Winter Wonder Weeks


In wintertime beautifully illuminated with fairy-like trees, small lights alongside the bridges, garlands in the streets and a large Christmas tree in mid-centre make a pleasant atmosphere. A floating Christmas-fair next to an equally floating, striking ice ring with music, hot chocolate and Dutch green pea soup make up for a lively hustle and bustle. Leiden is a safe town, without tourist traps and above all: everything can be visited by foot, the centre is accessible, small scale, and with its canals and monuments a typical example of the Dutch wealth of the 17th century.

Lights Parade December 16


The start of the Winter Wonder Weeks (Winter Wonder Weken) will be marked by that magical moment when the lights of the festive holiday season decorations are switched on in the city centre. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy this festive moment at the Nieuwe Rijn.

Ice-skating rink Dec 9 - Jan 8

drijvende_ijsbaan_op_de_nieuwe_rijn_in_de_kerstvakantie_30122014_073.jpgExperience a wintry fairytale beneath the Christmas lights that shine on the large ice rink in Leiden’s city centre. Join in the fun on the ice-skating rink situated on the Nieuwe Rijn. From 9 December, the wonderful ice rink in the heart of Leiden’s historical city centre will be open to all. When you’re done skating, pop into the city centre for a spot of shopping or a nice hot drink. Or even better, visit the only floating Christmas market in the country (which happens to be situated right next to the ice rink!). The entry fee of will allow you to skate the entire day! Forgot to bring your skates? No problem! Rent a pair at the ice-skating rink.

Nostalgic carnival - December 16 - January 8

This fair is full of beautiful nostalgic attractions for children. There is always something to do for young and old.

Joris' Christmas Tree - December 16-28

New: Joris' Christmas tree for the first time in Leiden! From December 16-28, you can admire the giant Christmas tree at the Beestemarkt. In the tree you can hang a special message for a loved one during the holidays.

Special openings in December - Winter Wonder Weeks

Open on Sunday (12.00-17.00)
November 27
December 4
December 11
December 18
Monday Dec 26 (Area Nieuwe Rijn: Christmas market and ice rank)

Extra shopping nights (until 21.00)
Fri December 16
Fri December 23

Open until 17.00
Mon december 5 (Sinterklaas)
Sat december 24 (Christmas)
Sat December 31 (New Year's Eve)

For more information about the Winter Wonder Weken contact:

Centrummanagement Leiden
T: 071-5140435