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.

Landgoed Duin en Kruidberg Country Estate near Amsterdam

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, the Amrath Amsterdam, Okura and Hotel Vondel, but there are plenty more, many of which you can find on our hotels page.

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.