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. 2-4) 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.

But the town of about 10,000 is celebrating a new tradition this year, Kerstmarkt—Pella’s Dutch Christmas market. 
Inspired by outdoor markets in the Netherlands, the event (Dec. 2-4 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) showcases food such as decorated cookies and gouda from Frisian Farms cheese, plus crafts and home decor. It’s being held at Molengracht Plaza.

While in town, be sure to check out the other activities, including the 58th annual holiday tour of homes, festival of trees, and downtown shopping.

Families won’t want to miss “Elf the Musical,” held Dec. 3 at Pella Community Center’s Kuyper Theater. Go online for a complete list of all the action.

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