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Events & Exhibitions Calendar December – What’s on in Amsterdam

Events & Exhibitions Calendar December – What’s on in Amsterdam

Event Calendar December - To Do Amsterdam - Amsterdam Welcome

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… When I read this quote I hear Andy Williams singing in my head.

December is a month of joy, happiness, and to finish what you started.
There will be al lot of things happening in the city so let’s start making some new memories today!


Find out all things to do in December in our monthly Amsterdam Welcome event calendar


Amsterdam Light Festival:

From the 29th November 2018 until the 20th of January 2019, experience Amsterdam in a different light. Literally. This year, The Amsterdam Light Festival’s theme is ‘the Medium is the Message’, the famous statement by Canadian scientist Marshall McLuhan. The role of light in conveying a message and the city of Amsterdam as a medium for telling stories are central to this edition. This Water Colors Cruise is on for a limited time only.

The Amsterdam Light Festival consists of over 40 sculptures covered in twinkling lights, dotted throughout the city. They’ll be illuminating the waterfront from this winter, turning the city into a flickering wonderland. This is one of the best times to take a canal boat tour of Amsterdam.

TIP: Do you want the best view of the Amsterdam Light Festival? Book a seat in an open of covered boat an do a 75 minutes cruise through the canals of Amsterdam with the special Water Color Cruise arangement!
More information

Christmas Markets:

Ice Amsterdam - Amsterdam Welcome

©Ice Amsterdam

22nd and 23th of December – Christmas market Amsterdam – NDSM

Christmas shopping during the night? That might be impossible, BUT at the ”Amsterdamsche Christmas market” everything seems possible! In the industrial atmosphere of the old NDSM wharf you can shop, watch some Christmas movies and test creativity with the DIY workshops.

Friday 22 december: 15:00 – 01:00
Saturday 23 december: 12:00 – 01:00
De Kromhouthal
Gedempt Hamerkanaal 231 1021 KP Amsterdam

15 December – Sissy-Boy Christmas market – Amsterdam North

Sissy-Boy, a famous Dutch conceptstore will organise a special Christmas Market this year. It will return with a market at there head-office in Amsterdam North! The theme is ”Journey of Wonders” let’s get ready for a lot off Glitter and Glamour!

Sissy-Boy Kerstmarkt,
Aambeeldstraat 34,

16 December – Funky X-Mas Market – Westergasfabriek

The place for your funky Xmas will return again this year! For the 10th year running you will find lots of beautiful stands full of original creations. Of course there is great food & drink (mulled wine), live music and more…

12:00 – 18:00
Polonceaukade 27,



22 December – Valhalla – RAI Amsterdam

Valhalla is back! This yearly event in Amsterdam will make December even more special. Take out your dancing shoes and dance the night away.
Valhalla Festival is a house and techno festival in Amsterdam. The festival takes place at the RAI Amsterdam and is the most incredible night circus in Amsterdam. They describe it as ‘a magical myth for anyone who dares to believe’. Every year, Valhalle festival presents an enviable line-up with groundbreaking talents, with which Valhalla is certainly confirmed as a party tradition of the capital. All night … Valhalla festival!

Valhalla - To do Amsterdam - Amsterdam Welcome decmeber

©Niels de Vries

20 – 22 December and 25-29 December – Winter Parade – Zuiderkerk

For the first time the Zuiderkerk will organize a big Christmas diner for everyone! A table of 120 meters is the symbol of solidarity, happiness, freedom and peace. The chefs and the waitresses climb together with the artists to prepare and serve your meal. During dinner we present a full program and the evening is festively closed by the Silent Disco, with a dance on the table!

21 – 30 December – Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs – RAI Amsterdam

What gives us that typical winter feeling? Right, ice skating, sledding, glühwein and if there is fresh snow then a snowball fight can not be missed. During the Christmas holidays you can do this every day in the RAI Amsterdam during the Amsterdamse Winterparadijs. With an ice rink of more than 2,200 square meters, the largest temporary ice rink of the Netherlands is also presenting on this amazing winter festival! In short, if you are in Amsterdam during the period of 21 – 30 December, you can not miss a visit to the Amsterdamse Winterparadijs!
Fore more information and tickets click here


IamArt: Dutch Masters till 31 December – Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

Visit Madame Tussauds Amsterdam and embark on an interactive experience with the greatest artists that ever existed. Art has never been so much fun! The new ‘IamArt’ will allow you to form part of the unique art produced by Dutch Masters like Piet Mondriaan, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt van Rijn. Get lost in one of Escher’s paintings and produce your own work of art in Herman Brood’s studio. Come face to face with great artists like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and accompany Mona Lisa in one of the best known masterpieces ever created. #IAMART


Gauguin and Laval on Martinique till 13 January 2019 – Van Gogh Museum

What would you do if you are uninspired? Then you take some time off and will look for distractions, as did artist friends Paul Gauguin and Charles Laval. In 1887 they traveled to the Caribbean island, Martinique, and made some wonderful works there. The warm and colorful paintings can still be seen in the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam until January 13th 2019.

Rembrandt in Paris till 6 January 2019 – Museum Rembrandthuis

Rembrandt, perhaps the best-known artist of all time! Discovered the influence that he showed even 200 years after his death in French 19th century art.From elegant French ladies, Parisian cityscapes, impressive landscapes and artistic posters, all this beautiful etching can now be seen in the Rembrandt house.

80 years’war. The Birth of the Netherlands till 20th of January 2019 – Rijksmuseum

This year is the 450th anniversary of the outbreak of the Eighty Years’ War, and to mark the event the Rijksmuseum is holding an exhibition entitled ’80 Years’ War. The Birth of the Netherlands’. From 12 October 2018 to 20 January 2019, satirical cartoons, items of clothing, weapons and paintings by Bruegel, Rubens and Ter Borch will be our ‘eyewitnesses’, telling the story of how the Dutch nation was born.

Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam Welcome

© Mandy van Barneveld

Where Orphans used to play till 31th of December – Amsterdam Museum

The Amsterdam Museum is located in one of the Netherlands’ oldest and most well-known orphanages. From 1580 to 1960, tens of thousands of children grew up in this historical piece of Amsterdam, in 1975, it was transformed into a museum. The Amsterdam Museum presents ‘Where orphans used to play’ a rich history of the former orphanage, including articles and images about the orphanage as well as interviews with orphans. When you have visited this exhibition, the museum and this piece of Amsterdam would never be the same.


Make it a December to remember

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