6x Things to do during Christmas in Amsterdam
It’s Christmas time! With the fairytale-like houses, lights alongside the canals and loads of Christmas music, Amsterdam is ready for the Christmas festivities! There are so many places to see and events to go to during this time of the year. Therefore, we’ve made this blogs – Six things to do in Amsterdam.
Amsterdamse Winter Paradijs – RAI Amsterdam
From December 21st 2019 to January 5th 2020, the RAI Amsterdam will once again be transformed into your Ultimate Winter Experience! There is plenty to experience both during the day and evening. The Amsterdam Winter Paradise brings winter back to the city! Embark on a winter wonderland with real snow, cross-country skiing among the Christmas trees, enjoy curling with your friends on the ice rink or have a snowball fight with your friends or family. Roast your marshmallow over a crackling fire or go to the Christmas cinema for nostalgic Christmas classics.
The Amsterdams Winter Paradise has this and more to offer. Take a look and see what there is to experience! More info or tickets? Check out their website!
Amsterdam Light festival – Stromma
Christmas in Amsterdam is not complete without the Amsterdam Light Festival. With the realization of more than 240 works of art, 7 exhibitions and 5 million visitors since 2012(!), the Amsterdam Light Festival has become one of the leading light art festivals the world.
You can admire these works of art during a special canal cruise! Step aboard the boats of Stromma Amsterdam and experience the special route of the Amsterdam Light Festival! This 75-minute cruise goes through the beautiful illuminated canals of Amsterdam. The Amsterdam Light Festival consists of many light artworks that are all to be found throughout the city. It turns the Amsterdam city centre into a luminous spectacle in the coming weeks.
The cruise is available from the 28th of November 2019 until the 19th of January 2020, you can buy tickets via this link!
Go ice skating – Museum Plein
Since November, the Museumplein in Amsterdam has been transformed into the most beautiful ice experience in the Netherlands! ICE*Amsterdam is the best place where you, your friends and family can enjoy a hot mug of chocolate milk, take the most beautiful winter photos with the Rijksmuseum in the background and skate under a replica of the Skinny Bridge!
Would you rather stand on the sidelines? no problem! In addition to skating, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy yourself. Have a drink, shop on the Christmas market or just relax on the winter terrace. At Bistro IJsclub you can enjoy tasty hamburgers, melted cheeses or delicious sandwiches, all this while overlooking the winter activities! Together with friends, colleagues or family you can also look for the best Christmas gifts and enjoy crackling campfires and delicious winter delights, such as fresh, warm waffles. That is only the real winter feeling!
Want to visit ICE*Amsterdam? Visit is free of charge!
Feel the cold winter air during a 5D flight experience – THIS IS HOLLAND
We get it, it’s cold outside and you don’t want to be in an overcrowded Christmas market. No problem! At THIS IS HOLLAND you can enjoy an indoor 5D flight simulator! During the flight, you will get to see all of the highlights in Holland without leaving the building! At the end, you can even enjoy a delicious apple pie or a cup of coffee.
This attraction is perfect to visit with your friends or family, it’ll spice up your Christmas day with a never-done-before activity. Curious to find out more? You can find all the information and buy your tickets here.
Visit a Christmas market – Westergasfabriek
During the dark winter months, light glows at Westergas! And yes, the Westergas also has a real ice rink! Check the opening here.
The Vogue Christmas market and Funky Xmas market are also entirely in funky Christmas atmospheres, which means that you can buy all your Christmas gifts in one go! Not a big fan of Christmas markets? You can also snuggle up at the cozy Het Ketelhuis, to watch all your favourite Christmas movies! For the Little Christmas Lover, Circus Zanzara will land on their terrain again during the Christmas holiday, and the first editions of Westergasjes Woensdag On Ice is a fact! In short, no reason to stay indoors.
The Westergas is perfect to visit with friends, family and even children! The activities are available from December 6 to January 5, everyone is welcome for the most enjoyable time of the year!
Enjoy a Christmas concert – Concertgebouw
Christmas in Amsterdam is not complete without… music! Luckily the Concertgebouw offers some great Christmas concerts. With twinkling lights reflected in the canals, gorgeous concert halls and beautiful churches, Amsterdam is great for feeling festive and the concert schedule is packed accordingly. On Christmas Eve you can enjoy a special Christmas Eve service and on Christmas Day and Boxing Day the Concertgebouw provides you with various concerts at various locations throughout Amsterdam! You can check their full agenda here