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Holiday season top 12

This holiday season there's no shortage of festive events going on in Amsterdam. Christmas markets, winter festivals, classical concerts, ice skating, even the circus has come to town. Get amongst the wintry fun!

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
1016 HX AMSTERDAM
Amsterdam Light Festival
30/11/2017 - 21/01/2018
The Amsterdam Light Festival is set to return in 1 December 2017, running until 21 January 2018, (literally) putting Amsterdam's b...

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

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...

Sinterklaas

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...

World Christmas Circus

Amstel 115-125
1018 EM AMSTERDAM
Koninklijk Theater Carré
21/12/2017 - 07/01/2018
Featuring only the crème de la crème of the circus world, the internationally renowned World Christmas Circus returns to Amsterdam...

WinterParade

Zuiderkerkhof 72 72
1011 WB AMSTERDAM
Zuiderkerk
21/12/2017 - 30/12/2017
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...

The Nutcracker

Amstel 115-125
1018 EM AMSTERDAM
Koninklijk Theater Carré
05/12/2017
Tchaikovsky's beautiful Nutcracker score is, to many, synonymous with Christmas, as is the story of Clara and the Prince. Fairies,...

Ice* Village Amsterdam

Museumplein
1071 DJ AMSTERDAM
Christmas Village on Ice
20/12/2017 - 30/12/2017
From mid-December, Museumplein in Amsterdam is transformed into a magical winter wonderland as the Christmas Village sets up stall...

Disney On Ice 2017

Europaboulevard 22
1078 RV AMSTERDAM
RAI Amsterdam
28/12/2017 - 30/12/2017
Disney on Ice celebrates four of its most beloved fantastical worlds in this new show: Cars, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story and Fro...

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...