South of the rivers, where those carefree, sinning, easy going, Carnival loving catholics live, it's a whole different story.
That's why a very fine Christmas market can be found in Maastricht. (Although if you rather go for the real thing, just go over the border to Aachen).
This could also be because the main Dutch seasonal celebration is Sinterklaas and not so much Christmas. Families will be gathering tonight to celebrate the arrival of Saint Nicholas and exchange gifts, sweets and poems.
So...enjoy the mulled wine and have a wonderful Pakjesavond!