What is it? “Kerstmarkt” in the Dutch language means “Christmas market.” Such markets pop up all over the Netherlands during the Christmas season, offering a venue for local artisans and specialty shops to sell their wares while shoppers gather, enjoying traditional food, drink and entertainment.
Kerstmarkt in Holland, Michigan began with a dream at the Holland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). Holland has always been a very popular destination in the spring, summer and fall, and they wanted to find a way to encourage visitors to visit our award-winning downtown during one of the most beautiful seasons–Christmas.
Starting out with just 10 booths in Centennial Park in 1997, the Kerstmarkt is now set up at the 8th Street Market Place in front of the Civic Center. Sixteen booths are set up for three weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as the Saturday before Thanksgiving. On those Saturdays they share space with the Farmer’s Market. Check out the exact hours at Holland’s website: http://holland.org/events/18904-holiday-kerstmarkt.
So….bring your list and check it twice! This open-air European Christmas Market at the Eighth Street Market Place is an ideal place to shop for unique handcrafted gifts and enjoy authentic Dutch holiday treats!
Are you looking to re-locate? Holland, Michigan could be the place for you! There are so many great things to do in this area. From the beautiful beaches to the endless hiking trails to the great city of Grand Rapids, just minutes away, to downtown Holland, which offers amazing events like Kerstmarkt; this area is an amazing place to live! Check out some of the great homes for sale now at www.holland-homes.com and www.lakehomes4u.com or call Larry at 616-490-3078 to get more information.