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About the Dordrecht Christmas market

You no longer need to go to Cologne or Dusseldorf to visit a real and authentic Christmas market. Dordrecht's Christmas market, with its 200 stalls, is the largest in The Netherlands and is known for its cosy atmosphere. The stalls have an extensive offer of attractive Christmas gifts which, accompanied by various delicious hot treats, live entertainment and a magnificent ice-skating-rink, leads for the perfect Christmas experience in the city centre of Dordrecht. The Christmas market has a route of 2,5km and leads you through the beautiful historic city centre and inland harbours. Points of interest are the medieval Minster, with an actual winter garden, the authentic Groenmarkt and Holland's longest shopping street; the Voorstraat. 

Activities

At the Christmas market Dordrecht, from 12-14 December 2014, a range of activities are planned to complete the Christmas atmosphere for the visitor. There are many singing choirs and bands that, at different locations and stages along the route, will provide you with live entertainment. There are two main stages where you can enjoy several performances, one located at the Vismarkt and one at the Stadhuisplein. The latter is also where the enchanting Christmas sing-a-long event takes place on Friday and Saturday evening. Moreover you can also run into the singing choirs and bands at different locations along the route. 

Whilst some may enjoy the relaxed strolling along the large number of stalls, others can alternate the relaxed pace with a more active one at the ice-skating-rink at the Statenplein. Next to the ice-rink there is also a large tent which offers a cosy retreat with warm seating areas and hundreds of fairy lights.

Practical information

The Dordrecht Christmas market starts on Friday December 12th and ends Sunday December 14th. The opening times of the Christmas market 2014 are:

- Friday December 12: 10.00 - 21.00h
- Saturday December 13: 10.00 - 21.00h
- Sunday December 14: 11.00 - 18.00h

The easiest way to get to the Dordrecht Christmas market is by train. Dordrecht Central Station is situated on a 10 minute-walking distance from the Christmas market in the city centre. Trains run regularly from the south of The Netherlands (Roosendaal, Breda, Eindhoven) and the cities of Western Holland; Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam. 

By car it is the easiest to park at one of the free-park-and-ride sites, especially created for the Dordrecht Christmas market. Follow the signs from the freeways A15 and A16. From these parking lots a free shuttle service is available to take you into the city centre. 

Would you like to enjoy Dordrecht and the largest Christmas market of The Netherlands for a couple of days? Please check www.visitdordrecht.nl for the available accommodation facilities in Dordrecht. 

More information?

Would you like to obtain more information about the Dordrecht Christmas Market? Either send an email to kerstmarkt@dordrecht.nl or contact intree Dordrecht, the visitors centre of the city, by phone via +31-7863 22440.

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