Have a Royal Winter

Have a Royal Winter in The Hague; thé winter city of the Netherlands.


This winter, The Hague is going to be a must-visit as the winter city of the Netherlands! Come and enjoy cozy winter atmospheres during the enchanting Royal Christmas Fair. Admire iconic buildings such as Mauritshuis that are beautifully lit during The Hague Highlights. Not afraid of a little cold? Dive into the North sea on January first during the traditional Nieuwjaarsduik or go ice skating at Kurhaus. Get your gifts for Christmas at the special shops in The Hague and swing by the beach and get heated up afterwards with a delicious mulled wine or chocolate milk. There's plenty to do and to enjoy in our beautiful city this winter. That's why you can just see a part of the complete Have a Royal Winter programming on this page. Click here for the complete agenda. Please remember: all events on this page and in the agenda are subject to change and can be changed due to any new RIVM guidelines.

Kerstman in header winter arrangement
Welcome in the royal winter city at sea!

Warm and enjoying winter at Scheveningen

Let yourself be taken into an atmospheric Scheveningen this year. This coastal part of The Hague is shrouded in brilliant mood lighting and breath taking light objects. Enjoy a stylish evening and experience the theatrical history of Scheveningen. For example with the spectacular musical Aladdin or a light show on the ice. From a delicious hot chocolate by the fire to a fully catered culinary evening out with live music and entertainment. Scheveningen has it all!

  • Cool Event Scheveningen - until January 30th, 2022
    The 600m2 covered ice rink of Cool Event Scheveningen is back. Don't forget your mittens or gloves before sliding across the ice. It's mandatory! This year Cool Event can be found again at the well-known spot right in front of Kurhaus. In addition, Ice Sculptures Scheveningen – Ice in a new style has been opened from December 3rd. Two large sea containers on Pierplein and Noord Boulevard are the setting for the ice sculpture exhibition 'Let our future grow' and 'Stowaway'. This new diorama art form can be visited daily until 8 pm and is fun for young and old!
  • The Hague Beat by the Sea - November 20th, 2021
    Haagse Beat Aan Zee is a spin-off of the Haags Beat Festival: a tribute to the music pioneers who have forever put The Hague on the map in the history of pop music.
  • Surfin' Santas - December 11, 2021
    Hundreds of surfers, dressed as Santa, gather at Hart Beach, brave the cold and all go into the sea at the same time. Signing up for Surfin' Santas is free. Of course you can also just watch!
  • Scheveningen shines - December 17th + 18th and January 7th + 8th
    Entire Scheveningen lights up during the winter period due to exceptionally beautiful outdoor lights. You'll be amazed at various places on and around the boulevard. A fairytale giraffe in front of the Legoland Discovery Center or two life-size champagne glasses, clinking on the renovated northern part of the boulevard. Even entire buildings, such as Holland Casino and Pathé, are shrouded in a blanket of light.
  • Madurodam Winter weeks - December 18 to January 9
    Madurodam family park is beautifully lit with thousands of lights and is full of winter fun.
  • Bonfires - December 27 to 31, 2021
    New Year's Eve is'nt complete without the traditional bonfires. Stacking will start on the 27th of December at Duindorp and Scheveningen. At Scheveningen fun children's activities and performances are organized for 4 days and there are various fireworks moments on New Year's Eve.
  • New Year's Dive - January 1, 2022
    There is nothing better than washing that awkward 2021 off by treating yourself with a refreshing dip in the North Sea. Traditionally on the first day of the new year. Ready? Let's go!
  • Irish Winter Songs O'Dreams in Concert - January 22, 2022
    In Podium aan Zee, O'Dreams pays tribute to beautiful Ireland with its famous musicians, literary heroes and strange boarders. Irish songs, exciting stories and a very personal insight into the soul of three passionate musicians.
Kurhaus Scheveningen

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The center of winter fun: the city center of The Hague

