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.

Holiday season in 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 alike. His annual arrival and parade in Amsterdam and the traditional festivities that follow are a real treat!

Christmas

Amsterdam winter holiday market, Edwin van Eis
Christmas Day is celebrated with good food and family fun; and in between the city sparkles with bright lights, fun markets, great parties, snowy scenery and festive good cheer! The holiday season is a wonderful time to be in Amsterdam, so get out and enjoy the fun.

New Year's Eve

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. The Dutch know how to have a good time and the capital is a gezellige (warm and friendly) host.

Major winter events

Winter dining

Monthly highlights

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