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The TopDutch Weekend Guide 6th-8th of December

It’s the first full week of advent which means there’s no escaping the festive spirit in the TopDutch region. Whether you want a fun party to get down with your friends, family or colleagues, a Christmas market to find some cute gifts, or something more calm to relax with your loved ones, you’ll find something for you this weekend. Wrap up warm, fill your mug with mulled wine or hot chocolate and enjoy these winter warmers.

For the Christmas spirit

The largest Christmas bauble

Generally, the TopDutch are a pretty modest population. But there’s one pretty big exception. Or the biggest exception, to be exact – the biggest Christmas bauble in the world! For December, the whole of DOT’s dome gets covered in 6,000 LEDs, and is turned into one giant Christmas decoration. To celebrate, they’re throwing a party to get you into the Christmas spirit, with everything you need for the best holiday party: mulled wine, Christmas trees, and Mariah Carey blasting from the speakers.
Where? DOT Groningen. When? 6th of December.

For the partiers

Fuerza Bruta

Warm up from the cold with some Argentinean entertainment in Leeuwarden this December. Fuerza Bruta is an exhilarating theater show mixing dance, music, acrobatics and club-vibes hailing from Argentina: Having wowed audiences in NYC, London, Buenos Aires and Berlin to name a few before arriving in Leeuwarden for the holiday season. Find yourself in the middle of a 360° spectacle, and get ready to dance.
Where? Outside the Mannen van Staal factory building, Leeuwarden. When? 5th-19th of December.

For the rockers

Explosive Light Orchestra

Enjoy a trip back to the 70s with an epic night of rock classics with the Jeff Lynne and ELO tribute. A full 8-piece outfit, including the famous string section will bring fresh life to ELO classics in Hoogeveen this weekend. Dig out your dancing shoes and get ready to hear your favorite classic hits.
Where? Theater De Tamboer, Hoogeveen. When? 7th of December.

For some Swedish style

Swedish Christmas market

Christmas markets the TopDutch way: International, creative and combined with a party – that’s the Swedish Christmas market for you! Having been named recently as one of the top-10 Christmas markets in the Netherlands, it’s truly an experience for all the family. The kids can play in a ball pit, grown-ups can get their hands on some cute Swedish designed decorations, stationary, and other gifts, and everyone can enjoy the nice Christmas choirs or DJs.
Where? Sugar Factory, Groningen. When? 7th and 8th of December.

For chill vibes

Lazy Sunday Tunes with Sietza Bouma

Got some spare time between Christmas parties and want to do something a bit more chill? Post-plaza have got a solution for that: Lazy Sunday Tunes. Sit back, enjoy some great music by Sietza Bouma, and let them sort out the rest.
Where? Post-plaza, Leeuwarden. When? 8th of December.

For the art lovers

Barbizon of the North

The TopDutch landscape is something to inspire anyone who visits it. And that has included some very famous artists such as Jozef Israëls, Hendrik Willem Mesdag, Vincent van Gogh, Julius van de Sande Bakhuyzen and Max Liebermann. At the moment, the Drenthe museum is holding an awe-inspiring exhibition of paintings, graphics and drawings from these artists and more, which portray the beautiful scenes of Drenthe in the 20th century. It’s not to be missed for any proud TopDutch’er!
Where? Drents Museum. When? Until March 2020.

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