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. Get amongst the wintry fun! Check back soon for our 2018 update.

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

Diverse locaties
Amsterdam Light Festival
29/11/2018 - 20/01/2019
The Amsterdam Light Festival is set to return on 29 November 2018, running until 20 January 2019, (literally) putting Amsterdam's ...

2018 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...

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...

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...


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...


Zuiderkerkhof 72 72
21/12/2018 - 30/12/2018
The winter version of the classic festival full of live acts and performances.

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...

Ice* Village Amsterdam

Christmas Village on Ice
14/12/2018 - 26/12/2018
From mid-December, Museumplein in Amsterdam is transformed into a magical winter wonderland as the Christmas Village sets up stall...

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...

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...

Turn on the Lights

Dam 1
De Bijenkorf
Amsterdam’s luxury department store De Bijenkorf opens the festive season in brilliant spectacle and festive cheer.