Treat your senses to a feast
Get into the festive spirit with an evening at PALAZZO. The gold star of dinner theatre is back in Amsterdam this November after a five-year hiatus, serving up haute cuisine and carnival-style entertainment. The candlelit circus tent provides a whimsical setting for performances of music, magic and acrobatics, while the delectable dinner elevates the evening to even grander heights than the high-rope act. Joris Bijdendijk, who was chef de cuisine at RIJKS restaurants when it was awarded a Michelin Star in 2016, has crafted a beautifully balanced four-course meal ensuring the food packs as much of a punch as the show.
Enjoy food and table performances at the Winterparade
Everyone has a front-row seat at the annual, theatrical dinner, Winterparade. Guests are seated at a 120-metre table on which they’ll enjoy both their multi-course meal and the performances themselves. Actors, dancers, musicians, chefs, waiters and the hospitable Candy Girls will all be climbing on your table to server and entertain, throughout the evening. Find out more and pick up tickets at the Winterparade website.
Dine at the beautiful Duin & Kruidberg country estate
The glorious grounds, pristine dining rooms and towering Christmas tree in the main hall make the Duin & Kruidberg country estate a stunning location to spend Christmas with family, colleagues and friends. Executive Chef Alain Alders and his team, from the estate’s Michelin-star Restaurant De Vrienden van Jacob, will be responsible for the evening’s flavours. There’s also plenty on offer for the little ones, including Santa – in person! Find out more on the website.
Shop for food during Xmas at the Foodhallen
Amsterdam’s beautiful indoor food market, the Foodhallen, has a special musical programme for Christmas week. Expect gospel choirs, Christmas ballads, signature dishes from beautiful stalls and lots of hot chocolate (or glühwein). The event runs over five days (from 19 December), and each day has its own schedule and performers. These include Rudolph and the Cranberries, the Babette Verhoef Choir and Retro DJ Charley. Read more on the site, or just head over there and find out.
Looking for a hotel? Many have a Christmas menu
If you’re looking for a place to stay over the holidays, or just want to enjoy a dinner at a beautiful hotel restaurant, the city has plenty of options for you. A lot of hotels have special Christmas menus, both for visitors and guests. Hotels to consider include the Conservatorium Hotel, Corendon City Hotel Amsterdam, the Amrath Amsterdam, Okura and Hotel Vondel, but there are plenty more, many of which you can find on our hotels page.
Light up the winter
Take a 40-minute clipper ride from IJburg harbour to Fort Pampus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to enjoy their Winter Lights dining experience. A tour of the 19th-century fortress built on Lake IJmeer is followed by dinner in the pavilion, where candles and an ever-burning fire provide wintry atmosphere and warmth. The dishes are prepared using produce sourced from within the Stelling van Amsterdam, focussing on seasonal and sustainable ingredients. After dinner and a belly-warming glass of Schippersbitter, you can cosy up by the fireplace or explore the island at your leisure, before cruising back home.
Take a cooking class, and throw your own dinner party
If you’re thinking of a night in, then why not take a cooking class and throw your own dinner party? The city has tons of workshops, offered by both hotels and individual chefs. Options for you to consider include the Okura hotel’s Taste of Okura with masterclasses on things like game and mushroom, Esther’s Cookery where you can learn to cook everything from Jewish to Italian food, Food by Michel’s excellent Lebanese food workshops or one of Cook Your Life’s varied courses and sessions.