Discover Benelux, Issue 72, December 2019

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Ten reasons we love the festive season in the Benelux TEXT: ANNA VILLELEGER

With its fairytale-like towns and charming traditions, not to mention the possibility of skating on a natural ice rink, the Benelux region transforms into a veritable winter wonderland in the run-up to Christmas and beyond. The region exudes a warm, cosy ambiance at this magical time of year, with markets, mulled wine and an array of gourmet delights. We step into Christmas with a countdown of our favourite Benelux festive traditions.

1. Natural ice skating When the temperatures drop below zero, there are lakes and canals across the Netherlands that freeze up enough to skate on. Skating fans keep a close eye on the weather forecast every winter, waiting to see if they’ll get the chance to head outdoors onto a natural rink. And if the canals don’t freeze this year, there are still plenty of rinks across the Benelux on which to practice your footwork. 92  |  Issue 72  |  December 2019

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