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Stena Line 2013 Christmas Shopping Cruises

Stena Lines is inviting shoppers to Shop till you drop at one of Holland’s funkiest Christmas markets. And there are no luggage restrictions for car or dutchflyer passengers.

With the festive season fast approaching, Stena Line’s crossings between Harwich and Hook of Holland are ideal for travellers wanting to visit Holland’s Christmas markets. Canny Christmas shoppers can reach Holland’s more out-of-the-way markets, including a Christmas market in a cave, by car or by using Stena Line’s dutchflyer rail and sail service, which includes train travel from London Liverpool Street, ferry crossing and train travel on to the Dutch city of their choice.

The underground Christmas Market Velvet Cave in Valkenburg is perfect for shoppers looking for a market with wow-factor. Spacious, with all of the festive decorations and stalls you’d expect from a traditional Christmas market, visitors can also enjoy mural paintings, sculptures, the unique 18th century chapel inside the cave, buy old Dutch trade artefacts, and see Santa in this very original grotto. For visits between November 15 and December 23 2013, a two-night B&B winter package at the Parkhotel Valkenburg costs from 109 Euros per person and includes one three-course dinner and access to the on-site swimming pool and sauna.

Another option is the Winterland Maastricht Christmas Market when the cobbled streets around Vrijthof Square are rechristened Winterland for a few weeks – hosting a skating rink, a Ferris wheel and hundreds of traditional market stalls selling local sweets, handicrafts and all manner of festive treats. For a visit between November 30 and December 30 2013, a stay at the Design Hotel Maastricht costs from £72 for a double room per night.

Just a 45-minute drive from the Hook of Holland port, ferry travellers can enjoy Holland’s largest Christmas market at Dordrecht. For three days over Christmas, the whole of the historic city centre is decorated and the gardens of the Grote Kerk (Large Church) are transformed with Christmas trees and a manger. There are over 300 stalls and musical acts to entertain the crowds as well a traditional nativity scene. A visit between December 13 and 15 2013, staying at the at Apollo Hotel Papendrecht, costs from £86 per night for a double room including breakfast.

Stena Line operates twice-daily six-hour return crossings between Harwich and the Hook of Holland, starting from £59 per person one way from Harwich with a car. Fares for Stena Line’s dutchflyer rail and sail tickets start from £39 one-way, including Harwich-Hook of Holland crossing and onwards rail travel to any Dutch station.

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Date Published:
16th December 2013


David Betterton
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