Celebrate the Winter Season at Dutch Theme Parks


As the days grow shorter and the air becomes crisper, the holiday spirit comes alive in the Netherlands. One of the most enchanting ways to embrace the winter season is by visiting theme parks transformed into magical wonderlands. In this article, we'll take you on a journey through some of the best Dutch theme parks that celebrate the winter season, providing everything you need to know to plan your trip.


  1. Winter Efteling - A Timeless Tradition:

Efteling, known for its enchanting atmosphere and captivating attractions, has been celebrating the holiday season since 1999. Over the years, it has become one of the most popular winter events in the park calendar. Winter Efteling welcomes visitors with special decorations, entertainment, dazzling lights, delectable snacks, and unique souvenirs.

In 2023, Efteling has announced exciting new additions, including enchanting snow globes for perfect photo opportunities, a larger ice rink, and even a Dreamflight Christmas sweater as a souvenir. The park's iconic attractions are open, with just a few undergoing maintenance. Don't forget to check out the beautifully lit park and enjoy additional shows featuring characters like Mister and Misses Time, Pinocchio, and Fairy Fee.

Winter Efteling runs from the 13th of November to the 4th of February, with ticket prices varying depending on the date of your visit. You can find a crowd calendar on Efteling's website, helping you choose the best day to experience the magic. Additionally, Efteling hosts a special New Year's celebration on the 31st of December, so be sure to mark your calendar.

    1. Safari Park Beekse Bergen - A Luminous Adventure:

    For a unique winter experience, head to Safari Park Beekse Bergen, located close to Efteling. This year, the park has prepared a special winter event that promises to enchant visitors. The park will be adorned with 3,000 light sculptures featuring animals and plants, creating a magical illuminated route through the park. Additionally, a winter square with delicious food, beverages, and a skating rink awaits your visit.

    While we await firsthand footage of this event, the promotional images are promising, and we can't wait to share our impressions after we've visited. This nighttime event runs from the 7th of December to the 25th of February, open from Thursday to Sunday. During school breaks (23rd December to 7th January and 10th to 25th February), you can enjoy the event every night. Tickets for children are priced at 16 euros, while adults can enter for 19.50 euros. Consider combining your visit with day tickets for the safari park to save on admission.

        1. Toverland - Winter Feelings Returns:

        Toverland is no stranger to winter celebrations, and this year marks the second edition of their Winter Feelings event. During this period, the park is adorned with special decorations and offers additional entertainment, including ice skating and curling, a slide, and winter-themed shows. The day concludes with singers and a captivating show.


        Winter Feelings at Toverland runs from the 25th of November to the 14th of January. When purchasing tickets in advance through the website, children's tickets are priced at 31 euros, while adults can enjoy the festivities for 38 euros. Please note that last-minute ticket purchases incur an additional 7 euros.

        1. Walibi - Bright Nights to Remember:

        Walibi joins the winter festivities with its Bright Nights event. Like other theme parks, they illuminate their attractions and offer special activities, including a snowplow area, laser games, speed tree decorations, Santa's workshop, and interactive lighting. While not all rides are available during this event, a visit to the park is still filled with festive spirit.


        Bright Nights at Walibi is exclusively available during the Christmas vacation, from the 23rd of December to the 7th of January. Tickets are priced at 24 euros when booked in advance.


        1. Winter Slagharen - Where Santa Meets Fun:

        At Winter Slagharen, Santa Claus makes an early appearance from the 4th of November, bringing extra Christmas decorations and entertainment. The park also features a skating rink and winter-themed shows. A unique offering at Slagharen is Aqua Mexicana, the tropical pool, which opens at noon, allowing guests to warm up in a bubble bath during the day.


        Winter Slagharen can be visited on Saturdays and Sundays from the 4th of November until the 24th of December. During the Christmas vacation, from the 23rd of December to the 7th of January 2024, the park is open daily. Tickets vary from 18.50 to 20.50 euros when purchased online.


        With a variety of enchanting winter events at Dutch theme parks, there's no shortage of holiday magic to enjoy. Whether you choose the timeless tradition of Winter Efteling, the luminous adventure at Safari Park Beekse Bergen, the return of Winter Feelings at Toverland, the Bright Nights at Walibi, or the festive atmosphere of Winter Slagharen, you're sure to create unforgettable memories during the holiday season. So, gather your loved ones and embark on a winter journey through these magical parks, and don't forget to share your experiences with others to help them make their choice. Happy holidays!