Holidays & Celebrations

Ready to celebrate your new life in the Netherlands? What better way to get to know your new home than experiencing the holidays and celebrations in the Netherlands. Whatever party you’re looking for, you’ll find it in our expert guides on everything from local Christmas traditions to Dutch public holidays.

Liberation Day Netherlands

Remembrance Day and Liberation Day in the Netherlands

We explain the history and significance of Remembrance Day and Liberation Day in the Netherlands, which fall each year on 4 and 5 May.

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Dutch holidays

Dutch public holidays: important dates in 2024 and 2025

Here are the Dutch public holidays you need to know in 2024 and 2025, as well as other important dates to make a note of on your calendar.

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Koningsdag

Koningsdag: a guide to King’s Day in the Netherlands

Got some orange in your wardrobe? You’ll fit right in with the Dutch when they celebrate the ever-lively Koningsdag.

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Netherlands festivals

The top festivals in the Netherlands 2023

The Netherlands’ festivals celebrate everything from life to tulips to music festivals, with glorious Dutch celebrations to experience. This guide gives you a taste of the top Dutch festivals to see, including the best festivals in Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam Pride

The complete guide to Pride Amsterdam

Prepare to wear your brightest colors and celebrate diversity. From boat parties to exhibitions, here’s what to expect at Amsterdam Pride.

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sinterklaas

Celebrating Sinterklaas in the Netherlands

Step into the world of Sinterklaas and uncover the magic that fills Dutch people’s hearts during the first days of December.

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Dutch Christmas

Dutch Christmas traditions

Your ultimate guide to a jolly Dutch Christmas: here we explain Dutch Christmas traditions, Dutch Christmas songs, winter activities and all the Dutch Christmas food to try during Christmas in the Netherlands.

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Christmas markets Netherlands

The best Christmas markets in the Netherlands

Christmas is a magical time wherever you are. With its glorious Christmas markets, the Netherlands is no exception.

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Dutch school holidays

School holidays in the Netherlands: 2023 and 2024

Need to know when your child is off school? Here are the 2022 and 2023 dates for Dutch school holidays to help you out.

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