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The TopDutch Weekend Guide 20th-22nd of December

‘Twas the weekend before Christmas, when all through the house; not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. And that’s because everyone was out, enjoying the cultural festivities going on in the TopDutch region! From carols to jingles, from vegan food to stamppot, whatever way you want to celebrate the holiday season, there’s something for you this weekend.

For the singers

Christmas Karaoke Grote Markt

The city center of Groningen is transforming into a big ‘sing-along café’ this Friday thanks to cultural organization VRIJDAG. A band and choir will lead Christmas numbers, whilst the lyrics will be projected onto a screen so everyone can join in the festivities. Jingle bell ROCK!
Where? Grote Mart, Groningen. When? 20th of December.  

For the sports lovers

It’s a kind of Christmas

How to you make watching the most gifted TopDutch gymnasts even better? Put their performances to a live orchestra of the most talented young musical talents! This weekend, enjoy a unique opportunity to watch the rising starts of the Dutch sport and musical world at It’s a Kind of Christmas in Heerenveen. And for the kids who will inevitably get inspired, they can get active with the workshops going on alongside.
Where? Sportstad Heerenveen. When? 21st and 22nd of December.

For a merry evening

Noorderlichtjes Parade

Enjoy some jolly lights in a winter night this Friday in Hoogeveen with the Noorderlichtjes Parade. Throughout the city, wagons and other vehicles will be lit up as they drive on a festive tour accompanied by showbands. A pretty, jolly evening for the whole family!
Where? Hoogeveen city center. When? 20th of December.

For a plant-based Christmas

Vegan Christmas Market

Vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians or just the curious, this is the Christmas market for you! The one-and-only 100% plant-based Christmas market in the Netherlands, lovers of animals and the environment can satisfy their cravings with vegan food and mulled wine, whilst shopping sustainably from the 40-odd sustainable and fair-trade stands.
Where? EM2, Groningen. When? 22nd of December.

For a traditional TopDutch experience

Stamppot Winter Tour

Experience the best of TopDutch scenery and food this weekend with a cruise around the beautiful Lauwersmeer national park on a classical fishing sailboat. Get guided around by a nature expert from the region, and then enjoy a typical TopDutch winter dinner: Stammpot, to warm you up.
Where? Zoutkamp, Province of Groningen. When? 21st of December.

For the Vikings

Midwinter Night

One of the most fun exhibitions in the TopDutch region currently is Wij Vikings in the Fries museum. And this Saturday you can immerse yourself in Viking culture and celebrate Midwinter Night at the museum. Enjoy atmospheric storytellers, music, Viking workshops for the kids and Viking beer for the grown-ups.
Where? Fries Museum. When? 21st of December.

For a traditional Christmas

Festival of Lessons and Carols

The magic of Christmas has been around us for a while, but for those looking for a more traditional event to celebrate the season, look no further than the Festival Lessons and Carols in Assen this weekend. An event more common in Anglican tradition, the ‘lessons’ are short readings of the Bible telling the story of the arrival of Christ, and are accompanied with carols sang by a choir (and yourself). And all in the stunning environment of the Adventskerk in Assen.
Where? Adventskerk, Assen. When? 22nd of December.

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