About the Dordrecht Christmas market

Third day of the Kerstmarkt Dordrecht (Dordrecht Christmas Market) cancelled

Due to weather conditions the organization of the Kerstmarkt Dordrecht has had to decide to cancel the third and last day of the Dordrecht Christmas Market, Sunday December 15th.

The weather forecast for Sunday, December 15th, is comparable to that of today, Saturday, December 14th. As a result of high wind velocities the risk of unsafe situations is too high, both during build-up and during the event itself. This might lead to danger for visitors, inhabitants and traders on the market.

The organization and mayor Wouter Kolff have therefore jointly decided to cancel this year’s edition’s last day. On Friday, we already sadly had to cancel the second day, Saturday, for the same reasons. This decision was made after several different alternate options were debated. These, alas, offered no solution. To avoid unacceptable safety risks the organization has had to take this very sad and painful decision. The organization works hard all year in order to make this event possible. We understand and realize that this also a big disappointment for market traders, visitors and everyone else involved in the production of the Dordrecht Christmas Market.

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You no longer need to go to Cologne or Dusseldorf to visit a real and authentic Christmas market. Dordrecht’s Christmas market, with its 200 stalls, is the largest in The Netherlands and is known for its cosy atmosphere. The stalls have an extensive offer of attractive Christmas gifts which, accompanied by various delicious hot treats and live entertainment, leads for the perfect Christmas experience in the city centre of Dordrecht. The Christmas market has a route of 2,5km and leads you through the beautiful historic city centre and inland harbours. Points of interest are the medieval Minster, with an actual winter garden, the authentic Groenmarkt and Holland’s longest shopping street; the Voorstraat.


At the Christmas market Dordrecht, from 13, 14, 15 December 2019, a range of activities are planned to complete the Christmas atmosphere for the visitor. There are many singing choirs and bands that, at different locations and stages along the route, will provide you with live entertainment. There are two main stages where you can enjoy several performances, one located at the Vismarkt and one at the Stadhuisplein. The latter is also where the enchanting Christmas sing-a-long event takes place on Friday and Saturday evening. Moreover you can also run into the singing choirs and bands at different locations along the route.

Practical information

The Dordrecht Christmas market starts on Friday December 14th and ends Sunday December 16th. The easiest way to get to the Dordrecht Christmas market is by train. Dordrecht Central Station is situated on a 10 minute-walking distance from the Christmas market in the city centre. Trains run regularly from the south of The Netherlands (Roosendaal, Breda, Eindhoven) and the cities of Western Holland; Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam. 

By car it is the easiest to park at one of the free-park-and-ride sites, especially created for the Dordrecht Christmas market. Follow the signs from the freeways A15 and A16. From these parking lots a free shuttle service is available to take you into the city centre. 

Would you like to enjoy Dordrecht and the largest Christmas market of The Netherlands for a couple of days? Please check www.visitdordrecht.nl for the available accommodation facilities in Dordrecht. 

More Information?

Would you like to obtain more information about the Dordrecht Christmas Market? Either send an email to [email protected] or contact intree Dordrecht, the visitors centre of the city, by phone via +31(0)78 – 632 2440.