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BOX OFFICE & practicalities

Find below all practical information about ticket sales, festival locations, stay and travel. Its 24th edition took place from Thursday 17 until Sunday 20 January 2019.

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If you buy Winternachten tickets online through the website of Het Nationale Theater, you must have an account there or create one.

Buying tickets online is fast and easy. You pay with iDEAL or credit card. Without transaction costs. Your tickets are emailed to you. On the afternoon or evening of the event your ticket - in print form or directly from your cell phone - will be checked at the entrance of Theater aan het Spui.

A ticket for Friday Night Unlimited or Saturday Night Unlimited gives access that evening to all festival programmes in Theater aan het Spui and to the festival films screened in Filmhuis Zaal 1 and 2.

BOX OFFICE tickets
Tickets for the Winternachten festival are - besides online through the website of Het Nationale Theater - also for sale at the box office in the Koninklijke Schouwburg or, from 1,5 hours prior to the start of the event, at Theater aan het Spui.

All relevant information, about f.e. box office opening times, is available on this -Dutch language - page of the Nationale Theater website.

To obtain a reduced price ticket you should be holder of one of these types of reduction cards*. You may be asked to show your reduction card at the event entrance:

UITPas, CJP, Student card or Ooievaarspas.

*no further reduction is possible for the EARLY BIRD ticket.


Book a comfortable stay in the very same hotel where all international writers stay during the festival. Novotel Den Haag City Centre is located inside the atmospheric Passge, a five minute walk from Theater aan het Spui. Bus and tramway stop at 100 meters from its entrance. Also good to know: the hotel has its own parking for hotel guests.

Staying at the hotel costs 92,- euro for a single room and 102,- euro for a double room including breakfast. Excluding tourist tax of 3,40 euro p.p.p.n.

Make your reservation via +31 70 3108880 or send an email to mentioning 'Winternachten festival'.


Theater aan het Spui (address: Spui 187, 2511 BN The Hague) and the adjacent Filmhuis Den Haag together form the central location for Winternachten festival. The festival entrance is the main entrance of Theater aan het Spui.

  • During the evenings of the festival Friday and Saturday (during Friday Night Unlimited and Saturday Night Unlimited) Theater aan het Spui and Filmhuis Den Haag are combined and form one large festival venue. At the festival entrance (the entrance of Theater aan het Spui) your ticket will be checked and you will receive a wristband and a free evening programme leaflet. After the ticket check, you have free access to all festival auditoriums that evening. Walk outside from theatre to filmhuis and vice versa. At the Theater aan het Spui box office festival tickets may be purchased from 1,5 hours before the start of the festival events. The programmes (each of about 30 up till 60 minutes) take place in Zaal 1, Zaal 2 and the foyer of Theater aan het Spui, and in Zaal 1, Zaal 2 and cafe of Filmhuis Den Haag. Do you want to attend the Winternachten programmes in Filmhuis Zaal 1 or 2, and you do not have a Friday or Saturday Night Unlimited ticket? For these film programmes separate tickets are available on Filmhuis Den Haag's website and box office.
  • The Opening Night on the festival's Thursday evening, the matinee programmes on the festival's Saturday and Het Schrijversfeest on the festival's Sunday afternoon take place in Zaal 1 or Zaal 2 of Theater aan het Spui. Your ticket will be checked at the auditorium entrance. At the Theater aan het Spui box office festival tickets may be purchased from 1,5 hours before the start of the events.
  • VPRO's OVT Live (Dutch spoken) on the festival's Sunday morning, takes place in the foyer of Theater aan het Spui. Entrance is free, but reserving your ticket(s) is strongly recommended.
  • Theater aan het Spui and Filmhuis Den Haag are 'PIN only' which means that the box office and bar accept PIN payments only. 

Other festival locations: Winternachten festival in The Hague neighbourhoods and schools

During the festival period we gladly welcome you at (partly freely accessible) Winternachten festival-performances by writers and poets in a number of locations all around The Hague, such as Theater Dakota, Paard, International Institute of Social Studies, Speakers' Corner / Haagse Hogeschool, public library Schilderswijk and public library Nieuw Waldeck. Check the festival agenda here.

De Vries Van Stockum in foyer Theater aan het Spui

The Hague book seller De Vries Van Stockum offers during the festival period in the foyer of Theater aan het Spui a rich choice of brand new, recent and older works by the writers and poets that perform during the Winternachten festival. This collection of books especially brought together for the festival includes, if available, the original language version as well as English and Dutch translations.

Writers and poets will sign their work at the Van Stockum stand. Find who is signing when on the free programme leaflet distributed at the festival entrance or on the festival website.

Food and drinks

In the foyers of Theater aan het Spui and Filmhuis Den Haag coffee, tea, drinks and small food items may be bought.

During Friday Night Unlimited and Saturday Night Unlimited, The Hague-based 's-Peer Catering sells special, healthy and most of all delicious biological-vegetarian snacks. Take a look on their website or have dinner in their restaurant De Grote Pyr, located in a monumental building on Waldeck Pyrmontkade in The Hague.


Taking a bike ride certainly is the easiest way to reach the Winternachten festival. The nearby 'Biesieklette' guarded bicycle parking 'Stadhuis' stays open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 01.00 hours; their parking 'Buitenhof' until 03.00 hours those same days. Bicycle parking is free the first day until closing time that day.

At Theater aan het Spui and Filmhuis Den Haag there is very limited space to park your bicycle. We advice to use the above mentioned bicycle parkings.

Public transport

You may reach Winternachten festival easily with public transport. The railroad stations Den Haag Centraal and Den Haag Hollands Spoor are located at about a 15 to 20 minute walk from the festival location.

HTM buses and tramways take you from these railroad stations or from all other places in The Hague, Leidschendam, Voorburg, Rijswijk and Delft to the festival location. The nearest stops are Den Haag Centrum, Den Haag Spui and Den Haag Kalvermarkt-Stadhuis. For all information, see or

Night trains leave in the directions of Leiden and Amsterdam or Delft and Rotterdam from railroad station Den Haag Hollands Spoor. Get your journey advice from or

By car & parking

From highway A4/A12: follow signs Den Haag Centrum, then on Utrechtsebaan follow Centrum. Turn left at traffic lights and follow the road over the Prins Bernhardviaduct. After crossing the viaduct choose the entrance to P1 Parking Stadhuis (Schedeldoekshaven 90, 2511 BT Den Haag, closes at 01:00 AM). If you do not enter the parking, you continue and cross the Spui (with on the corner right Filmhuis Den Haag and Theater aan het Spui) and continue on Amsterdamse Veerkade. After about 50 meters turn right to enter Q-Park Veerkaden (Amsterdamse Veerkade 30, 2512 AJ Den Haag, open 24/7).

From highway A44 follow the Benoordenhoutseweg and turn left on Boslaan, take the far right lane next to Utrechtsebaan and turn right at the Prins Bernhard viaduct. Across the viaduct, follow the signs to P1 Parking Stadhuis or, right after crossing het Spui to Amsterdamse Veerkade, turn right after 50 meters for Q-Park Veerkaden (see above).

Subject to change.