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.

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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.

Top 12 holiday season events

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Amsterdam Light Festival

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Amsterdam Light Festival
28/11/2019 - 19/01/2020
The Amsterdam Light Festival is set to return in November 2019 running until January 2020, (literally) putting Amsterdam's beauti...

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...

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...

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...

Christmas tree on Dam Square

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Dam Square
A majestic Christmas tree returns to Amsterdam this year to take its traditional place towering above Dam Square in the city centr...

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...


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
18/12/2019 - 29/12/2019
The winter version of the classic festival full of live acts and performances at the Zuiderkerk in Amsterdam.

Masters of LXRY

Europaboulevard 22
RAI Amsterdam
12/12/2019 - 16/12/2019
Masters of LXRY presents its glorious wares at Europe’s biggest premium lifestyle fair. The event has come to be known for bringin...


Diverse locaties / Various locations
Diverse Locaties / Various locations
26/12/2019 - 01/01/2020
Warm up the wintry days between Christmas and New Year with a week of dance at the TangoTrain. Both old and new varieties of tango...

International Queer and Migrant Film Festival

Diverse locaties / Various locations
Diverse Locaties / Various locations
04/12/2019 - 08/12/2019
Based at De Balie in Amsterdam, the International Queer and Migrant Film Festival looks at sexual diversity in migrant populations...

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