Are you an expat in Haarlem and looking for Christmas services or carol singing on Christmas Eve? Hello Haarlem has compiled a list for you.

St. Bavo Cathedral

  • 5 p.m. Children’s Christmas Celebration.
  • 8 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass. Tickets required. Already fully booked.
  • 10:30 p.m. Christmass Eve Mass, no tickets required.
  • Location: Leidsevaart 146, Haarlem.
  • More info on this website¬†

Anglican Church

  • 6 p.m. Christmas Eucharist
  • 8 p.m. Service of Nine lessons and Carols
  • Location: Kinderhuissingel 76
  • Both services with choir.

Grote or St. Bavo Church, Entrance Oude Groenmarkt

  • 11 p.m. – midnight, doors open at 10:30 p.m.
  • Experience a service beginning in darkness with beautiful songs and music by the Oude Bavo Cantorij and Bavissimo Brass Quartet.
  • Stay warm; the church is cold! Blankets and warm clothing recommended.
  • Everyone is welcome, 1000 seats available inside, and the service can be followed live on Grote Markt or via livestream. Traditional Christmas carols singing follows.

Ontmoetingskerk – Schalkwijk 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Weather permitting, outdoor carol singing led by the Haarlem Symphonic Brass Orchestra and Ontmoetingskerk Choir.
  • A contemporay Christmas play followed by a hearthy ‘Stamppot’ dinner.
  • Location: Frankrijklaan 4, Haarlem.

Oosterkerk – 8 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

  • Christmas carol singing in the church garden led by the Salvation Army brass ensemble.
  • Location: Zomerkade 165

For all ages, with hot chocolate, mulled wine, and Christmas treats afterward in the church hall. The church hall will be open for lighting a candle, listening to Christmas music a bit longer, and hanging a prayer or wish on the Christmas tree.

Christmas Carol Singing at Grote Markt

Christmas Carol Singing in Vijfhoek

  • Christmas singing begins when the Nieuwe kerk has struck midnight.
  • Gathering on the square from 11 p.m. onwards.
  • The Spaarnebazuin Harmony plays the most beautiful Christmas songs for about an hour.
  • Program concludes at 1:15 a.m.
  • Location: Nieuwe Kerksplein

Bloemendaal – Dorpskerk

  • 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Children’s lantern parade from restaurant Fleurie to Dorpskerk. Bring your own lantern!
  • Inside the church, enjoy a Christmas story by theatermaker Hakim, followed by outdoor actvities¬† with hot chocolate.
  • 20:15 Christmas carol singing in the garden of Dorpskerk. Mayor Ankie-Broekers-Knol reads the Christms story
  • 9 p.m. Christmas Eve Service.
  • Location: Kerkplein 20, Bloemendaal.
  • Info to be found on this website


Don’t miss these heartwarming Christmas events in Haarlem and surrounding areas. Check specific details for each service and make your Christmas Eve memorable!

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Disclaimer: All info above is a compilation of the info as stated on the different websites of the churches and christmas carol singing organizers.