to lead the expected visitor flow smoothly. The city centre must remain accessible on one way or another for emergency services . That’s why bikes will be banned from the city centre.”


I don’t know what you do guys, but I will open a gluhwein at home 😉


[Source: Haarlems Dagblad]


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