December highlights in Amsterdam

Browse I amsterdam's December highlights for an idea of the seasonal festivals, Christmas performances and other holiday season events in store throughout the month.

Amsterdam festivals, events & exhibitions in December

Amsterdam gears up for the season with Sinterklaas, Christmas and New Year's Eve, the taste of chocolate letters, pepernoten and speculaas on the tongues of children, mulled wine on the tongues of the older kids, a rosy glow in the cheeks of everyone and plenty of Christmas markets, holiday concerts, plays and performances for all.

December highlights

Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam Light Festival 2015 Paths Crossing Ralf Westerhof Janus van den Eijnden
This festival returns each year to illuminate the city's streets and waterways with bewitching light installations by international artists.

Christmas markets in Amsterdam

Throughout the month of the December, the Netherlands overflows with cosy – or 'gezellig', as the Dutch would say – Christmas markets.

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.
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Diverse locaties
1016 HX AMSTERDAM
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Sinterklaas

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WinterParade

Zuiderkerkhof 72 72
1011 WB AMSTERDAM
Zuiderkerk
21/12/2018 - 30/12/2018
The winter version of the classic festival full of live acts and performances.

Masters of LXRY

Europaboulevard 22
1078 RV AMSTERDAM
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06/12/2018 - 10/12/2018
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Valhalla

Europaboulevard 22
1078 RV AMSTERDAM
RAI Amsterdam
22/12/2018
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TangoTrain

Diverse locaties / Various locations
1012 JS AMSTERDAM
Diverse Locaties / Various locations
26/12/2018 - 01/01/2019
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Meesterlijk

Polonceau-kade 27
1014 DA AMSTERDAM
Westergasfabriek
01/12/2017 - 03/12/2017
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International Queer and Migrant Film Festival

Diverse locaties / Various locations
1012 JS AMSTERDAM
Diverse Locaties / Various locations
05/12/2018 - 13/12/2018
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