Weekend Guide 13, 14 & 15 November
Sinterklaas is coming to town this weekend, so if you’re planning on visiting Rotterdam or The Hague this weekend, make sure you catch a glimpse! There’s also plenty of other options to get into the mood for the winter with a Christmas Market in Rotterdam and the opening of the ice-skating track in Scheveningen. I’m curious what you plan on doing, so let me know where you are up to on Facebook. Have fun!
Things to do in Rotterdam and The Hague
Want to get in the mood for the holiday season? Check out the Norwegian Christmas Market this weekend in Rotterdam. Try the delicious Smørrebrød and score that awesome Norwegian winter sweater!
The International Whisky Festival is a three day event this weekend inside the Grote Kerk in The Hague. Taste the wide variety of drams that are available at this festival. You can enjoy the tasting of all the different flavors in a relaxed environment with live music and finger food or visit one of the workshops.
Your mini is probably jumping around the house for several days now and counting the days until Saturday when Sinterklaas is arriving from Spain again. You can see the spectacular arrival with a lot of candy and songs in both Rotterdam and Scheveningen. And don’t forget to visit the great ginger nut shops of Van Delft for very tasteful ginger nuts in 50 flavors!
After the big success in Amsterdam you can enjoy the virtual reality pop-up cinema Saturday evening at the Pier in Scheveningen. Forget the big screen, cinema seats and noisy neighbors and experience your own 360 virtual reality. Each movie takes about 30 minutes and there are plenty of nice bars and restaurants to enjoy after your new movie experience.
Sunday marks the start of the ice skating season in Scheveningen that will be open up to and including January 17th. At the 600 m2 track you can practice your skills and tricks. You can find the track in front of the Kurhaus hotel and after skating you can warm up with a hot choc or glühwein. It makes for a great activity with your minis or a combi visit with the Pier or cinema.
Museum tips for Rotterdam and The Hague
Do you like street art as well? The major exhibition on the life and work of influential American artist and activist Keith Haring at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam is a must see. Keith Haring, a protégé of Andy Warhol, was inspired by graffiti, comic strips, music, dance, fine art and popular culture. However Haring was criticized for the commercialization of his own work on T-shirts, badges or stickers it was an integral part of his philosophy that ‘Art is for Everyone’ and makes his work very well-known.
Go and visit the Ode to Dutch fashion exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. Famous names like Viktor & Rolf, Iris van Herpen and Jan Taminiau have placed the Netherlands firmly on the map as a country of idiosyncratic fashion talent. This fashion exhibition will feature over a hundred creations from the history of fashion in the Netherlands from 1900 onward. Don’t miss the famous dazzling blue dress – a Jan Taminiau design – Queen Maxima wore at King Willem-Alexander’s coronatio.
The Temporary Fashion Museum opened an exhibition inside the Nieuwe Instituut focused on the structures and strategies of fashion. Including a selection of temporary fashion and the history of Dutch fashion. What are designers working on nowadays? What issues influence temporary fashion? And above all, what is the roll of consumers within the global fashion system. This exhibition is showing fashion from an extraordinary perspective.
Only 10 weeks until Christmas and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague presents the best exhibition to find some inspiration for your dinner table! Fine dining is not only operating via the taste buds, the visual appeal of the food presented on the plates and table settings are very important too. This exhibition provides an insight in four centuries of formal dining table settings among the Dutch wealthy elite. Think of beautiful crystal, silverwork, table linen and porcelain. Are you ready for cosy winter evenings with nice table settings?!