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The TopDutch Holidays Guide 23rd-31st of December

Happy holidays from team TopDutch! This time between Christmas and NYE is of course one for enjoying with your friends and family, but there’s loads of ways to do that! Food, exercise, spending time with the kids, there’s tons of great events on over the whole week in the TopDutch region.

For the foodies

Vegan Christmas Dinner

After two days of eating and eating, do you think you’ll still have some space left for more by Boxing Day? If so, there’s quite a treat waiting for you at Achterwerk! 7 courses, 3 amuses and handmade bread: all plant-based. Grab your friends, get merry and enjoy a ‘gezellig’ and elaborate evening.
Where? Achterwerk, Groningen. When? 26th of December.

For some exercise

Winter Walk Stavoren

Feeling a bit exhausted after your Christmas dinner(s), and want to blow away the cobwebs? Enjoy a nice walk, organized by the skating club in Stavoren, under the stars and through 6 or 11kms of lit-up farmland. Perfect mix of fresh air, nature and atmosphere.
Where? Stavoren, Friesland. When? 28th of December.  

For an unusual nativity

Shepard’s Tour of Balloo

What would Christmas be without a nativity? For those who aren’t feeling the more traditional version of children’s singing and, um, adorable acting, this is a nativity with a difference. On Christmas eve, you can take a walking tour through the Balloërveld, and hear the Christmas story in parts at different campfires across the route. At the end, there’s a choir around Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and a donkey.
Where? Balloo, Drenthe. When? 24th of December.

For the families

Roald Dahl Festival

Remember the excitement of experiencing the world of Roald Dahl as a child? Let your kids become a part of the world themselves. Alongside the movies playing throughout the two days, there’s also Dahl film making workshops, puppet shows, and even events teaching you to be a big strong giant with Taekwondo. Whizzpopping!
Where? Groningen Forum. When? 28th-30th of December.

For the dance-lovers

Swan Lake

Across the world one of the best cultural events of December is watching the Swan Lake ballet, and this year you can enjoy it in Sneek with the talented performers Kharkiv City Opera & Ballet. Immerse yourself in the magical, romantic love story of Odette and Prince Siegfried at the Sneek Theater.
Where? Sneek Theater. When? 23rd of December.

For the pop-lovers

Top2000 Church Service

In the last week of the year, people around the country tune into the station NPO Radio 2 to hear the hottest 2000 songs of all-time 24 hours a day. This year is the 20th anniversary, so to celebrate the Noorderkerk in Nieuw Amsterdam is holding a church service with a difference. The theme of ‘trust in God’ will be illustrated with performances of pop classics such as the Black Eyed Peas, U2 and many more.
Where? Noorderkerk, Nieuw Amsterdam. When? 29th of December.

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