From 15th November 2019 to 5th January 2020
Christmas Town Valkenburg / Kerststad Valkenburg
The rumour goes that Santa actually comes from Valkenburg aan de Geul…You see, as days get shorter, Valkenburg – in the ever so enchanting Heuvelland region in de Southern part of the Netherlands – transforms into a cosy and delightful Christmas town. From 15 November until 5 January the small town of Valkenburg, situated on the river Geul in Zuid-Limburg, turns into ‘Kerststad Valkenburg’. In 2019 Valkenburg can call itself European City of Christmas. In Valkenburg – immersed in a magical atmosphere, with a paradise of twinkling lights and beautifully decorated Christmas trees – you see, smell, hear and taste Christmas in everything and there are numerous things to do!
Underground and aboveground
Underground, you can visit the unique Christmas markets in the Gemeentegrot (Municipal Cave) and Fluweelengrot (Velvet Cave). Be amazed at Mergelrijk, where dozens of informative stories about marlstone and caves are told, set against a Christmas backdrop, with beautiful marlstone sculptures, works of art, films and interactive tablets. In Winter Wonderland, at the Wilhelminagrot (Wilhelmina Cave), you can be amazed by beautifull sandsculptures by artist form all over the world. Be sure to be back above ground in time to watch the fascinating Christmas Parade with its illuminated floats and beautifully costumed dancers and enjoy a stroll through Santa’s Village. Having an appetite? The culinary walking tour ‘Route d’Amuse’ takes you to the best restaurants of Valkenburg.
No wonder that Valkenburg is the number one Christmas town of The Netherlands!
CHRISTMAS MARKET MUNICIPAL CAVE
The Gemeentegrot (Municipal Cave) is the largest, oldest and most frequently visited underground Christmas market in Europe. Be amazed by the remarkable displays and decorations, which are in complete harmony with the stalls, offering a large range of beautiful Christmas items and gifts. The long and spacious corridors, that characterize this cave, invite you to while away the hours.
CHRISTMAS MARKET VELVET CAVE
From november 15th until december 29th 2019 the ‘Fluweelengrot’ – situated at the Daalhemerweg 27 in Valkenburg a/d Geul – will be transferred into the unique, atmospheric, and internationally renowned ‘Kerstmarkt Fluweelengrot’ (Christmas Market Velvet Cave). In this age-old, captivating environment, you will find many festive stalls, which offer Christmas and gift items to suit all tastes. Come and see the magic!
CHRISTMAS MINIATURES AT MERGELRIJK
Visit the MergelRijk cave this year to admire the countless Christmas wonders. Soak up the details, the hundreds of tiny houses, the moving attractions, and the thousands of figurines and Christmas trees. The festively lit cave with its enchanting Christmas decorations and stunning marl statues also tells fascinating stories about caves and marl. Everyone can make their own marl souvenir in the cave
CHRISTMAS IN WINTER WONDERLAND
Visit the Wilhelmina Cave and discover the magnificent sculptures created by artists from around the world. The fairytale ambiance continues on our magically lit cable car, guaranteeing a romantic trip to ‘Brasserie de Wilhelminatoren’. Here, you can enjoy breath-taking views
LET THE CHRISTMAS PARADE ENCHANT YOU
The annual ‘Christmas Fairytales’ parade features beautifully lit floats and dancers in breath-taking costumes. During the period of Christmas, the parade will make two appearances a week in
the centre of Valkenburg. You can enjoy the entire 25- minute parade from the same spot.
Walk through the beautiful town of Valkenburg on the river geul, and indulge yourself with ‘amuse-bouches’ on your way. From November 15 until January 5, there is a choice of several different routes, that you can walk daily between noon and 6 PM.
For additional information, visit our website www.kerststadvalkenburg.nl
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