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The entire city centre will be under the spell of the festive season, offering everything from cosy Christmas markets and exquisite Christmas concerts to winter theatre productions and special exhibitions in one of the many Maastricht museums.

Come light a shining candle in the Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek (Basilica of Our Lady) or tell your Christmas wish to the shining stars above the Sint Servaasbasiliek (Basilica of St. Servatius).

Let Maastricht Underground introduce you to the subterranean cultural treasures and listen to captivating Christmas stories during the Christmas holidays. Or take an unforgettable cruise down the Meuse River and enjoy the delightful view of Maastricht from the water.

Shop till you drop during the extended shopping hours and then catch your breath in one of the magnificent hotels, charming cafés, and delicious restaurants

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How to say "Merry Christmas" in Dutch:Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeest

Local dishes: Steak, chicken and fish, along with filling soups and stews, are staple fare in the Netherlands. Specialities include gerookte paling (smoked eel) and broodje makreel (mackerel in a roll).

Funny fact: A national campaign against swearing has started in Holland. Railway stations have started to display signs that say: "Missed your train? Cursing doesn't help!"
Amsterdam may not have a Christmas Market...but it does have..

Winter Magic Amsterdam
Neighbourhood: Canals
Open:
08 Dec 2011 - 08 Jan 2012

The spectacle of light and water takes centre stage during Winter Magic Amsterdam, which takes place from 8 December through 8 January. In addition to the highlights described below, the Amsterdam museums organise various activities and classical church performances can be enjoyed every Thursday in the churches Westerkerk, Zuiderkerk, the Portuguese Synagogue and the Oude Kerk.

Programme:
08.12 Grand Opening – Turn on Amsterdam
The Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge*) and the Boulevard of Light will be switched on and lit up first to mark the start of the Winter Magic month.

08.12 – 08.01 Boulevard of Light
All of the major buildings along the Amstel between Hotel De l'Europe and Amstel Hotel will be illuminated, along with the bridges and the sluice. Light-art objects are to be displayed in the city.

08.12 – 08.01 Illumination
Light-art objects from home and abroad by both famous as well as young artists. There will be a walking route along the Amstel.

08.12 – 08.01 Amstel Lights
Daily encounter of beautifully illuminated round-trip boats and salon boats on the Amstel. The boats are to sail one after the other along the Mile of Light.

Weekly on Thursdays - Candlelit Concerts
Four large concerts in the Westerkerk (church), Portuguese Synagogue, Dominican Church and Old Church.

11.12 Concours d' Elegance
Historical salon ships; members of the preservation association, sailing in a parade with crews dressed up in historical clothing.

17.12 Christmas Canal Parade
Festive parade on the Prinsengracht and Amstel with 40 boats, 20 of them are decorated.

08.01 Best Wishes Tour
750 – 1000 volunteers from Amsterdam are the special guests raising a glass in celebration of the New Year.

For more information please visit the Winter Magic website.

Contact information
www.wintermagicamsterdam.com
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