Cold or not, getting out to sample culture is always worthwhile! Haarlem cultural institutions are organizing special activities so children can have a great time this winter. Discover the most fun and educational activities for children during the Christmas vacations.
Moby Dick, the Christmas musical
Erik van Muiswinkel joins as Captain Ahab in the brand new Christmas musical Moby Dick at the Stadsschouwburg. From December 22 '22 to January 5 '23, he plays a musical family show for everyone from 8 years and up, together with his daughter and Club Kenau. Visit the exciting story with humor, bizarre characters, with beautiful songs and a fairytale setting.
World star Hans Klok shines this year with a selection of top artists in Christmas Circus Haarlem in the Reinaldapark. It will be a grand family feast with clowns, tightrope walkers, children's friend Elephant Bubbles and much more! Visit the show from December 22 '22 to January 8 '23.
Skating at the Ice Rink
If skating on natural ice is not possible, no need to grieve: we always have IJsbaan Haarlem still! The ice rink will be open throughout the Christmas vacations. IJsbaan Haarlem has a 400 meter and a 30 x 60 meter rink. Both rinks are covered. There is a café-restaurant and, in addition, you can rent skates.
Christmas singing at the Veerplas
On Dec. 24, it's time again for Christmas singing at the Veerplas. With Christmas trees, lights, music, fire pits and other conviviality. This year singing and eating are combined. Christmas Singing at the Veerplas is fun for young and old!
Tracking and playing at Teylers Museum
During the Christmas vacations, use your creativity and follow in the footsteps of David Hockney. Learn all about Hockney's art by joining the scavenger hunt! Or participate in the workshop Playing with Mirrors. Here you will play with mirrors and make a colorful drawing.
Brick kids workshop
LEGO fans beware, because this vacation season you can build again at the LOCO Factory! The workshop is for children from 6 to 12 and is catered with lemonade, some goodies, a LOCO gift and a memento in the photobooth!
Dress up as a shooter
Will you come to the Frans Hals Museum (Hof location) during the Christmas vacations? Then dress up as an archer at the life-size print of a world-famous Frans Hals archer piece. Take a happy picture of yourself or each other!
Christmas in the crypt
Be enchanted in the underground crypt of the Dome Cathedral, because that's where Christmas is! Explore the alcoves with over 300 Christmas groups and magical Christmas villages in a beautifully decorated and atmospheric setting.
Winter Wonderparadise Haarlem
The Pancake Paradise has undergone a metamorphosis and will be Winter Wonderparadise Haarlem from December 2, '22 to January 8, '23. This year it is an extra large edition including an indoor skating rink, cozy Christmas stalls, live music and meet & greets with children's heroes!
Watch Christmas movies at Pathé
The best Christmas movies are available to watch at Pathé Haarlem. See Wil the Crocodile, Hotel Sinestra and The Nutcracker and the Magic Flute, among others. Did you know Pathé has new reclining seats? That way you'll be even more comfortable in the movie theater!
Celebrate Christmas vacations at the Barn
At the Barn you are in for a vacation with the best youth theater performances, exciting films and surprising workshops.
Tip: On January 8 you can end the Christmas vacations dancing at the children's disco!