10 Things To Do In Amsterdam In December

Christmas time is here! The most wonderful time of the year! Quickly 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. During the annual Amsterdam Light Festival which is for young and old, both the residents of Amsterdam and the city’s many visitors are treated to a spectacle of light. There is a boat tour on Amsterdam’s famous waterways. However, the walking route is also really worth it.

When? 30 November 2017 to 21 January 2018
Where? The walking route starts at Blauwbrug, here you can also book the boat tour


2. World Christmas Circus

The Royal Theatre Carré is famous for its Christmas Circus. Every year 50,000 people come to visit it. Be prepared for a programme of excitement, beauty, sensation and laughter of the world best acts. Of course, a clown should be a part of this special. This year there is a modern version, the former star of the Lido in Paris.

When? 21 December 2017 – 7 January 2018
Where? Royal Theatre Carré


3. Amsterdam Winterparade

You can find winter parades in the big European cities like London and Berlin. But this year we have a large one in Amsterdam as well! Experience the ultimate Christmas feeling at the Amsterdam Winterparade. Buy your Christmas presents or food at one the chalets. Go indoor curling of ice skating. But most of all enjoy the atmosphere.

When? 21 December 2017 – 1 January 2018
Where?  Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Europaplein 2-22, 1078 GZ Amsterdam


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4. Winter Parade

Talking about parades, in addition to the Amsterdam Winterparade this December the Winter Parade will be here. The Winter Parade is the little sister of the travelling theatre festival Parade. The concept was originally brought up for the New Island Festival in New York by Parade-founder Terts Brinkhoff. It offers a wild mix of theatre and dance performances, poetry and interactive fun. The audience of 500 people will be seated at a giant dinner table, enjoying food as well as divers performances. Do not forget to dance in the Silent Disco!

When? 21 – 30 December 2017
Where? Zuiderkerk, Zuiderkerkhof 72, 1011 WB Amsterdam


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5. Christmas Markets

Up for some Christmas shopping or just wanting to get into the Christmas mood? Go and visit the 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 or hot chocolate and enjoy the live music!

When? Various data in December 2017
Where? Various places (check the website)


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6. Disney on Ice

Step into the magical world of Disney and celebrate Christmas with our Disney friends! Head over to Disney on Ice and dive into Ariel’s underwater world or feel the excitement when Lightning McQueen and the crew drive by. Frozen fans will happy to hear that Elsa and Olaf will be there as well!

When? 28 – 30 December 2017
Where? Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Europaplein 2-22, 1078 GZ Amsterdam


7. Valhalla

The best and most popular electric music initiatives of Amsterdam join force for Valhalla. An unimaginable reality will surprise you and the conventional is challenged by the impossible. This is going to be a magical and enchanting night. You should experience it for yourself.

When? 23 December 2017
Where? Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Europaplein 2-22, 1078 GZ Amsterdam


8. Christmas Village on Ice

Winter chalets, ice skating, Christmas lights and all of that under the watching 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? 20 – 30 December 2017
Where? Museum square, Amsterdam


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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 a multiple festivities. Where are you going to pop the champagne? Most events start at 9.30PM and end in the early hours. The national countdown is at the Oosterdok.

When? 31 December 2017
Where? Various places downtown (check the website)


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10. Samples Sales Amsterdam

Keep an eye out for our Sample Sale Guide for the upcoming sample sales in Amsterdam in December.


By Linda Joosen

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


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