In the old tradition of annual fairs, the Wintermarkt is full of activities and music: a fireblower, magician, falconer, farrier, horn blower, storytellers, painters and much more. Children learn, among other things, archery, rope making, felting, and stilts and baking cakes. Actors talk about their lives in the time of Dickens. There is something to see or do everywhere. There is mulled wine and hot chocolate. The cafes and restaurants in the streets have prepared special dishes. In the streets of the Hofkwartier there are continuous performances by various musicians and choirs. The brothers of St. John in the Wilibrordushuis on the Oude Molstraat give guided tours and show how they brew their award-winning beer in their small brewery. In the Schuilkerk at the Juffouw Idastraat vespers are sung in the afternoon.
Craftsmen and Dickens figures
During the atmospheric winter edition of the Home Made Market, dozens of craftsmen present their craftsmanship and revive old crafts. Artists and actors dressed as Dickens figures entertain the audience with performances. Just tired of the spectacle and strolling along the stalls? Then puff off nicely at a fire with a glass of mulled wine, a portion of sneer or a tasty oliebol!
Shopping at the Home Made Market
Save yourself at one of the many stalls with nice presents, fashion, accessories, trinkets and delicacies. Here you will find handmade or unique items, special gadgets, homemade snacks and products from small-scale entrepreneurs. The market full of great presents, trinkets and delicacies continues into the atmospheric medieval streets of the Hofkwartier.
The Hofkwartier is the historic center of The Hague around Noordeinde Palace. Be surprised by the wide range of special shops, cafes and restaurants in the charming winding streets. Or stroll along the chic promenades and explore the exclusive business. You can take a rest in the leafy Palace garden. When you are rested, you can search for historical treasures, such as the monastery in Oude Molstraat.
The Hofkwartier is easily accessible by car, bicycle and public transport. Several parking garages are located within walking distance of this historic part of The Hague. From the two major stations of The Hague, Central Station and Hollands Spoor, various trams and buses travel to The Hague city center. From The Hague CS you walk in about fifteen minutes to the beautiful Hofkwartier.