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December- one of the busiest and most magical months of the year- is here! It's time for Sinterklaas, Christmas, and loads of other celebrations, but most of all, December is for spending time with your loved ones.

But hold up: before you head home for the holidays, we have some exciting events in the works. We've got a collaboration with the Grand Theatre and a poetry evening, as well as some tips for the most festive festivities in Grunn. 

#GRONINGENMADE
GIFT GUIDE

Still in need of Groningse gifts for grandma and your bestie back home? Before we close on December 22 (we reopen on January 8!), we are your one-stop-shop for local gifts. 

From black licorice in the shape of the Martini Tower to the famous vibrant posters of Groningen by local illustrator Anne Stalinski, there's something for everyone.

During the holiday season, we are open during the "koopavond" on Thursday nights from 18:00-21:00.
Drop by after work, and we will hook you up with the perfect presents! 

You can also do a bit of virtual pre-shopping by scrolling through our Instagram feed... 

The Grand Theatre has a prominent spot on the Grote Markt, but have you ever ventured inside to explore? Now’s your chance! In collaboration with the Grand Theatre, we are staging two insider events.   

On Thursday, December 5th, you will first attend “Circa's Peepshow,” put on by Australian contemporary circus company Circa. Afterward, you will meet Niek vom Bruch, the general manager of Grand Theatre, who will take you upstairs to the Bovenzaal for a conversation about the theatre’s history. 

If you’d rather get a glimpse behind-the-scenes, grab a ticket for Sunday, December 8th. Before “Circa’s Peepshow,” we will embark on an exclusive backstage tour starting at 19:30. 

Date and time: Thursday, December 5th from 20:30 – 23:00 & Sunday, December 8th from 19:30 – 22:30 
Cost:  €18 (regular) or €13 (Student/ CJP); includes a drink in the Grand Theatre cafe

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

18 DECEMBER
POETRY EVENING

For December, we are keeping it super low-key and enjoying an evening of poetry instead of discussing a novel! 

Simply dig up your favorite poems - bonus points for wintry verse- and come to City Central for a night of sipping tea and reading aloud.  

The poems can be in whatever language you wish, but you could also translate them into English for ease of understanding. 




Dates: Wednesday 18 December
Time: 18:30 - 20:00​
Cost: FREE​
Location: City Central


GRAB YOUR SPOT
THURSDAYS IN DECEMBER
SILENT DISCO ON ICE

Ice skate,move & groove

You've probably experienced the silent disco craze, but have you done it on skates? Every Thursday evening in December, you can slip on a pair of headphones and boogie at the ice skating rink on the Grote Markt. 

Don't have your own skates?
Never fear: you can rent them at the rink!

What are you waiting for?
Join the party and dance the cold away!

Dates: Thursday 5, 12, and 19 of December
Time: 17:00- 22:00 
Location: 
Het Groninger Winterfestijn Grote Markt 36, 9711 LV Groningen

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11 DECEMBER
LOCAL FARMERS' DINNER

Start off the season of Christmas food with local and sustainable eats! This vegan, three-course dinner is a total steal for just €9.

Prepare yourself for tasty winter vegan dishes, mulled vegan wine and a cozy evening with live instrumental music!

It's also the perfect place to meet new people and feel a sense of community around the holidays. 

Dates: Wednesday the 11 December 
Time: 18:00-21:00
Cost: 
€9
Location: Doopsgezinde Kerk; Oude Boteringestraat 33, 9712 GD Groningen

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE
20- 22 DECEMBER
WINTERWELVAART

Going into its seventh year, Winter Welvaart is a can't-miss during the holiday season.

This winter festival is held on and around the Hoge Der Aa, where you can visit ships for live concerts, follow a route past local art spots and buy last-minute gifts at the outdoor market.

The wintry "sfeer," complete with lots of twinkle lights and the smell of Glühwein, makes for the perfect evening walk. 


Dates and times:  20 December 17.00-00.00 
21 December 12.00-00.00 
22 December 12.00-18.00 
Cost: FREE
Location: Kleine, Hoge and Lage der A


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OPEN ON 
Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 10am - 9pm
Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm 

City Central is supported by the Akkoord of Groningen. 

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