4. From Amsterdam: Day Trip to Valkenburg Christmas Market
Get into the Christmas spirit with a trip to Valkenburg Christmas market. Hop on the bus in Amsterdam, and enjoy the ride to the southeastern Dutch city. Jump off near the center, and spend 9 hours exploring the city. At the end of the day, get back on the bus and drive back to Amsterdam. Begin by meeting your driver early in the morning in Amsterdam. Hop on your coach, set off on your journey, and enjoy the views. Disembark in Valkenburg's center, take in the city's many twinkling Christmas lights, and head out on your adventure. Head to the Municipal Caves where the Christmas market is located, and buy an entrance ticket online. Stroll through the cave corridors and marvel at the cave stone festively lit with lights. Look at the different stalls selling Christmas gifts. Treat yourself to a traditional snack or mulled wine. Head overground and visit Santa's Village. See more handmade arts and crafts and do more Christmas shopping. Pay a visit to Santa himself, and let your inner child come alive as you share your Christmas wishes with him. If you have timed your trip right, get to see the Valkenburg Christmas parade. Go on a ride down Valkenburg's famous toboggan ride. Whiz down the 325-meter-long slide and see how fast you can go. Finally, visit the city's most popular cave, the Mergelrijk, and see the life-sized statue of the painting the Night Watch. Get on the bus in the evening and drive back to Amsterdam.