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When you take a walk through the old part of Loosduinen during the Christmas period, you can come across surprisingly beautifully lit streets. Especially around the Abbey Church you can see that the people in the Burgemeestersbuurt have put a lot of effort into their Christmas decorations. Photographer Anneke made a report.

The most beautiful street we encountered so far this year is certainly the Van der Gaag Street with adjacent Quarlessstraat where the residents proudly show their street to everyone who pays a visit there.

But the surrounding streets are also enthusiastically participating. Many more streets are sure to follow in the coming days. Because we were also pleasantly surprised by the beautiful Christmas decorations in the Burgemeester Hovylaan and the Loosduinse Hoofdstraat. Definitely worth a visit!

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Unfortunately, many Christmas events have been canceled again this year. But you can still enjoy a little bit in the Doornstraat. To get a bit into the Christmas spirit, Santa Claus and his retinue have settled in Rene’s small ‘Winter Wonderland’.

After the departure of Sinterklaas and his entourage, the Sinterklaas dollhouse was converted into Winter Palace of Santa Claus. In the Winter Palace, Santa Claus, Santa Claus and the rest of his retinue can be seen in miniature.

Christmas House

In the evening, the entire Winter Palace is including a garden, attractively lit, so that the work of Santa Claus and his entourage can be clearly seen. Every now and then Santa Claus comes by with his sleigh to hand out sweets to children.

The Christmas Palace of creator Rene Dijkhuizen is still open until 22 December 2288 to be admired in the Doornstraat at number 231 in Scheveningen.

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Under great interest from the press, Orange fans and other enthusiastic spectators, Crown Princess Amalia has today, Wednesday December 8 (a day after her 18th anniversary) took a seat in the Council of State. She can now officially take over the crown from her father.

The Princess of Orange was solemnly ushered in by His Majesty the King, President of the Council of State, and by her mother Her Majesty Queen Máxima. The extraordinary meeting took place in the Ballroom of Kneuterdijk Palace. Due to the renovation of the Binnenhof, the extraordinary meeting could not take place in the Full Council Chamber of the Council of State.

Princess of Orange

According to the law King Willem-Alexander’s eldest daughter may officially take over the crown from her father since yesterday. Crown Princess Amalia was honoured, although she said that she still has a lot to learn, but that she will do everything she can to try to be a good student.

After the ceremony, the French garden of Kneuterdijk Palace by the Princess of Orange still symbolically planted a royal lime.

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After the great success of last year, Sinterklaas and his retinue (in miniature) have moved into the Sinterklaas dollhouse in Scheveningen.

In the Scheveningse Doornstraat, young and old can enjoy themselves again. marvel at the special work of art by creator Rene Dijkhuizen, who passionately tells us about his new creation and the idea behind it.

“I like to do something for the environment and give the street scene a little to brighten up in these difficult times. Every time I get great satisfaction when I see young and old enjoying my creations,” says Rene, who often spends weeks, sometimes months coming up with ideas. “In my spare hours I spent a month making the Sinterklaas dollhouse. But every time I’ve completed a new creation, I’m already looking forward to the reactions I’m going to get from the public”.

Rene always has plenty of inspiration. “That is partly because I have designed different sets for various events/TV productions in the past. It’s nice to do that on a small scale now. For example, last year I recreated the miniature Golden Coach and Glass Coach, including the eight horses and coachman”.

Photo Anneke Ruys

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“New this year at the Sinterklaas dollhouse is the Sinterklaas shop where nice Sinterklaas items are for sale, such as various small gifts for children’s shoes. In the evening, the entire Sinterklaas dollhouse, including the garden, is attractively lit. This way the work of the Saint and his entourage can be seen extra well. On pre-announced days and times, the Roetveegpietje will descend on his parachute to the Sinterklaas dollhouse to hand out sweets to the children”.

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The Sinterklaas dollhouse is open until December 5 2021 can be admired in the Doornstraat at number 682. After this, from there 015 December to 015 December Santa Claus take up residence in the Winter Palace!

“Zoveel mensen heb ik nog nooit bij een Haagse protestmars gezien” en “Wow, dat ziet er indrukwekkend uit hier in Den Haag” waren enkele van de kreten van mensen die gisteren bij het grote vrijheidsprotest tegen de coronamaatregelen aanwezig waren.

De mensen waren van heinde en verre naar de hofstad gekomen en sommigen van hen liepen voor het eerst een protestmars. Ze verzamelden zich zondagmiddag tussen 12.00 en 13.00 uur op het Malieveld waarna er een protestmars door de stad volgde, langs de Hofvijver en Plein 1813. Vanaf daar was het uitzicht op de vele duizenden betogers die vanaf de Kneuterdijk naar het Plein toe kwamen lopen zeer indrukwekkend. Via Plein 1813 liepen de mensen via de Javastraat weer terug naar het Malieveld.

De mars werd georganiseerd door Samen voor Nederland van Michel Reijinga, een vele leden tellend samenwerkingsverband bestaande uit meer dan tachtig groepen die tegen de coronamaatregelen zijn. Begin oktober nog werd door deze groep ook een grootschalige protestmars in Amsterdam georganiseerd.

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The colorful Fantasy Fest in the Broodfabriek in Rijswijk was last weekend the place to be for fans of fantasy, cosplay, gothic, steampunk, anime and much more.

The previous two editions of the festival were canceled due to corona. This weekend was the rematch with an extensive entertainment program and, above all, the time to get out your most beautiful costumes.

Fantasy Fest was busier than ever before. The fans must have been looking forward to it for a long time. That is why there was a happy and exuberant atmosphere with only happy people. Because it’s almost Halloween, there was also plenty to shudder at the fall edition of Fantasy Fest. Have a look at the pictures!

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