Christmas in Willet

This year, Museum Willet-Holthuysen will once again be transformed into magical Christmas atmospheres. From 1 December 2019 to 5 January 2020, the historic canal house at Herengracht 605 will show how the wealthy Willet-Holthuysen couple celebrated Christmas in the nineteenth century and how they decorated their impressive home with Christmas decorations.

In Museum Willet-Holthuysen it is as if time has stood still. In the building, the staff of Abraham and Louisa Willet-Holthuysen, the last inhabitants of this canal house, have hung historical Christmas decorations. In the dining room, the main course of the Christmas dinner has just been eaten, and on the festively decorated table the crystal dessert service is ready for family and friends. The main room is decorated with a richly decorated Christmas tree with gifts for the children. Muted light and Christmas music complete the picture.


Programming 23-29 December

From 23 December to 29 December there is even more to see and do in Museum Willet-Holthuysen. In addition to the beautiful decorations, Christmas stories are read aloud, various song ensembles can be listened to and coffee and tea are served. There is also the opportunity to play board games and discover the museum in a surprising way. 

Les bonbons de Babette 
Les Bonbons de Babette, the name under which singer Babette Verhoef has been performing with various musicians since 2003, in different line-ups, play chansons in the broadest sense of the word; French, but also Dutch-speaking, Songs from the American Songbook and for this occasion of course (jazzy) Christmas Songs! Come to museum Willet-Holthuisen and be surprised by the musical sweets of Les Bonbons de Babette in the beautiful - decorated in Christmas atmosphere - rooms of the canal house. 

23, 25, 26, 27 and 28 December. Every half hour between 14.00 and 16.00 hours. 

Mix and Match
Hearing and looking: the mix of a capella music and elements of theatre means that there is not only a lot to hear, but also to see. Singing quartet Mix & Match provides a cappella music in the Museum WIllet Holthuysen. Light and surprising songs from pop to cabaret, interspersed with beautiful ballads. Around the holidays they mix classics with swinging pop music and atmospheric winter songs. With only four voices and a tuning fork they will perform a musical performance with a touch of theatre with Mix & Match. 

24 and 29 December. Every half hour between 14:00 and 16:00. 

Reading in Museum Willet-Holthuysen
The reading corner can be used throughout the month. To read, read or listen to a story yourself. During the week between 23 and 29 December, a new (Christmas) story will be read every day, in short sessions of about 30 minutes. Plump down, relax, and enjoy the most beautiful stories. 

23 to 29 December. At 14:15 and 15:15 hours. 

Crafts
Young and old can make their own Christmas decorations at the large craft table! Make your own Christmas hanger, or your own Abraham Willet or Louise Holthuysen doll for at home. 

1 December 2019 until 5 January 2020. All day long.