It’s easy to get in the fesitive December mood with so much Christmas Fairs throughout The Netherlands. Some are organized in city centers, some are open-air markets, some fairs will be held in old churches or even better at beautiful country estates. Are there fairs or events on some of the many beautiful country estates near Haarlem? In fact there are!
Spirit of Christmas at 3 country estates near Haarlem
Castle Christmas Fair at Buitenplaats Beeckestijn
You’ll definitely will get in the festive mood, wandering around at this old estate with it’s beautiful landscaped gardens. The perfect place to find some inspiration to decorate your home or find Christmas presents for your beloved ones. Admire the stands and listen to live music performances. Castle Christmas Fair, November 28th – December 1st Buitenplaats Beeckestijn Rijksweg 134 1981 LO Velsen-Zuid Open every day at 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., on Sunday December 1st from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Directions It’s a 15-minute car drive away from Haarlem. By bus, it will take about 45 minutes to get to the venue when you depart from Haarlem station. Check 9292.nl for the exact time table. Tickets Tickets can be bought online or at the entrance. Note: The ticket price mentioned online is excluding 0,80 Euro cents transaction fee. Parking tickets can also be ordered online or paid for at the venue.
Christmas at Keukenhof Castle
From December 11th – January 5th, you’ll get the chance to experience the Christmas atmosphere at this beautiful estate. During this period, a lot of activities will be organized on Wednesdays and weekends. December 11th, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. This afternoon you can create nice Christmas centerpieces. The gardeners working at the estate will provide you with material straight from the garden. The only thing you have to bring is your own basket or plan plot.
Turn On The Lights
Be there with your kids at 4 p.m. It’s time to turn on the lights of the largest Christmas tree at the estate. Afterward, hot chocolate will be served for the kids and their (grand)parents. December 14th, the estate is open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Today the doors of Keukenhof Castle will be opened. Visitors can admire the beautifully decorated interior on the ground floor. Outside you can sit around a bonfire, listening to live music while having hot chocolate and marshmallow or a gluhwein. You can also explore the estate by a ride in an open-air wagon. Dive into the Christmas story, starting at 5.30 p.m. – 8 p.m. A well-lit pathway will lead you to different stalls. At each stall, a small part of the Christmas story will be told to the audience. Other activities and info will be announced soon on the website of Kasteel Keukenhof. Kasteel Keukenhof Keukenhof 1 2161 AN Lisse Entrance and parking are free; there will be exceptions for certain activities, e.g. evening parking on December 14th is 3 Euro. Directions From Haarlem, it is approximately a 30 minutes car drive.
Xmas Fair, Oud-Poelgeest Castle Oegstgeest
In Oegstgeest, 40 car minutes away from Haarlem and only 15 minutes away from Leiden, you’ll find Oud-Poelgeest Castle. At this estate, the second edition of the Xmas Fair will be held. Looking for Christmas decorations, a Christmas outfit or Christmas presents, you can find it at the Xmas Fair. Compared to the Christmas markets in the bigger cities in the area, this is a cozy Fair with 28 stands. Xmas Fair Oegstgeest, December 7th – 8th, open noon – 8 p.m. Kasteel Oud-Poelgeest Poelgeesterweg 1 2341 NM Oegstgeest Entrance and parking are free. It is not possible to park at the estate. Signs will send you to a parking lot near the castle Directions Oud-Poelgeest Castle is approximately 40 minutes away from Haarlem. Check your navigation for directions. If you use public transport, the best option is to take the train from Haarlem to Leiden. In Leiden, it’s approximately 20 minutes bus ride to the bus stop near the castle. Check the time table on 9292.nl