Blog #4: November - What to do during Christmas Holiday
The December month is a joyous one. First we have Sinterklaas on December 5th and then we’re counting down the days until Christmas and New Year’s Eve. December is a dark month, but all of the twinkling lights make up for it. In short, we can’t wait until Christmas arrives. From December 21st up to and including January 5th, it’s Christmas holiday in Holland.
In the end, everyone is hoping for the same thing: a white Christmas. It’s something we’ve been hoping for a while now. The last time was nine years ago, so it’s about time. The Rottemeren covered in snow is an image you won’t forget quickly. The hiking trails stay the same, but might even be more fun. But there’s something else we’re all hoping for. Yes, I’m talking about the famous Elfstedentocht. The last one dates back to 1997. Twenty two years ago. We came close a couple times, but unfortunately it fell through. People in this region also hope for a lot of ice. Luckily the Rotte needs a lot less ice to be covered completely, which makes for a stunning image. A 400-meter ice rink at the Roerdomp and the Molentocht and a 10-kilometer lap that you can skate. That’s also been a while. A man can dream. And unfortunately, dreaming doesn’t really do us any good.
De Koornmolen is a lovely place to relax during the Christmas holidays. There’s plenty to do in the region where we don’t need to hope for a bit of ice. We’ve listed some of the activities below to make your stay at De Koornmolen even more enjoyable.
For anyone who can’t wait for iced lakes, Silverdome is an excellent alternative. You can do more than just skate at this indoor ice skating rink. There’s ice hockey, curling and many other activities. The rink has extended opening hours during the Christmas holidays.
17 minutes by car
Ice skating a lap around the age-old town hall of Gouda. In the middle of the large square, surrounded by cozy cafés and bars. This yearly event is very popular and above all, loads of fun.
20 minutes by car
Christmas Circus Ahoy
Because of the unique and constantly changing artist program, Christmas Circus Ahoy is surprising every year. The unmatched Kevin Richter, the pole-act by African Dream Troupe, clown Don Christian and Diana Vediashkina have been big announcements in the past.
29 minutes by car
Trains, snowed mountain tops, Christmas music, Christmas trees, moose and Christmas houses: you can’t avoid it. A trip to Intratuin Zevenhuizen is a great outing.
5 minutes by car
Rottemeren Walking Tour January 4th
Come and ring in the New Year by joining in the Rottemeren Walking Tour! We’re celebrating 75 years of freedom this year with military vehicles from World War II, field kitchens, exhibits and performances by the Band of Liberation and Paradise Bigband and many more.
2 minute walk (starting point Willem-Alexander Rowing Course)
Ice skating rink Rotterdam
The two indoor ice skating rinks are opened for a duration of three months during the year. The 400-meter indoor ice skating rink with official ISU-measurements is the place where young talent, ice skating clubs, athletic recreationists and competition skaters can skate around. The indoor fun course (1600 m2) is suitable for novice skaters, school skating, figure skating en curling. Rotterdam is an ice skating city once again! Please note: they only accept payments by card.
19 minutes by car
The Dark Days of Delft
During these Dark Days of Delft, the city is transformed into twinkle city where businesses do their best to create a magical vibe. It’s a true Delft tradition which opens on the second Tuesday of December with the magical Lichtjesavond and is closed in the first week of January after ringing in the New Year together.
30 minutes by car
Of course there’s plenty more to do in the area. You can go any way you want from De Koornmolen. That’s the great thing about our central location. We hope to see you soon! Book an accommodation here.