Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below). The Magical Maastricht Christmas Market with its numerous market stalls, ice rink, and funfair rides won't take place in 2020 due to COVID-19 measures. But locals and visitors can get into the festive mood while walking along the Magical Light Route.
Magical Light Route (November 27–December 29, 2020)
The Magical Light Route 2020 aspires to be extra special. Maastricht has provided wider space for everyone, so you can take more time to discover the city and its holiday decorations at your own pace. From late November to the last week of December, the Magical Light Route will take festive walkers to the most impressive spots in the city. Landmarks will be adorned with Christmas lights, and all you have to do is to follow the illuminated route.
Maastricht Christmas Market (canceled in 2020)
Many stalls with all things Christmasy and numerous entertainment options, such as a Ferris wheel and ice skating—everything makes Maastricht market your Christmas holiday destination in Holland. The cozy streets are inviting, and the warm cafes radiate a kind atmosphere. What could be better?
The Maastricht Christmas Market is annually held at Vrijthof square from the end of November till the New Year. You can snack on bratwurst and glühwein and find all your Christmas presents at its numerous stalls and then continue shopping at the beautiful Jekerkwartier area. Maastricht Christmas Market is one of the top Christmas markets in the Netherlands.
The illuminated Ferris wheel will provide you with the stunning panorama of festive Vrijthof. The market features a beautiful outdoor ice rink that looks especially romantic at night. Listen to some Christmas-themed music as you glide through the rink or watch the skaters sipping a warm beverage at the cafe near the rink. Try some reibekuchen or poffertjes. Or add Schrobbelèr liqueur to your coffee for a true Maastricht Christmas Market experience. After spending some time outside, you can warm up in the idyllic alpine-inspired chalet or check out the beautiful Saint Servatius Basilica nearby to get into the Christmas spirit and experience its peace and tranquility.