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The dark days of Delft

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The historic town of Delft is picture perfect every day, but at Christmas it is truly magical. Beautifully lit churches and monuments, Christmas lights reflecting in the canals and lots of other festive activities.

After more than twelve hours of working with a crane, it stands upright: the Christmas tree on the Markt. A Belgian Nordmann spruce with 15,000 lights in it. The lights are officially lit on Lichtjesavond. The start of the Dark Days of Delft, which run from December 10 to January 4.

Delft is warm and cozy, it shows even more than usual during this period.

Pascalle Slingerland is involved in the coordination on behalf of the De Burgemeesters. “Delft is warm and cozy, it shows even more than usual during this period. Lichtjesavond is the highlight. There are choirs everywhere, the mayor reads a Christmas story, there are children’s activities and you can buy gifts for under the Christmas tree on the Lichtjesmarkt.

Apart from that, people are active for charities or students improvise a mulled wine stall. Lichtjesavond in Delft is a celebration for visitors and residents alike.”

There is also plenty to do between December 10 and January 4. There is a skating rink on the TU campus. The local retailers show their best side during the Windows White Awards, a window display contest. And the annual Santa Run also attracts many visitors every year. Hundreds of runners dressed as Santa Claus sprint through the old center for charity. There are also many small initiatives such as the Christmas performance of theater company De Flits and the cheese fondue evenings at café-restaurant LEF.

Pascalle: “There are so many activities. Some are only known shortly in advance. We want to use less paper this year, so keep an eye on the app and the website. Also handy for: shopping, overnight stay, culture, going out, dining and drinking. While we are talking about sustainability. Pascalle is still looking for ideas to recycle the large Christmas tree after January 4, perhaps as an pine scent interior spray or as a special ingredient for beer brewing. You are welcome to submit your idea via the website. 

While we are talking about sustainability. Pascalle is still looking for ideas to recycle the large Christmas tree after January 4, perhaps as an pine scent interior spray or as a special ingredient for beer brewing. You are welcome to submit your idea via the website. 

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