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,...
28/11/2015 - 17/01/2016

Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam Light Festival
The Amsterdam Light Festival is set to return on 28 November 2015, running until 17 January 2016, (literally) putting Amsterdam's ...

Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam Light Festival

Celebrate New Year's in Amsterdam

Whether you’re a party animal or a romantic, young of years or young-at-heart, a big spender or on a budget, Amsterdam is a great city to ring in 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...

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.

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

Devoted to the enchanting world of chamber music ('kamermuziek' in Dutch), this classical music festival will take place at Amster...


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...
25/09/2015 - 17/01/2016

Munch : Van Gogh

Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum brings together two of the trailblazers of modern art for a unique exhibition running from 25 Septembe...
28/11/2015 - 29/05/2016

Spanish Masters from the Hermitage

Hermitage Amsterdam
'Spanish Masters from the Hermitage. The World of El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo & Goya' is a major exhibition of ...
26/11/2015 - 27/03/2016

Geometry of the Scattering

Oude Kerk Amsterdam
Dutch artist Germaine Kruip reveals the invisible in Amsterdam's Oude Kerk with the exhibition 'Geometry of the Scattering'. It's ...

Geometry of the Scattering

Oude Kerk Amsterdam
10/04/2016 - 26/06/2016


Theater Amsterdam
ANNE is a spectacular theatrical production about the life of Anne Frank, focusing on the two years spent by Anne and her family i...


Theater Amsterdam


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


17/10/2015 - 17/01/2016

Asia in Amsterdam – Exotic luxury in the Golden Age

Asia in Amsterdam at the Rijksmuseum shares the sensations experienced when exotic wares were first brought from the East by Dutch...


The winter version of the classic festival full of live acts and performances.




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