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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

This holiday season there's no shortage of festive events going on in Amsterdam. Christmas markets, winter festivals, classical concerts, ice skating,...

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

This holiday season in Amsterdam get into the festive spirit with classical music from some of Europe's finest musicians. From the hallowed halls of c...

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 centre. On 8 December 201...

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's list of parties is...

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
30/11/2018 - 21/01/2019
The Amsterdam Light Festival is set to return in 1 December 2017, running until 21 January 2018, (literally) putting Amsterdam's b...

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...