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Holiday season top 12

This holiday season there's no shortage of festive events going on in Amsterdam. Christmas markets, winter festivals, classical concerts, ice skating, even the circus has come to town. Get amongst the wintry fun!

Festive cheer

Amsterdammers'' love for the word 'gezellig' (meaning: similar to 'cosy' but used in a broader sense) is seen no more fittingly than over the holiday period, when the city's 'village' charm shines in fairy lights, snugs up in warm cafes and bars and brims with silly season spirit.

We've made a list (and checked it twice) of the top twelve things to do (one for each day and in no particular order) in Amsterdam over the festive period. 

12 days of Christmas in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam Light Festival
01/12/2016 - 22/01/2017
The Amsterdam Light Festival is set to return on 1 December 2016, running until 22 January 2017, (literally) putting Amsterdam's b...

Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival

Nederlandse IJsbeelden Festival
10/12/2016 - 05/02/2017
One of the Netherlands’ most spectacular winter events comes to Amsterdam this year: the Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival. Watch as th...

Christmas markets

The nights may be long and dark in winter, but you can always brighten up any day with a visit to a Christmas market in Amsterdam and the surrounding ...

Ice skating

When the temperatures dip, the Dutch start dreaming of another frozen winter and the prospect of ice skating outdoors. Weather forecasts are watched e...

Brown cafés

For a taste of authentic Amsterdam flavour and Dutch culture, don't miss a visit to a traditional Dutch pub known as a 'brown café' (bruin café). Thes...

Disney On Ice

RAI Amsterdam
28/12/2016 - 31/12/2016
'Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic' is a figure skating celebration of all things Disney. The company's most recognisable films an...

World Christmas Circus

Koninklijk Theater Carré
22/12/2016 - 08/01/2017
Featuring only the crème de la crème of the circus world, the internationally renowned World Christmas Circus returns to Amsterdam...

The Nutcracker

Koninklijk Theater Carré
For many, Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker' ballet encapsulates all that's great about the holiday season. Catch it at Royal Theatre ...

The Christmas Show

Ziggo Dome
23/12/2016 - 26/12/2016
Celebrate the festive season at biggest Christmas show in the Netherlands. Three magical days of entertainment will be held at Ams...

Christmas Classics at the Movies

Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam
An unforgettable musical experienceThe Concertgebouw’s famous Main Hall is one of the best concert halls in the world, well-known ...

Christmas Eve in Artis

Natura Artis Magistra
Experience a different type of treat on Christmas Eve... a special presentation in Artis Royal Zoo's Planetarium and a tour of the...

New Year's Eve parties

Celebrating the new year brings a fresh start full of opportunity, new leaves and blank slates. How will you celebrate? Amsterdam's list of parties is...