Winter market in the historical Court Quarter (Hofkwartier) of The Hague! The atmospheric Dickens-style Christmas market will take place again this year around the Big Church (Grote Kerk): in Prinsestraat, Molstraat, Papestraat, Molenstraat and Annastraat you can find countless cosy stalls and wooden houses full of lovely gifts, fashion, accessories, trinkets and treats. The ideal opportunity to shop for unique Christmas gifts!
In the centuries old tradition of annual markets town centres, the Wintermarket Dickens style will be a hive of activity and music: a fire breather,a magician, a falconer, a blacksmith, a horn player, storytellers, painters and so much more. Children can develop their skills in e.g. archery, rope making, felting and pie making. Actors will tell about their lives in Dickens' days. On various locations, craftsmen demonstrate their traditional skills, like iron forgery and tin casting. All are in Dickens outfit. The market stalls, loaded with original Christmas Gifts, jewelry and trinkets, delicacies and glühwein reach into the little streets of the mediaeval Court Quarter, the area behind and around Palace Noordeinde. Everywhere, there is something to be seen or something to be done. Mulled wine, hot chocolate, savoury and sweet bites are all around. Cafés and restaurants have prepared special winter dishes. During the day several musical performers and choirs move from place to place to place in the Hofkwartier.
Shopping at the Winter Market
Seize your chance at one of the many stalls selling lovely gifts, fashion, accessories, trinkets and treats. You'll find handmade or unique items, unusual gadgets, homemade snacks and products from smallscale entrepreneurs here.
Craftsmen and Dickens characters During the atmospheric winter edition of the Home Made Market scores of craftsmen present their workmanship and bring old crafts to life. Artists and actors dressed as Dickens characters entertain the public with performances. Tired of the show and of wandering past the stalls? Then catch your breath beside a fire with a glass of glühwein, a bowl of pea soup or a tasty doughnut ball!
The neighbourhood where Marché Royal takes place is called Hofkwartier. The name Hofkwartier (Court Quarter) says it all. Beautiful streets with old bricks and gables capture the imagination and revive bygone times. In addition to admiring the architecture, enjoy the unique merchandise in this small district with plenty of allure. Although this luxury shopping street is also home to the working palace of King William Alexander, inhabitants of The Hague are familiar with chic Noordeinde primarily because of its characteristic fashion boutiques, galleries, antique and art stores. If you see a large car with an AA registration plate it means that Queen Maximá or her family are doing their 'own' shopping.
Getting there Hofkwartier is located in the city centre of The Hague, which is easily accessible by car and public transport. Car park Torengarage and City Parking are within walking distance of the Marché Royal. Those who prefer to take public transport can take a tram from The Hague Central Station. You will find yourself in the charming inner city in less than a five minutes.