Finally, Christmas holidays are almost there. That time of the year where the most delicious meals are shared with family and friends, and where we look forward to the future when we enter a new year. Rotterdam’s Things To Do item that you usually read in every paper edition of EM, went – for this time – online with a Christmas Holiday special. Enjoy!

China Light Rotterdam

7th December 2012 – 14th February 2013

Though China Light Rotterdam is being held until mid-February next year, it might be worthwhile to pay it a visit during the dark days around Christmas. The event is meant to bring light into the darkness with state-of-the-art sculptures from which a Chinese dragon as long as 100 meters and a replica of the famous Temple of Heaven are perhaps the most fascinating ones. The event area is located at the park near Euromast.

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14th -23rd December

A Christmas fair in the heart of Rotterdam offering all kinds of Christmas-related decorations, but also fashion, fresh food products, drinks, and acts. The fair is located at Post Rotterdam – a former post office – which is being situated at Coolsingel.

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16th December

Looking for that small picture to finish Christmas decorations for the living room? Or maybe for a small Christmas present to surprise your parents when you head home for the holidays? You might find it at the indoor Kerstfair. Apart from authentic Christmas goods and mere gadgets, also culinary products related to Christmas are being prepared. The event will being held during the afternoon at the 16th. Entrance is free.

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Cinema Culinair: Estômago

16th December & 23rd December

During this evening event at the 16th, visual ánd taste experiences will be combined in order to dazzle the public at BIRD. While watching a movie, a chef prepares exactly the same dishes and drinks as those are being consumed in the movie at the screen. In order for the surprise effect to arise, the dishes are still being kept secret, but expect two appetizers, two main dishes, and a dessert. In short: a dinner and a night out to the movies, all in one.

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In Living Color

29th December

In living color it is! 29th of December, DJ’s not only mix music into a symbiosis of experiences, but also music videos! An audiovisual spectacle is meant to arise. Go back to the old days of Michael Jackson’s Motown to more contemporary music of the Def Jam label. One thing is for sure: the mix is soulful and will incorporate styles from soul, funk, and disco, to hiphop and R&B.

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New Year’s Eve

Important note: There’s no public transport operating after 20.00 on December 31st. Make sure you find an alternative way to arrive at your place of destination – and to find your way back home.

BIRD: Rotterdam Zoo

BIRD attracts a collection of party animals who are ready to celebrate new year’s eve  under the theme of ‘we’ve been around the world’. So grab that cosmopolitan-themed costume out of your wardrobe and make yourself ready to celebrate 2013! Among the acts announced yet are Thelonious, Deep Diggin’, Ron Wood, and Living Color – guiding you towards a new year.

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Full Moon Party

Jazzcafé decides to exchange the mass-scale of Nationale Nieuwjaarsnacht for a more small-scale, and intimate event. Among the acts invited to perform is the Foolmoonband. This ‘worldbeat’-band is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and has performed on some major stages and festivals all over The Netherlands during the past years.  DJ Lupo plans to add some African, Cuban, and Funk grooves to the party, guiding you towards 2013.

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Nachtduik Maassilo NYE

A music spectacle presenting a range of acts within one of the largest event halls in town: Maassilo. Major names are: Secret Cinema, Âme & Dixon, ROD, Adana Twins & Doctor Dru, Ben Klock & Marcel Dettmann, and Finnebassen.  The party goes on until the early hours of January 1st. Make sure to get your tickets in time as the organization might run out of tickets quite fast.

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Nationale Nieuwjaarsnacht

By far the largest event organized around town during new year’s eve. Attended by thousands of people and even broadcasted on national television, Nationale Nieuwjaarsnacht makes sure you won’t feel lonely this evening. Toast with your friends for an amazing 2013 and enjoy the largest fireworks show of the country. In addition, performances by national and international artists will ensure an amazing night out. This mass-event is held at Boompjeskade, around the Erasmusbridge.

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January 1st

This tip is only for those in good health condition! This is how Dutch dare-devils traditionally welcome the new year at January 1st. The basic idea is very simple. Put on your swimming-outfit, and dive into the ice-cold water of one of the events at lakes or sea-entries nearby. Events are held countrywide, but perhaps the biggest one is held at Scheveningen at exactly noon. There is also one organized at 3pm at Kralingse Plas in Rotterdam. If you catch a cold or get sick easily, this one might not be for you.

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Nieuwjaarsduik Kralingse Plas

Location: Kralingse Plas

Starts at: 3pm.

Nieuwjaarsduik Scheveningen

Location: Scheveningen Beach

Starts at: Noon.