Christmas is not just a holiday when you can wake up late, sip hot chocolate and stuff yourself with mommy’s food- it’s also the time for you to explore and hangout! Here are the 4 day-trip ideas for this Christmas- bring your date (or your mates) along and experience this holiday to the fullest.
Amsterdam day trip
Start off your trip by visiting Museumplein! This year’s Ice Village is celebrated in the area, with a huge ice rink and gourmet street food. As dawn comes, it’s time for the Amsterdam Light Festival! With two separate tours: Illuminade walk tour and Water Colors boat route, this is an extraordinary outdoor light exhibition where artists show off their talents within a unique theme.
- Ice Village Amsterdam is open during 17-30 December. More information here.
- Amsterdam Light Festival is open during December 1- January 22. For tickets and tour information, click here.
Dickens Festival- Deventer
If you are a bookaholic (like I am), this off-track, traditional Christmas experience is the event you do not want to miss. In this festival, the whole Bergkwartier area is transformed into the ancient, 19th-century English town (it’s time to wear your grandma clothing). More than 900 characters from Charles Dicken’s books will be turned into life, so do not miss the chance to take a photo with Oliver Twist! One more plus is free entrance. However, make sure to be an early bird, as the queue is expected to be lengthy.
- When: 18-19 December. More information here.
The theme park will be filled with lovely Christmas decorations this winter! Indulge yourself in the 450-meter ski track, have a round or two in the Ice Palace, or just simply sit down in one of the squares and enjoy the free shows that Efteling offers. The choices are yours!
- The winter version of Efteling is open during November 14- December 31. More information and tickets here.
Cologne Christmas Markets
The Germans are not only proud of the beloved Oktoberfest- their Christmas markets are pretty famous as well. Among many markets scattering around the whole country, Cologne is within a reasonable reach from Rotterdam, yet the vibe this city offers is warming, cosy and unique.
With 7 markets in the city, the only thing you are lack of while in Cologne is time. Exploring the wooden pavilions near the Cathedral, strolling down the stalls with a picturesque view of the Rhine or buying crafted gifts in Old Town market- the choices are endless. Don’t forget to have a sip of Gluhwein and treat yourself with their delicious street food before leaving!
- CSA is offering a round-trip bus ticket from Rotterdam to Cologne- tickets are from 30 euros each (I know, that’s a steal!) Grab your tickets here!
On behalf of CSA-EUR, I wish you a cheerful, merry Christmas with your beloved ones. Try out our options and tell us which one(s) you love best!
Written by Khiet Anh Nguyen