Winter in Amsterdam

Amsterdam comes into its own in the winter months with a festive atmosphere, cosy pubs and plenty of events to enjoy as the nights draw in. Check out I amsterdam's tips for what to do when temperatures drop in Amsterdam.

Visit Amsterdam in winter

10 reasons to visit Amsterdam in winter

Amsterdam Light Festival Scheepvaartmuseum 2013 Janus van den Eijnden
With cosy pubs, fairy tale architecture and plenty of events and activities to enjoy, Amsterdam glows with festive cheer during the winter months.

Top 10 winter food spots

Indulging in rich, hot, comforting food is one of the best things about the cold season, and so is snuggling up for hours in cosy restaurants and pubs.

Major winter events

Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam's winter festival returns each year to illuminate the city's streets and waterways with bewitching light installations by international arti...

Valentine's in Amsterdam

Get loved up in Amsterdam this Valentine's weekend with our selection of romantic restaurants, swoony hotel rooms and unique activities for two.

2018 Christmas markets

Throughout the month of the December, the Netherlands overflows with Christmas spirit. Markets become more than a place to buy food and trinkets &ndas...

Monthly highlights

December

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

January

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

February

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

Winter in Amsterdam: Get inspired!

Top 10 rainy day activities

Don’t let rain stop play on your trip to Amsterdam. Here’s our selection of the city’s best indoor attractions and activities guaranteed to keep you h...

Holiday season in Amsterdam

The Dutch really know how to make the most of the holiday season... starting with Sinterklaas; a Dutch tradition complete with pepernoten and parades!...

Top 5 oliebollen in Amsterdam

Stroopwafels may get all the international fame and glory, but true Dutch food lovers will tell you that the best way to fill a hole in your heart and...

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...

Top 12 holiday season events

There's no shortage of festive events going on in Amsterdam during the holiday season. Christmas markets, winter festivals, classical concerts, ice sk...

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...

Amsterdam for all seasons

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Amsterdam is attractive all year round, whether it’s balmy and buzzy or crisp and cool. And no matter what time of year you visit, the city&rsqu...

Explore Amsterdam by season

Spring in Amsterdam

Find the best events and things to do in Amsterdam during the spring season, including a trip to the iconic flower strip, cultural festivals and the c...

Summer in Amsterdam

Enjoy countless festivals, urban beaches, picnics in the park, outdoor cinema & art, and cool drinks on sunny terraces - Amsterdam is teeming with thi...

Autumn in Amsterdam

The autumn - or fall - months are some of the most beautiful in which to visit Amsterdam, when golden leaves fill the trees and line the cobbled stree...