A Dutch souvenir
It’s impossible to think of just one souvenir you’d want to bring back from Holland, so why not combine two: Delft wooden shoes. You can choose either the little porcelain ornaments shaped like wooden shoes and painted in the Delft style, or actual wooden shoes with a Delft design. Find both at Nelis’ Dutch Village, and DeKlomp Delft and Wooden Shoe Factory.
From salsa to Santa
Holland ushers in the spring not only with the Tulip Time Festival but also with its sister, Fiesta, which celebrates Latino culture. From spring through fall, you have great weather for the beach, outdoor activities and autumn color tours, as well as for many festivals. Summer brings Downtown Sidewalk Sales and the Salsa Showdown, where people compete in several “salsa-licious” categories. You can Gallery Walk in the fall and enjoy the Carve, in which culinary artists carve fantastical creations out of local produce.
And don’t overlook a visit in winter. Holland’s Dutch Winterfest includes two Santa-themed parades, one with the Claus we all know and the other with the Dutch Sinterklaas; several shopping opportunities, such as Downtown Holland’s Holiday Open House and the Kerstmarkt, an outdoor market filled with holiday goodies and gifts; and a national collegiate ice-sculpting competition. A built-in snowmelt system keeps the streets and sidewalks dry so you can enjoy these events and all the downtown shops and galleries.