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December highlights in Amsterdam

Browse I amsterdam's December highlights for an idea of the seasonal festivals, Christmas performances and other holiday season events in store throughout the month.

Amsterdam festivals, events & exhibitions in December

Amsterdam gears up for the season with Sinterklaas, Christmas and New Year's Eve, the taste of chocolate letters, pepernoten and speculaas on the tongues of children, mulled wine on the tongues of the older kids, a rosy glow in the cheeks of everyone and plenty of Christmas markets, holiday concerts, plays and performances for all.

 

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,...

Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam Light Festival
30/11/2017 - 21/01/2018
The Amsterdam Light Festival is set to return in 1 December 2017, running until 21 January 2018, (literally) putting Amsterdam's b...

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...

Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival

Amsterdam ArenA
10/12/2016 - 05/03/2017
One of the Netherlands’ most spectacular winter events comes to Amsterdam this year: the Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival. Watch as th...

Classical Christmas

This holiday season in Amsterdam get into the festive spirit with classical music from some of Europe's finest musicians. From the hallowed halls of c...

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 ...

Christmas tree on Dam Square

A majestic Christmas tree returns to Amsterdam this year to take its traditional place towering above Dam Square in the city centre. The lights on the...

Chamber Music Festival Amsterdam

Amstelkerk
29/12/2017 - 01/01/2018
Devoted to the enchanting world of chamber music ('kamermuziek' in Dutch), this classical music festival will take place at Amster...

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...

Sinterklaas

Although he looks a bit like Father Christmas or Santa Claus, ‘Sinterklaas’ (Saint Nicholas) is a very Dutch character loved by children and adults al...

Lovedance

Paradiso
01/12/2017
Marking World Aids Day on 1 December, Amsterdam's Paradiso hosts its annual charity extravaganza in aid of the Dutch Aids Fund.

Winterparade

Zuiderkerk
21/12/2017 - 30/12/2017
The winter version of the classic festival full of live acts and performances.

Valhalla

RAI Amsterdam
16/12/2017
Valhalla seamlessly fuses two things that aren't traditionally linked: electronic music and circus communities. The best and brigh...

TangoTrain

Diverse Locaties / Various locations
25/12/2017 - 01/01/2018
Warm up the wintry days between Christmas and New Year with a week of dance at the TangoTrain. Both old and new varieties of tango...

Calefax - PAN

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
28/12/2016
As the year draws to a close, it’s something of an annual tradition for the players of the Calefax Reed Quintet to head to Muziekg...

Loretta Fahrenholz

Stedelijk Museum
11/12/2016 - 05/03/2017
Up-and-coming German artist Loretta Fahrenholz combines art and film in her powerful 'performative documentaries'. See her new wor...

Catherine, the Greatest

Hermitage Amsterdam
18/06/2016 - 15/01/2017
A collection of more than 300 paintings, sculptures and personal objects of Catherine the Great make their way from St Petersburg ...

Best of Boom

Boom Chicago
01/03/2017 - 06/05/2017
After more than 20 years of laughs and cultural silliness in Amsterdam, the Boom Chicago comedy crew presents 'Best of Boom'. This...

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