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!

Christmas, Sinterklaas, markets and more

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.

Celebrate the festive season

Christmas markets

Christmas Market Amsterdam Peter Valckx
Fairy lights, hot chocolademelk and carol singers make ticking off your Christmas shopping list something to look forward to.

Christmas shopping guide

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

New Year's Eve in Amsterdam

New Years eve rooftop Amsterdam CC BY 2.0 Thomas Ricker via Flickr
Ring in the coming year with fireworks displays and a host of exciting New Year's Eve celebrations across the city.

Christmas highlights

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...

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...


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...

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...

Skating in a winter wonderland

01 Dec 2018
During the holiday season, Amsterdam lives up to its picture-postcard image more than ever. The narrow, cobbled streets are festively decorated, the b...

Christmas tree on Dam Square

Dam 1
Dam Square
A majestic Christmas tree returns to Amsterdam this year to take its traditional place towering above Dam Square in the city centr...

Experience winter in Amsterdam

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...

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...

Amsterdam Light Festival

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Amsterdam Light Festival
28/11/2019 - 19/01/2020
The Amsterdam Light Festival is set to return in November 2019 running until January 2020, (literally) putting Amsterdam's beautif...

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...

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...