Winter at Efteling

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Efteling winterAlthough Efteling is the third largest theme park in Europe, many Brits have still never heard of it.

Founded 63 years ago, Efteling is home to the Europe’s largest water show, Aquanura, which is set to music, fire and lights but from mid-November until end of January, Efteling is transformed into ‘Winter Efteling’ with thousands of twinkling lights, crackling bonfires, hot chocolate and hot toddy stalls and winter attractions including an ice skating rink, cross country skiing and a snow slide!

Efteling was designed as a fairy tale and during winter it is as close to a pantomime as many Dutch will get. The “people” in Fairytale Forest are wrapped up nice and warm. Long Neck and Big Mouth are dressed in their winter outfits and Little Red Riding Hood is wearing her warmest winter coat. As evening falls, two attractions take on an entirely different appearance, as impressive illusions bring the walls to life. At the Efteling Theater, the fairytale musical Pinocchio can be seen throughout the winter months.

Special winter attractions form an important part of Winter Efteling. The indoor ice palace has a 384-square-metre outdoor ice rink, which is connected to the traditional indoor skating rink via an entrance and exit for visitors to skate in and out. You can toboggan down a real snow slide, cross-country ski through traditional Dutch surroundings or huddle up together around a crackling bonfire.

Earlier, I mentioned the  Aquanurawater show. This 12-minute musical extravaganza on the lake features more than 200 fountains, which depict Fata Morgana, Monsieur Cannibale and George and the Dragon with the help of music, fire and light all enhanced by the use of carefully designed lighting at night.

After 120 million people have visited Eftelung since it opened, many more will swell those numbers over the winter months as it is open every day, yes – even Christmas Day. As we have good regional airport connections to Amsterdam, Eftelung is a theme park that more and more visitors are taking their children to as it is just 90 minutes from Amsterdam. If you take a ferry to Belgium then it will be about a four hour drive from there.


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