Holiday season top 12

There's no shortage of festive events going on in Amsterdam during the holiday season. Christmas markets, winter festivals, classical concerts, ice skating, even the circus has come to town. A winter wonderland awaits, so go explore Amsterdam's holiday magic. 

12 days of Christmas in Amsterdam

Amsterdammers'' love for the word 'gezellig' (meaning: similar to 'cosy' but used in a broader sense) is seen no more fittingly than over the holiday period, when the city's 'village' charm shines in fairy lights, snugs up in warm cafes and bars and brims with silly season spirit.

We've made a list (and checked it twice) of the top twelve things to do (one for each day and in no particular order) in Amsterdam over the festive period. 

Things to do this holiday season


Amsterdam Light Festival

The Amsterdam Light Festival returns on 28 November 2019 running until January 2020, (literally) putting Amsterdam's beautiful cit...

28/11/2019 - 19/01/2020

Amsterdam Light Festival

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Christmas Market Amsterdam Peter Valckx

2019 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...
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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...
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Concertgebouw Amsterdam Hans Samsom

Classical Christmas

With twinkling lights reflected in the canals, gorgeous concert halls and beautiful churches, Amsterdam is great for feeling festive and the concert s...
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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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Ice*Village Amsterdam

From mid-December, Museumplein in Amsterdam is transformed into a magical winter wonderland as the Christmas Village sets up stall...

13/12/2019 - 26/12/2019

Christmas Village on Ice

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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 goes all out on New...
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Christmas Amsterdam CC BY-SA 20 temporalata via Flickr

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 traditiona...
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Christmas shopping in Amsterdam

Let the theatrical window displays, twinkling fairy lights and aroma of freshly-baked speculaas lead you to the best spots for Christmas shopping in A...
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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 centr...


Dam Square

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