What to do with Easter in The Netherlands

Easter, one of the happiest weekends of the year.  Whether you’re going egg hunting with your friends or family, or for a big family meal, you will certainly have lots of fun! (Especially with our list of Dutch Easter Activities) Read this blog and you will know exactly what to do with Easter in The Netherlands. But first, we will tell you how Easter is celebrated here.
Alice van der Laan


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 Easter breakfast or brunch

Easter in The Netherlands is usually celebrated with family over Easter Sunday and Monday (eerste en tweede paasdag). Both days of Easter are public holidays in The Netherlands. On one of both days whole families get together for Easter breakfast or Easter brunch. This meal includes painted boiled eggs, fresh breads, croissants, rolls, cheese, different meats, ‘Paasstol’ (sweet bread) and more.  For children, painting the Easter eggs is their favourite part of Easter time. If the weather permits, the painted Easter eggs may be hid in the garden so that the whole family can take part in the hunt for them. After the Easter Egg Hunt, some families will sit to watch the Pope’s Easter speech. Others go to friends for one of the many Dutch Easter festivities. There is definitely enough to do with Easter in The Netherlands.

Easter Fire
On Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday or even Easter Monday, large fires are traditionally lit at dusk in parts of Northwestern Europe. In The Netherlands, this custom can be found in the provinces of Drenthe, Groningen, Gelderland, North Brabant and part of Overijssel. The fires are thought to chase away the darkness and winter. Fire is also the symbol of fertility: with ashes being scattered over meadows to fertilize the soil. Definitely something to check if you don’t know what to do with Easter in The Netherlands.

List of Dutch Easter activities

  1. Amsterdam: Enjoy Easter with your family and friends in park Frankendael. Come and taste home-made food and goodies on the market and the terraces with live music in a beautiful park in Amsterdam.

  1. The Hague: The traditional Easter market will take place this year on 27 and 28 March 2016, at ‘Het Lange Voorhout’ in The Hague. More than a hundred exhibitors present a wide range and a wide variety of products from clothing, vintage, jewellery, bags and CDs to artisanal refreshments, better food items, home and garden decorations and much more.

  1. Panningen: Panningen has for years been dominated by the mega Easter market. More than 400 market stalls (3 kilometers!) With all kinds of articles are set up in the city center. The mega Easter market in Panningen attracts more than 30,000 visitors annually.

  1. Paaspop Ziewent: Young and old also visit the festival and the Paasvuur, the three stages where 9 bands appear every evening and of course the festive closing on Easter Monday. Gelderland also celebrates Easter with no less than 3000 visitors who come to watch and listen to the performances of artists such as Anouk, Di-rect and Krezip.

  1. Albert Hein buitendag: Albert Heijn organizes the AH Buitendag on Monday 2 April (Easter Monday). Get a glimpse into the kitchen of local farmers, growers, market gardeners, bakeries and breweries; similarly in the province of Zuid-Holland. Everyone can see with their own eyes on this day where the local products come from and how they are made.

  1. Paleis Soestdijk: Spread over the palace gardens of Soestdijk Palace, many eggs are hidden away. Also this year can also be searched for golden eggs. In addition to searching for eggs, the Orangery can be used to your heart's content and children can be painted. There is a free treasure hunt ready and there will be a special performance.


With this list you will definitely know what to do in The Netherlands. We wish you a lot of fun during your Dutch Easter activities and please let us know if you enjoyed, or if you have any tips!


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