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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

Amsterdam ArenA
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...

World Christmas Circus

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

Christmas Classics at the Movies

Het Koninklijk Concertgebouw Amsterdam
16/12/2016
An unforgettable musical experienceThe Concertgebouw’s famous Main Hall is one of the best concert halls in the world, well-known ...

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...