  • Royal Christmas Fair - 9 to 22 December 2021
    For the 7th time in a row, the Netherlands' largest Christmas market takes place. On the well-known and -especially in wintertime- enchanting Lange Voorhout. Crackling fires, more than 100 Christmas houses, the sky of light consisting of 100,000 LED lights: all ingredients are present this year to make it one big Christmas party.
  • Jazz en Route - December 11 and 12, 2021
    The winter season, jazz music and Noordeinde merge perfectly. Enjoy live music in the Royal Shopping District during Jazz en Route.
  • The Hague Highlights - 15 to 19 December 2021
    Lights out, spotlight on! The center of The Hague will be in the spotlights for three consecutive days in December. During The Hague Highlights, special stories of four special places in the city center are told through: -yes- light! You can walk along all the highlights in about 45 minutes. And while you're in town; end your walk at one of the many restaurants in the area.
  • Free Hop On Hop Off Coaches 10 to 12 December + 15 to 19 December
    Let yourself be transported in style during the cozy winter period with the free 'hop on hop off carriages' that ride through the city center between 1 pm and 5 pm. Stops can be found in front of Esscher's palace, the Kneuterdijk, the Grote Kerk and the Spui.
  • National Countdown Moment- December 31, 2021
    Back with a vengeance and therefore extra spectacular this year: the fireworks show on the Hofvijver on the last day of the year. From 10 p.m. to just before midnight, you will be warmed up by DJs and then head into 2022 with a bang.
  • The Hague Tower winter tour - Nov to Dec 2021
    You have to visit The Hague Tower while in The Hague. Climb the 288 steps, hear stories of the city and enjoy the view with countless lights. Every Thursday and Friday at 6:00 PM in November and December.
  • Kunstsnacks Museumkwartier - until 2 February 2021
    Museum Quarter The Hague organizes Kunstsnacks for families. A cultural treat on a Wednesday afternoon that, in addition to fun, gives your kids a lot of inspiration.
  • Beats and Bites Foodhallen - Nov to Dec 2021
    Enjoy every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening with drinks and snacks from many different cuisines. 
  • Special packing service - December 17 to 24, 2021
    Have you done Christmas shopping in the Spuistraat, Venestraat, Vlamingstraat or Wagenstraat? On presentation of the special HARW brochure, available for free at various entrepreneurs and catering establishments in the city center, you can have your Christmas shopping in the center of The Hague packed by real professionals for free.
  • Writers Unlimited Winternachten festival - 19 to 23 Jan 2022
    The motto of the 27th edition of Winternachten International Literature Festival is Whose House is This? With writers and artists such as Jeanette Winterson, Aafke Romeijn, Manon Uphoff, Laura van Dolron and others at locations throughout the city.
  • Chinese New Year - February 5, 2022
    There is no Dutch city where Chinese New Year is celebrated so exuberantly than in Chinatown. A Saturday full of fireworks, music, art, performances, Chinese delicacies and the traditional Chinese dragon and lion dance.
Hop On Hop Off Koets
Enjoy a free ride with the special Have a Royal Winter hop on and off carriages!

Even more winter fun

  • 'Sparkling festivities' Hilton The Hague - Nov to Dec 2021
    A string of sparkling festivities full of delicacies during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve.
  • Jazz En Route - December 10 to 12, 2021
    The winter season, jazz music and Noordeinde merge perfectly. Enjoy live music in the Royal Shopping District during Jazz En Route.
  • Rock a Rail - January 8, 2022
    Get astonished during this crazy snowboarding event in the middle of the Grote Markt.
  • Sniester Junior - January 9, 2022
    A very cool first indoor XXL edition of the Sniester: the music festival on the Grote Markt. A special for kids when everything is allowed. That's right, everything!
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Bijenkorf Den Haag
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Winter walks
Bijenkorf Den Haag
The holidays in The Hague
Bijenkorf Den Haag
Gifts from The Hague
Discover the Hague holiday package
Press Officer Stefan over zijn weidse kijk op een #zeevanruimte in Den Haag
Winter walks