Living the Dutch life - January

Planning the New Year

Cool Event Scheveningen

Visit Cool Event Scheveningen for the ultimate winter experience. The Hague’s beach resort will be transformed into a winter wonderland with all kinds of fun activities up until 21 January. On the boulevard next to the Pier you will find a 30-metre long ice slide as well as a covered ice skating rink in front of the Kurhaus Hotel. In the Ice Expo tent beautiful ice sculptures can be admired within the theme ‘200 years of Scheveningen’. Afterwards you can enjoy an ice cold drink at the ice bar with chairs and glasses made of ice! Or if you’d rather prefer something warm there are plenty of cafés around that offer special menus or just a mug of hot chocolate.

Holiday Fair Ultrecht

Experience a mini holiday without leaving the country at the Holiday Fair in Utrecht from 10 until 14 January. Gain ideas and be inspired for your next holiday trip during grey January! The fair will provide information about all kinds of travel and destinations worldwide or close to home. There are also many activities and things to experience, such as workshops, a virtual reality-street and a green picnic area. As of this year the fair will introduce a new concept on Saturday, the Night at the Holiday Fair, with longer opening hours.

Amsterdam Hotel Night

Locals of Amsterdam – it’s your turn to feel like a tourist! During the Amsterdam Hotel Night on 13 and 14 January registered residents of Amsterdam are offered an overnight stay at a reduced price in a local hotel to promote Amsterdam as a holiday destination. There will be a varied programme of culinary, creative and cultural events available to those who purchase a Hotel Night ticket. All but the discounted rooms, are available for purchase for those not residing in Amsterdam. Activities include canal tours, movie screenings and hip hotel parties.

Whisky Weekend Amsterdam

Let yourself be introduced into a world of whiskey during the Whiskey Weekend in Amsterdam on 19 and 20 January. In the beautiful Posthoornkerk (church) all kinds of whiskey brands and related products will be available to buy, with workshops and tasting sessions to follow. You do not necessarily have to be a whiskey expert to appreciate the event - stalls and the Scottish music can also be enjoyed.

National Tulip Day

Bring some spring into your home with the opening of the tulip season on National Tulip Day. A huge tulip picking garden at Amsterdam’s Dam Square, created by Dutch tulip growers, is the highlight of the event on 20 January. Every year thousands of people come to admire Holland’s trademark flower and pick a free bouquet on this day. The special theme for 2018 will be ‘Romantic’ and is also used for the coming season at Keukenhof, as flowers and romance are inextricably connected.

International Film Festival Rotterdam

Discover movies by new talents as well as established filmmakers from all across the world at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam from 24 January until 4 February. It is one of the largest public film events in the world and stands out for its focus on innovative and independent filmmakers. The festival will present a diverse selection of films, visual art exhibitions, live performances and networking events. To encourage young talented directors the best works will receive the VPRO Tiger Awards, the highlight of the event.

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