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18x The best things to do during Christmas - Amsterdam Welcome

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18x Things To Do at Christmas in Amsterdam

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18x Things To Do at Christmas in Amsterdam

18x Things to do during the Christmas holidays in Amsterdam Welcome

Christmas is almost here! Spend time with the ones you love the most and experience the ultimate Christmas feeling. Find out what things to do at Christmas in and around Amsterdam in this blog. We gathered the best places and events during the holiday season!

Events during the Holidays

Amsterdam Winter Parade RAI (21 December – 1 January)

Winter is back in Amsterdam with a special first Winterparade in the RAI. For 12 days young and old will experience why December is the most beautiful month of the year. From Thursday 21 December, the RAI will be turned into Winterparade Amsterdam: The place to experience the absolute Christmas feeling. With indoor and outdoor events it’s a fun event for the whole family!  Some warm saunas and steaming Jacuzzis for mom and dad and for the little ones the ferris wheel and ice rink. Find out more here!

Ice Village Museumplein Amsterdam Welcome

Ice* Village Amsterdam (20 – 30 December)

Go Dutch! After finishing your days at one of the museums at Museum square, you can’t miss the Ice skating rink and the Winter Village in the middle of the square, right in front of the Rijksmuseum. Visit the Winter Village at sunset and create the perfect photo moment. You will see all the little lights shining bright while enjoying a nice cup of hot chocolate.

World Christmas circus Amsterdam (21 December – 7 January 2018)

Looking for something to do with the entire family? Then the World Christmas Circus is the place to be. This year will be the 33rd time that the Christmas circus will come back to Amsterdam again. The absolute world top of acrobats will be present, in total more than 120 people work together to make this the most spectacular and breathtaking show of the year! During the Christmas Days the circus has two shows, at 12 o’clock and one at 4 o’clock. Check out the website of Carré for more information.

Shop your Christmas outfit at the Bijenkorf

In the heart of Amsterdam, on Dam square, you will find the city’s largest premium department store, the Bijenkorf. The five floors are filled with luxury brands, fashion, accessories, beauty products, shoes and culinary delights. At the Bijenkorf you can find exclusive brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Gucci and much more. So you can definitely find your Christmas outfit in this beautiful department store. But first swoon in front of the store’s windows, for sure this is the most beautiful display of Amsterdam!

Parties during the Holidays

Valhalla RAI

On 23rd December 2017, the magical and enchanting Valhalla Festival will return to the RAI Amsterdam! Musical front runners such as Fritz Kalkbrenner, Hot Since 82, Kölsch, Paco Osuna, Speedy J and Yellow Claw will join you on this thrilling night time adventure.
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© Valhalla

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Jantjes verjaardag:

A place that many Dutchies will now. Go partying all night long just between the Locals of Amsterdam! Three days long Christmas parties at Jantjes! 24 until 26 December! So there must be one day you will go dancing in this amazing club. Check out more!

Paradiso Christmas Amsterdam Welcome


This venue in Amsterdam where great artist perform will turned into a Christmas matinee. Make a journey and start in the world of Tom Waits, than further to the Balkan countries and with some of the best chansons to France! And off course, there will be no Christmas matinee without some Glühwein and Christmas bread! Check out more!

De Tulp

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Wednesday 27th of December Tulp goes Latin! This weekly party will has a special Christmas edition! De Tulp will offer you the best mix of Salsa & Bachata with top DJs and of course your favourite cocktails. There will be dinner & snacks from 6 till 9 pm. From 9 pm till 1 am the dance floor is all yours! For those of you who need a helping hand to become true kings and queens of the dancefloor: There will be a special salsa and bachata workshop at 9pm. So lets get dancing! Check out more!

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Chicago Social Club

Get your dancing shoes out because this will be one of the best Christmas parties in town! The best DJs of the club will produce the sounds you love and Desperado’s will arrange some nice cold beers! Check out more!

The Best Restaurants for your Christmas dinner

The first thing which comes in mind if you think of the Christmas days, are the cosy family dinners with the tables long delicious food. Therefor, we selected the best places to go for a Christmas dinner in Amsterdam!

Black and Blue

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Black and Blue is a well known lunch and dinner hotspot in the Jordaan in Amsterdam. It’s the kind of restaurant where the cook as well as the entire kitchen staff take pride in focusing on what they do. So begin with a Marinated Norwegian salmon or a beef carpaccio, continue with a steak or a sea bass from the Josperoven and end with a mouthwatering dessert like the ‘death by chocolate’ dessert. Check out the full menu here!

Bleu French Restaurant Amsterdam Welcome


Loving the Frech cuisine? Bleu is the place to go! Vive la France in the vibrant city-center of beautiful Amsterdam. During the Christmas days, Bleu serves a 4 course mail with several choices. Start with a prosecco or a gin-tonic scroppino while you wait for the delicacies to be served. You know your in the right place when you walk into this cute french spot. Check out the menu of Bleu here.

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Het Amsterdamse Proeflokaal

Het Amsterdamse Proeflokaal is a place where you can enjoy a great variety of dishes from Amsterdam, the Netherlands and places beyond the borders of Holland. During Christmas there will be three specialized course meals. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the sea of flavours! Check out the special Christmas menu here and choose between 4, 5 or 6 courses for your Christmas tasting!

Moon A'DAM Toren Amsterdam Welcome


A revolving restaurant located on the 19th floor of the A’DAM Tower.  Moon offers you a unique and fine dining experience with a spectacular 360-degrees panorama view over Amsterdam! During the Christmas days, Moon offers you a special menu. A luxurious 7 course dinner for €125,- per person. Besides the dinner there is also a fantastic Christmas 5 course lunch including amuses for €75,- per person. Check out more here.

Visit a museum


Rijksmuseum is one of the museums that is open over Christmas. The museum has made a special program for families of the holiday break. There is a family painting workshop, a family tour and a family expedition that takes you on a journey to a different age. You can also visit one of the current exhibitions such as Johan Maelwael, Matthijs Maris or Stateless by Anouk Steketee. Book tickets with fast-track entry online.

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Moco Museum (during Christmas 10 till 5)

Moco Museum is also open over Christmas. Visit one of the exhibitions about Roy Lichtenstein, Banksy or Salvador Dalí. Book tickets with fast-track entry online.

Royal Palace on Dam Square (open on 26th December)

Koninklijk paleis (Royal Palace on Dam Square) Amsterdam Welcome
The Royal Palace Amsterdam is in active use by the Dutch King Willem-Alexander and plays a major role during state visits, receptions, gala dinners and award ceremonies. Originally it was built as Amsterdam’s town hall, designed to reflect the power and wealth of the city. The palace is only open on the 26th of December which is in many countries not actually part of Christmas but in the Netherlands it is! Find your tickets online.

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Amsterdam Welcome whish you a merry Christmas and all the best for 2018! Keep an eye on our Facebookpage for more!

Maggie Bentvelzen


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