Best Places to Spend Christmas
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Why Go: The legend of Santa Claus (or Sinterklaas) is strong in the Dutch capital, where 16th- and 17th-century houses are strung with lights in early December. Consider lingering through New Year’s Eve for champagne and fireworks in the Nieuwmarkt or Dam squares.
Where to Stay: Three 17th-century merchant’s residences make up the Canal House ($$), located on the bustling Keizersgracht waterway.
Don’t Miss: Join locals as they trade their bicycles for noren (long-bladed ice skates) and tour the city’s outdoor rinks.