Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands,

90 days of Winter Efteling

Winter warmth, crackling camp fires and thousands of lights

From Monday, 29 November 2010 until Sunday, 27 February 2011, Winter Efteling is open daily from 11.00 to 18.00 hours. During weekends and the Christmas holidays, the park is open until 20.00 hours. While Efteling is open 365 days a year, during these 90 days it is decked out in all its winter splendour. The fairytales and other attractions are decorated with fairy lights, while cosy camp fires and live entertainment provide a warm atmosphere during the bleak winter months. Exclusively during Winter Efteling, extra seasonal activities are also on offer, such as a indoor ice rink; Children’s Winter Wonderland with a real snow slide; and ‘t Hijgend Hert cross-country skiing course. 

Only during Winter Efteling

Almost all of the park’s attractions remain open during Winter Efteling, with the exception of the Python, Piraña and the boating lake. In addition, some attractions can only be visited during Winter Efteling: the indoor IJspaleis, where visitors can enjoy skating together; the cross-country skiing course, ‘t Hijgend Hert; and Children’s Winter Wonderland, where the kids can take turns on a real snow slide. In the Fairytale Forest, Mother Goat is dressed in her woollen skirts and Long Neck wears a scarf to protect himself against the frost. De Vliegende Hollander, Joris en de Draak, the swinging ship ‘Halve Maen’, Bobbaan and the old-timer track ‘D´Oude Tuffer’ are all open, except in freezing conditions. Winter Efteling is a truly heart-warming place with crackling camp fires and thousands of twinkling lights.

Live entertainment

Whilst ambling between enchanting fairytale settings, visitors come across cheery live entertainment, such as Pardoes and Pardijn or the well-known inhabitants of the Fairytale Forest. Young and old can enjoy the Grobbles’ shenanigans, whilst sipping a mug of hot chocolate or pea soup. The Efteling Musicians serenade guests with joyful music and the gospel choir ‘de Lichtpuntjes’ sing warm, soulful songs. Visitors might also like to take a sleigh ride through the park. At the exit, acrobats mesmerise visitors for the final time with breathtaking aerobatics beneath the entrance building’s roof.

Winter Efteling opening days and hours

From Monday, 29 November 2010 to Sunday 27 February 2011
Weekdays and spring holidays (19 to 27 Feb.): 11.00-18.00 hours
Weekends and Christmas holidays (18 Dec. to 2 Jan.): 11.00-20.00 hours
New Year’s Eve (31 Dec. 2010) and New Year’s Day (1 Jan. 2011): 11.00-18.00 hours


Efteling Theatre also enters into the winter spirit by staging the new musical, Kruimeltje. The musical is based on the book of the same name, by Chris van Abkoude, and tells the traditional Dutch story of a poor street urchin in search of his parents. In this heart-warming show, Eric Bouwman and Carmen Danen play Kruimeltje’s father and mother, Jeroen Phaff plays Grocer Wilkes and Sjoerd Pleijsier takes on the role of Commissioner. The 11-year-old Joes Brauers plays the mischievous Kruimeltje and the cast is completed by Kim Scheerder, Jennifer van Brenk and Marcel Jonker. The musical is suitable for children aged six and above and can be seen exclusively in the Efteling Theatre from 21 November.