Welcome to Kerststad Valkenburg

European City of Christmas 2018

European City of Christmas 2018!

The rumour goes that Santa actually comes from Valkenburg aan de Geul…You see, as days get shorter, Valkenburg – in the ever so enchanting Heuvelland region – transforms into a cosy and delightful Christmas town. From 16 November until 6 January the small town of Valkenburg, situated on the river Geul in Zuid-Limburg, turns into ‘Kerststad Valkenburg’. Many times Valkenburg was listed in CNN’s Top of the best places in the world to spend Christmas. And in 2018 Valkenburg can call itself European City of Christmas. In Valkenburg – immersed in a magical atmosphere, with a paradise of twinkling lights and beautifully decorated Christmas trees – you see, smell, hear and taste Christmas in everything and there are numerous things to do!


Underground and aboveground

Underground, you can visit the unique Christmas markets in the Gemeentegrot (Municipal Cave) and Fluweelengrot (Velvet Cave). Be amazed at Mergelrijk, where dozens of informative stories about marlstone and caves are told, set against a Christmas backdrop, with beautiful marlstone sculptures, works of art, films and interactive tablets. In Winter Wonderland, at the Wilhelminagrot (Wilhelmina Cave), you can be amazed by beautifull sandsculptures by artist form all over the world. Be sure to be back above ground in time to watch the fascinating Christmas Parade with its illuminated floats and beautifully costumed dancers and enjoy a stroll through Santa’s Village. Having an appetite? The culinary walking tour ‘Route d’Amuse’ takes you to the best restaurants of Valkenburg.

No wonder that Valkenburg is the number one Christmas town of The Netherlands!





Underground in Kerststad Valkenburg

Aboveground in Kerststad Valkenburg

Tickets for the best Christmas events

Purchase your tickets for various Christmas festivities like Christmas concerts, Christmas markets etc. quickly, safely and easily online.

Book your Christmas tickets now via Tickli

Experience Christmas in Zuid-Limburg

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