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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.

Other great events in December

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...

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.

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...

Life in the Universe

Oosterdok 2
1011 VX AMSTERDAM
NEMO Science Museum
14/10/2017 - 31/12/2017
Join an expedition to the farthest corners of the universe with NEMO Science Museum. Discover stars that are many billions of year...

Valhalla

Europaboulevard 22
1078 RV AMSTERDAM
RAI Amsterdam
23/12/2017
Valhalla seamlessly fuses two things that aren't traditionally linked: electronic music and circus communities. The best and brigh...

Christmas with the King

Arena boulevard 590
1101 DS AMSTERDAM
AFAS Live
21/12/2017 - 23/12/2017
Liven up your Christmas with one of the best Elvis tribute acts out there. Irish-born Grahame Patrick perfectly emulates every asp...

Dutch Masters from the State Hermitage

Amstel 51
1018 EJ AMSTERDAM
Hermitage Amsterdam
07/10/2017 - 27/05/2018
Travel back in time to the Netherlands' Golden Age, and encounter an impressive array of the works that influenced – and continue ...

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...

TangoTrain

Diverse locaties / Various locations
1012 JS AMSTERDAM
Diverse Locaties / Various locations
26/12/2017 - 01/01/2018
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...

Meesterlijk

Polonceau-kade 27
1014 DA AMSTERDAM
Westergasfabriek
01/12/2017 - 03/12/2017
The name says it all with Meesterlijk, which translates to masterly, an independent design fair celebrating craftsmanship and arti...

ABBA Gold - The Christmas Special

Atlantisplein 1
1093 NE AMSTERDAM
Q-Factory
23/12/2017
ABBA fans rejoice, as one the Swedish pop group's best tribute bands are putting on a Christmas show dedicated to the legendary po...
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