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,...
26/11/2015 - 17/01/2016

Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam Light Festival
The Amsterdam Light Festival is set to return on 26 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...

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...
30/12/2015 - 01/01/2016

Chamber Music Festival

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

Holiday season dining

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to gather with friends and family to enjoy good food. Whether you’re after high tea, a traditional meal...

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...


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...


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