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Dortmund Christmas marketsJulia Smile ©
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Dortmund Christmas Markets

A day trip to Dortmund Christmas Markets! When we think of the best Christmas markets in Europe Germany is certainly up there! Having done some quick research, we found that there were only a few of them open on December 26th, most close by…
Vooges
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Haarlem Xmas Comedy & Drinks

Join the Haarlem Xmas Comedy, with a great international line up, in trendy and cozy Vooges Centraal, with excellent drinks and snacks, next to (almost in) Haarlem Central Station. Don't miss it! Online tickets with discount (€ 10 p.p. instead…
Haarlem ChristmasInage by Jill Wellington ©
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Things to do in Haarlem this December

Happy holidays to all our expatsHaarlem readers, December has finally arrived! Sinterklaas kicked off the festivities but that is only the beginning! This month promises a variety of festive events from the much anticipated Christmas Markets…
Christmas
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Eco-friendly Christmas ideas that are also good for the Earth

We are living in times when caring about our environment is also an individual responsibility. All the choices we make every day about how we live our lives has an effect on our planet. However, Christmas should be about joy, love and having…
Sinterklaas
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Sinterklaas arrives to Haarlem!

Sinterklaas and his Pieten arrive by steamboat and moors on the Spaarne on 18 November in Haarlem. A fun and festive activity for the whole family, starting from 13.00, Sinterklaas and his Pieten arrive on his famous Steamboat along the…
Winter Village Hoofddorp
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Winter Village Hoofddorp

Experience a true winter wonderland at Winter Village Hoofddorp. An ice rink in a fairytale atmosphere, crackling fireplaces, hot glühwein and delicious winter dishes. The Town Hall Square has been transformed into Winterland Hoofddorp. A…
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Haarlem Haarmonix Christmas Concert

Come and support your local Haarlem choir, Haarlem Haarmonix, on 17th December for a festive performance. Everyone is welcome to the annual Christmas Concert on Sunday 17th December, at Café-Brasserie de Wildeman, Hoofdstraat 142, 2071…
Christmas Market
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Haarlem’s Christmas Market Photo Walk

The Christmas Market in Haarlem is one of the biggest and nicest Christmas markets in the whole Netherlands and Benelux.  Every year the city turns in a real spectacle. This year the Christmas Market will take place on Saturday 9 and Sunday…
Sinterklaas
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Sinterklaas in Haarlem

Sinterklaas is coming to Haarlem on November 19 at 13:00! He will be arriving on his steamboat on the River Spaarne! You do not want to miss this event! There will be a major parade with the following route: Spaarne, Damstraat, Oude Groenmarkt,…
Winteland Hoofddorp
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Winterland Hoofddorp

Experience a true winter wonderland at Winterland Hoofddorp. An ice rink in a fairytale atmosphere, crackling fireplaces, hot glühwein and delicious winter dishes. The Town Hall Square has been transformed into Winterland Hoofddorp. A place…
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Help! I got the festive season blues

The festive season and end-of-year celebrations are supposed to be the most joyous time of the year: fancy dress, gourmet foods, decorations, lights, parties, music, gifts and an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. But this is…
Haarlem Jazz Wintereditie
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Haarlem’s Christmas carol singalong

Harlem Jazz & More Winter Edition with Christmas carols (Kerstsamenzang in Dutch) set against the backdrop of Haarlem’s historic buildings of the Grote Markt starts tonight at 19:00. The Christmas carol singalong at the Grote Markt…
Shopping Haarlem
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Christmas extra shopping hours in Haarlem

You don't have all the Christmas shopping done yet? You can make use of the extra long opening hours in the city centre. - Thursday, December 22 till 21:00 h. - Friday, December 23 till 21:00h. - Saturday December 24 till 17:00 Please…
Sinterklaas 101
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Sinterklaas 101: The Festive Period Dutch Style

It's that time of year! Sinterklaas has arrived and with him many traditions. *ahem* some you may not like *ahem* Here is a basic break down of what this all means and what traditions you may want to take part in.  Sinterklaas 101. Sinterklaas…
Christmas Shopping in Haarlem
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Extra opening hours for shops in Haarlem at Christmas.

Hurrah! Now there is no excuse not to buy presents this year. In Haarlem shop owners can now keep their stores open for longer during the festive period. A new scheme which shop owners can opt in or out of, will allow shop owners to keep…
Holidays
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Holidays and home visits…finding the balance

Holidays are meant to be fun, right? And yet often they’re fraught with expectation and obligation and can leave us feeling frazzled. This is especially true for expats, who tend to plan “home visits” in key holiday periods and emerge…
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12 Powerful (and Inexpensive) Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

We have all heard it before: the holidays are a time for giving, for selflessness and random acts of kindness. It feels good to give, not only for the recipient but for the giver as well; many scientific studies show giving, especially in the…
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Tips for Staying Connected with your Partner during the Holidays

If I were really honest, the TOP thing on my holiday wish would be to spend the coming month with minimum stress and maximum enjoyment and connection with the people who are MOST important to me. Yet each end-of-the-year presents great challenges,…
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Top tips in choosing gifts for children for the holiday season

The holiday season can be a period of frenzy for most parents. With all the assortment of toys and gadgets, parents feel the pressure in choosing the right gifts that not only will be appreciated but would hopefully also benefit their development. So…
Haarlem City of Light
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Haarlem City of Light

Tonight the festivity lights will be put on. Where in the city do you like the illuminations most? 25 years ago, in 1990, the Stichting Haarlem Lichtstad (Haarlem City of Light Foundation) was founded. Since then the Haarlem City of…
Christmas Commercial AH (Albert Heijn) from Bloemendaal and Overveen
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Christmas Commercial AH (Albert Heijn) from Bloemendaal and Overveen

The Christmas Commercial is recorded in "our" Bloemendaal and Overveen. Nice! The thought of the commercial ... At Christmas dinners you show how important family is to you. But what do you do when someone can not there be? Then you start…