Celebrating Thanksgiving Away from Home

Published on 9 November 2019

Do you like to celebrate Thanksgiving with your family and newly made friends away from home? Whether it will be a traditional dinner or not, you might wonder where to buy the ingredients to prepare a delicious meal.

Did you find out that you left the necessary pots and pans and utensils as a turkey baster at home? Read on to know where in Haarlem you can go to buy it.

I will share addresses from the Haarlem Area where you find everything to make your Thanksgiving dinner a dinner which will give you the feeling of being home away from home.

Where to buy your turkey?

You can put an order everywhere in town. As a local, I like to share my favorite addresses. Two of them are just minutes away from the city center but really worth mentioning. Quality guaranteed if you buy your turkey here.

Overveense Vleeshouwerij De Vries

This small family business was founded more than hundred years ago. Nowadays they serve products to lots of restaurants in town.

The turkeys delivered by De Vries come from France, therefore put an order at least two weeks in advance.

To order the turkey, call 023 5277485 between 8.30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Wals Poelier, Bloemendaalseweg 48, 2061 CL Bloemendaal.

The first generation opened the shop in 1934. Nowadays the shop is led by the daughter of the former owner. She and her team, women only, are experts who love to serve the clients.

Again, put an order in time to make sure you’ll have everything to prepare your Thanksgiving dinner.


Van Leeuwen Vleesch, Kleverparkweg 8, 2023 CE Haarlem.

This butcher shop has also a good reputation in the Haarlem area. Their second butcher shop can be found in Overveen.


It shouldn’t be a problem to find the trimmings which come along with the Thanksgiving dinner. Cranberries, sprouts, green beans, you’ll find it easily. You can go to the greengrocer or the supermarkets in town.

Wondering where to buy marshmallows and pumpkin pie filling?

I will share a couple of my favorite addresses in town with you.

Food Market Mabrouk, Tuchthuisstraat 2, 2011 XK Haarlem.

Mabrouk has it almost all if not all. Cranberries, brussels sprouts, beans.

You’ll find Mabrouk in the city center of Haarlem.


A Taste Of Home, Gedempte Oude Gracht 42, 2011 GS Haarlem.

At Taste of Home you will definitely find Libby’s Pumpkin Pie amongst others.

Supermarkets Albert Heijn, Vomar Voordeelmarkt, Dekamarkt

What can you find in the Dutch supermarkets? Next to brussels sprouts and green beans you can find cranberry sauce and marshmallows.


Pots, Pans and More

Once you have decided to cook  but you realize you don’t have the necessary equipment like a roasting pan, a thermometer or a turkey baster, I have some addresses where you can buy this cooking equipment.

De Huismuis, Warmoesstraat 15, 2011 HN Haarlem.

De Huismuis, founded in 1963, is a true paradise for the real cook fans. You’ll definitely find the right cooking equipment to prepare your Thanksgiving dinner.

Voss, Hoofdstraat 228, 2071 EP Santpoort – Noord.

Not that far away from Haarlem, you’ll find Voss.

Again a paradise for the real cook fans who only want to use highly qualitative pots, pans and other cooking equipment.





On May 4th, people in the Netherlands pay their respect to all victims who have died in wars or peacekeeping missions since the beginning of Worl War II by a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

This year a commemoration with the public is possible again.

National Commemoration

Every year at 7:50 p.m., the National Commemoration will take place on Amsterdam’s Dam Square.

King Alexander and Queen Maxima will walk through a veterans’ guard to lay a wreath on behalf of all citizens of The Netherlands. After this ceremony, there will be a 2-minute silence throughout the whole country.

Furthermore, public transport and road traffic will come to a standstill.



The main commemoration will start in the St. Bavo Church at the Grote Markt.

A silent march will start at the church, Riviervismarkt side, and ends at the Dreef. Here, victims of war will be commemorated by laying wreaths at the memorial of ‘Man in front of the firing squad.’

Commemorations will also take place on the Westergracht, Burgemeester Reinaldapark and Jan Gijzenbrug.

The full program can be found on this website.


Eerebegraafplaats Bloemendaal in Overveen

One of the many honorary cemeteries can be found in the Kennemer Dunes at the Zeeweg in Overveen.

This cemetery was consecrated on November 27th, 1945, by the reburial of Hannie Schaft, a famous Dutch Resistance fighter.

Three hundred seventy-two resistance fighters were re-buried at this cemetery.

Silent march to the memorial cemetery

From 6 p.m. to p.m 6:40 p.m. a memorial service will be held in the building of ‘Publieke Werken’ on the Brouwerskolkweg in Overveen
This service is open to relatives of the fallen and all who are interested.

6:40 p.m. set up of silent march right after the roundabout, corner Brouwerskolk – Zeeweg.

6:55 p.m. start of the silent march to the memorial cemetery

8 p.m. 2 minutes of silence

The silent march is a tribute to the fallen and thoughts about freedom and peace.

On May 4th, people can visit the cemetery between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. As of 7 p.m., the cemetery will be closed at 7 p.m.



Dutch flags will fly half-mast from 6 p.m. until sunset on government buildings. The same rule applies to citizens. For them, this rule is not a directive.

Broadcast on tv

NOS will broadcast the national commemoration ceremony live from 7:50 p.m. on NPO.