10 Things To Do In Amsterdam In December

Holidays are coming, holidays are coming, tis the season…! Amsterdam is the place to be to enjoy the holiday season. All those festivities and everybody is a good mood. So check out the 10 things to do in Amsterdam in December.


1. Amsterdam Light Festival

In the dark winter months, Amsterdam transforms into a true city of lights with the start of the Amsterdam Light Festival. At the annual Amsterdam Light Festival both the residents of Amsterdam and the city’s many visitors are treated to a spectacle of light. This festival is for everyone, young and old. Whether you take a boat tour over the Amsterdam’s famous waterways or the walking tour to enjoy the Amsterdam Light Festival, you won’t get disappointed as it’s a great way to explore the city from a different angle.

When? 1 December 2016 – 22 January 2017
Where? The walking route starts at Blauwbrug, here you can also book the boat tour



2. Sinterklaas

We all know Santa Claus; the man with the red suit and white beard from the North Pole. In Holland, we also have Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas). He has a red suit and white beard too, but he’s from Spain and comes a little bit earlier, i.e. on the 5th of December. At night, he rides over the roofs with his horse Amerigo and brings presents to the children. In the weeks prior to 5 December, there are multiple activities in the city, in stores and public areas to celebrate Sinterklaas.

When? 5 December 2016
Where? Allover Amsterdam



3. Masters of LXRY

Ever wanted to feel like a millionaire? Then you should definitely go to Masters of LXRY and experience how it is to live like a millionaire. Find the latest luxury trends like the newest models of the most expensive cars, fashion shows, yachts, the latest trends in travel, it is all there. And yes, everything is deluxe, even the food trucks.

When? 8-12 December 2016
Where? Amsterdam RAI – Europaplein, Amsterdam



4. 90 Years Ms. Monroe

This year Marilyn Monroe would have turned 90 if it were not for her tragic death in 1962. At the exhibition 90 Years Ms. Monroe at the De Nieuwe Kerk you have the opportunity to learn more about the life of this style icon. Many of Marilyn’s belongings which are exhibited were bought by Ted Stampfer at an auction at Christie’s. Go and have a look at her brushes, film posters and the famous white dress.

(credit image: Linda Joosen)

When? 1 October 2016 – 5 February 2017
Where? De Nieuwe Kerk – Gravenstraat 17, Amsterdam



5. Christmas Markets

Up for some Christmas shopping or just wanting to get into the Christmas mood? Go and visit the many Christmas markets of Amsterdam. You can find one for everyone’s taste. There is a Christmas Fair Market, a Local Goods Christmas Market, a Christmas Evening Market, even a Funky Xmas Market. Drink some Mulled wine of hot chocolate and enjoy the live music!

When? Various data in December
Where? Various places in Amsterdam (check the website)



6. Miks Pop-up shop

Christmas time means gifts for friends and family. Mik has gathered the nicest presents from the local stores from the East of Amsterdam. Everything under one roof is quite easy and it is all priced under €25,-. Can’t wait? They also open from 25 to 27 November for the special Sinterklaas edition.

When? 16-18 December 2017
Where? Check the site for the address; they will keep it secret until the opening



7. Late Tea At The Amstel hotel

Start your weekend at the most prestigious hotel of Amsterdam, the Amstel Hotel, for a late tea. The late tea is a variation on the high tea. Four courses are served accompanied by startling cocktails based on tea with a drop of vodka, champagne and more. Look the sun set into the Amstel River while you sip your special drink and start celebrating your weekend.

When? Every Friday and Saturday from 7pm
Where? Amstel Hotel – Professor Tulpplein 1, Amsterdam



8. Christmas Village on Ice

Winter chalets, ice skating, Christmas lights and all of that under the watchful eye of the Rijksmuseum. How nice is that? In the chalets you will find a variation of fashion, decoration, lifestyle and food. Put on your skates and drink some hot chocolate or Mulled wine afterwards.

When? 7-30 December 2016
Where? Museum square (Museumplein), Amsterdam



9. New Year’s Eve

From a dance event to a costumed ball, from a free family event to an outrageous theme party; Amsterdam has got it all on New Year’s Eve. Through the whole city there are multiple festivities. Most events start at 9:30pm and end in the early hours. The national countdown is at the Oosterdok. Where are you going to pop the champagne and celebrate the start of 2017?

(credit image: rtlnieuws.nl)

When? 31 December
Where? Various places downtown (check the website)


10. Samples Sales Amsterdam

Keep an eye out for our Amsterdam Sample Sales Guide for the upcoming sample sales in Amsterdam in December to be published soon.


By Linda Joosen

(credit images: all photos have been sourced from the official event page websites listed above or separately aforementioned. Cover photo credit: Instagram Dutchie)


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