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Have a Royal Winter in Den Haag

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Winter is the most beautiful, warmest and coziest season in The Hague. You will experience the city by the sea at its best this winter. Plan a day at Scheveningen or Kijkduin because getting a breath of fresh air is always a good idea. Beat the sand out of your shoes and warm up at one of the many catering establishments on the renovated north boulevard or in the harbour. Your visit to The Hague is only complete with a walk through the beautifully lit city. There are several walking routes that allow you to experience The Hague like never before. In addition, you can do your December shopping here very well!

From the vast coastline to historic downtown, experience Royal Winter throughout The Hague!

Winter and the city center of The Hague: magically beautiful

The city center of The Hague is ready for the cozy winter months. With a battery of winter events, there is something to do every day.

  • Stroll with a warm Glühwein at the atmospheric Royal Christmas Fair on the Lange Voorhout.
  • Treat your eyes to a winter walk along the many light objects in the city or during the five-day light event The Hague Highlights.
  • You can enjoy swinging shopping during Jazz en Route in the various shopping streets around Noordeinde Palace.
  • On Friday December 16 you can shop extra long during the Royal Winter ShoppingNight with winter fashion shows on the stage on the Grote Marktstraat, musical performances and a lot of atmosphere on the street!

Make your winter this year complete by combining your visit to The Hague with a shopping round and round off with a snack at one of the many catering establishments. Have a Royal Winter!

Warm and enjoying winter at Scheveningen

Let yourself be taken into an atmospheric Scheveningen this year. At dusk, the entertainment is ready for you. Tour around in a carriage like a real royalty and let yourself be carried away by all the light objects and pop-up acts or enjoy huge illuminated kites, dance next to the ballerina in a snow globe and end the evening with the Human Discoball or Lucifer's Party Fire act during Magic Winter.

Looking for a fun indoor activity? Visit SEA LIFE, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Scheveningen, De Pier or Kerstland in Muzee. There's so much to do to experience the seaside resort that is fully shrouded in winter atmosphere: 

  • Spin the ice skating rink(s) of the Cool Event and enjoy unique ice sculptures by the sea.
  • You can experience the nicest and coziest weeks of the year in Madurodam during the Madurodam Winter Weeks
  • Perhaps the most romantic part of the sea: the marina. Come see beautifully lit boats.
  • The finest walking event in the dark and cozy winter month: Scheveningen Light Walk.
  • Attention game lovers: GameNight is held every Thursday at Foodhallen Scheveningen.

Are you ready for something more active? Then winter swimming might be something for you. Afterwards, you can warm up at one of the many catering establishments on the boulevard. Scheveningen is also a great place for shoppers. Dive into Keizerstraat, Badhuisstraat, Stevinstraat or Gentsestraat and shop at unique boutiques and specialty stores. While you're in the area, you can visit one of the great caterers on the Frederik Hendriklaan (Fred) or in the Belgian Park for Christmas dinner. And of course the Palace Promenade offers 365 days of indoor shopping by the sea.

Winter Wonder - Nieuw Kijkduin 

Winter Wonder will take place on Sunday 18 December at Deltaplein in New Kijkduin. Winter Wonder will be a day full of atmosphere and festive fun. You will experience an afternoon full of activities and delicious snacks from the various entrepreneurs. The cosy setting is complete with Christmas trees and beautiful lighting, a great afternoon guaranteed. During this Winter Wonder event, the public is asked to fill in Christmas wishes, this takes the form of a note in a Christmas ball. These baubles are hung in the tree, and in the new year, some wishes are chosen to be fulfilled. 

All information about Winter Wonder in New Kijkduin

Shop your gifts in The Hague

It doesn't matter whether you are looking for an original gift for Sinterklaas or a sweet present during Christmas. Even if you are looking for a gift for yourself, The Hague has many different nice shops. Spread all over the city, from Scheveningen to the historic city center and Kijkduin, you will find (gift) shops in all shapes and sizes. Boutiques, concept stores, small and large department stores and so on.

Extra fun: from December 15th, have your Christmas shopping in the center of The Hague (Spuistraat 38) packed completely free of charge by real professionals.

  • Friday, December 16, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 17, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 18: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, December 19 to Fri, December 23 noon to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 24 December 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Shopping in the winter

Entrepreneurs throughout The Hague will welcome you with open arms. During the holiday period there are adjusted opening hours and extra late night shopping.

Opening hours

How to reach The Hague in winter

Visit The Hague in winter by train! As soon as you get off at The Hague Central station, you will already feel like you are in a winter wonderland. Atmospheric lighting, beautiful Christmas trees and a sleigh in which you take the most beautiful selfies. Prevent parking stress and traffic jams by taking the train, tram or bus and travel comfortably and cheaply to your winter destination. Tip: also discover the The Hague Christmas tram.

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