Experience Dutch Traditions in Pella

Downtown Pella dresses up in its Christmas finest this time of year. Attractions include the new outdoor Dutch Christmas Market (Dec. 1-3) and a holiday home tour. Plus, there’s great shopping downtown. Photo: Visit Pella.

Steel drum concerts at Central College, holiday home tours, the arrival of Sinterklaas, and of course shopping for those famous Dutch letters at Jaarsma Bakery are well-rooted traditions during the Christmas season in Pella.

The town of about 10,000 is celebrating its second year of Kerstmarkt—Pella’s Dutch Christmas market. Inspired by outdoor markets in the Netherlands, the event (Dec. 1-3 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) showcases artisan vendors, Dutch foods and beverages (including martinis), and live music. It’s being held at Molengracht Plaza.

While in town, be sure to check out the other activities, including the annual holiday tour of homes, festival of trees, and downtown shopping. Click here for a complete list of events.

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