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January highlights in Amsterdam

Browse I amsterdam's January highlights for an idea of the festivals, performances and other special events in store throughout the month.

Amsterdam festivals, events & exhibitions in January

It may be cold outside but that doesn't stop the fun, as bars become even more gezellig (cosy) and venues heat up with indoor activities. There are classical concerts galore, all sorts of gigs and club nights, exhibitions fill museums, theatres and cabaret halls sell out and the city cinemas host special features to tempt you in out of the cold.


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...

Jumping Amsterdam

RAI Amsterdam
26/01/2017 - 29/01/2017
The international equestrian event Jumping Amsterdam is a feast for the senses, taking place in the city every January.

National Tulip Day

The Dutch tulip season officially gets underway in January every year as the National Tulip Day comes to town! Everyone is invited...

Whisky Weekend Amsterdam

20/01/2017 - 21/01/2017
Peaty, oaky, creamy, smoky – those are just a few words to describe whisky like a pro at the Whisky Weekend Amsterdam. Every year,...

Paradiso Choir Days

It may be a modern-day pop temple but Amsterdam’s Paradiso was originally a church. So it’s fitting that every year, the entire ve...

Amsterdam Hotel Night

Amsterdamse Hotelnacht
13/01/2018 - 14/01/2018
Amsterdammers are invited to experience their city through the eyes of tourists by enjoying an overnight stay in a local hotel.

IMPRO Amsterdam

21/01/2017 - 28/01/2017
Featuring world-class improv actors from all over the globe, IMPRO Amsterdam, the international improvisation theatre festival, hi...


Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA)
19/01/2017 - 22/01/2017
Held in January at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, the annual FOR REAL art fair (formerly known as Realisme) welcomes a huge ran...

Flamenco Biennale

Flamenco Biënnale
20/01/2017 - 29/01/2017
The rich tradition of flamenco dance returns to the Netherlands in January 2017. The Flamenco Biennial showcases traditional dance...

Chinese New Year

In 2017, Chinese New Year falls on 28 January. Festivities traditionally take place on Amsterdam's Dam Square and around the histo...

Figure a Sea

Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
22/01/2017 - 23/01/2017
A beautiful new performance by Cullberg Ballet of Sweden sees 21 dancers glide across the stage, dissolving and re-emerging like w...

Swan Lake

Theater De Meervaart
Tchaikovsky’s 'Swan Lake' is the ballet that defined the genre – a classical masterpiece that everyone should see at least once. B...

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Nationale Opera & Ballet
18/01/2017 - 26/01/2017
In January the Dutch National Opera & Ballet presents one of Mozart’s lesser known operas, 'Die Entführung aus dem Serail', which ...

Husbands and wives

Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam
24/01/2017 - 03/02/2017
Simon Stone, a master of modern drama adaptations, and Toneelgroep Amsterdam take on Woody Allen’s famous tragicomedy about divorc...

Jesus Christ Superstar

RAI Amsterdam
31/01/2017 - 05/02/2017
Let Jesus into your heart, as the epic musical 'Jesus Christ Superstar' makes an arena-sized reentry to Amsterdam this winter. Cat...

De Stijl at the Stedelijk

Stedelijk Museum
03/12/2016 - 21/05/2017
In 2017 Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum joins in a nationwide celebration of 100 years since the art movement known as De Stijl began...

Hiroshi Sugimoto - Black Box

Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
16/12/2016 - 08/03/2017
Celebrated Japanese photographer, Hiroshi Sugimoto presents a collection of his iconic black and white images at Amsterdam’s Foam ...

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 ...

Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh

Van Gogh Museum
21/10/2016 - 29/01/2017
Enter the world of Charles-Francois Daubigny, a 19th-century painter who influenced Van Gogh and other famous Impressionists. The ...

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...

Marinus Boezem

Oude Kerk Amsterdam
24/11/2016 - 26/03/2017
Marinus Boezem was one of the first Dutch artists to explore conceptual art in the 1960s. In this exciting exhibition, he transfor...

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