Christmas is celebrated over two days in the Netherlands, i.e. 'Eerste Kerstdag' (First Christmas Day) on December 25 and 'Tweede Kerstdag' (Second Christmas Day) on December 26, both of which are public holidays. Christmas in Holland is not centered on Santa Claus, crazy commercialism and gift-giving, but on the family and the ambiance of the holiday.

Kerstfeest: Dutch Christmas in Holland

Christmas is celebrated over two days in the Netherlands, i.e. 'Eerste Kerstdag' (First Christmas Day) on December 25 and 'Tweede Kerstdag' (Second Christmas Day) on December 26, both of which are public holidays. Christmas in Holland is not centered on Santa Claus, crazy commercialism and gift-giving, but on the family and the ambiance of the holiday.

Christmas in Gouda by Hans Bax  •  The city hall of Gouda. Every ten minutes the scenery changes. It’s like a fairy-tale.    Gouda, Holland

Christmas in Gouda by Hans Bax • The city hall of Gouda. Every ten minutes the scenery changes. It’s like a fairy-tale. Gouda, Holland

Every Christmas in Gouda, Holland they light up this church.  I saw this when I visited my aunt and it is so pretty! :)

Every Christmas in Gouda, Holland they light up this church. I saw this when I visited my aunt and it is so pretty! :)

ice skating:netherlands - yep, used to do this over there with my cousins, with strap on skates!

ice skating:netherlands - yep, used to do this over there with my cousins, with strap on skates!

Utrecht, The Netherlands, on snowy night. It's like the inside of a snow globe, seriously!.

Utrecht, The Netherlands, on snowy night. It's like the inside of a snow globe, seriously!.

Gouda - The Netherlands - Christmas Tree

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Amsterdam can offer much more than the well-known coffee shops and quarter the red light. The narrow alleys and quaint canals create the atmosphere of the city of angels. Decorated in honor of the holiday windows and falling here and there, Christmas markets beckon its lights. Every free angle, or area  are occupied by rollers- both young and old. A prototype of Santa Claus, St. Nicholas is the patron saint of Holland

Amsterdam can offer much more than the well-known coffee shops and quarter the red light. The narrow alleys and quaint canals create the atmosphere of the city of angels. Decorated in honor of the holiday windows and falling here and there, Christmas markets beckon its lights. Every free angle, or area are occupied by rollers- both young and old. A prototype of Santa Claus, St. Nicholas is the patron saint of Holland

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