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THE ultimate Christmas Guide for Amsterdam with the best tips for the holidays

Tips for Christmas in Amsterdam: the best things to do in one blog

Christmas in Amsterdam. Maybe my favourite week of the year. But there are so many things to decide! Do you celebrate it with family, friends, your lover and maybe not at all? And are you cooking at home or do you want to go out for dinner? Big parties or a small event? To help you make up your mind I made this blog with fun things to do in Amsterdam. I think it’s such a special period! All the lights in the city and the delicious winter menus at the restaurants. Love it!

I can’t wait to spend some time in cosy Amsterdam the coming days. So read on and discover what you can do on December 24, 25 and 26 december 2017 in Amsterdam. And at the bottom of this blog I’m also sharing some tips for New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam. Happy holidays!

To do’s during Christmas | Christmas in Amsterdam 2017

Amsterdam Light Festival: The Amsterdam Light Festival is nice to check out. Walk the route and discover all the light scuptures along the canals. Or make a special boat tour over the canals to see everything from the water. Make it a perfect romantic night and bring your own gluhwein while exploring the city.

The beautiful Hortus Botanicus is open for a couple of dates at night during the Winter. You can get a tour of the magical lighted garden, a three course dinner or just stop by for only a drink. The Hortus By Light is great to do on a romantic evening with your lover!

De Amsterdamse Winter Parade: The RAI will change from December 21 until January 1 in a true Christmas walhalla. A gigantic Christmas market will be organized this year where you can get that ultimate Christmas feeling. Expect square kilometers full of Christmas balls, ‘oliebollen’, angel hair, Christmas men, a lot of Christmas lights and hot chocolate milk.

And have you heard that the curling track at Floor 17 has opened again?

Visit the inner gardens of Pulitzer Amsterdam: Curious about the tallest Christmas trees in Amsterdam? Visit the indoor gardens of the Pulitzer and enjoy a winter cocktail, heaters, blankets and even heated cushions.

On Christmas Eve you can visit the Oosterpark just before dinner and participate in a Christmas walk. You experience the story of Christmas in this beautiful park while enjoying a hot chocolate. Also very fun to do with your kids. Good to know: the entrance is free and it starts at 6.30PM. Check the Facebook event here.

Ice skating at the Museum square: Do you want to go ICE skating during Christmas? ICE Amsterdam is open during Christmas (check their opening times before you go) and at Museumplein you also find the Christmas markets with food and crafts.

Visit museums: Most museums in Amsterdam are open year round. For example the Rijksmuseum is open 365 days a year and Het Stedelijk museum is also open on December 25 and 26. Het Tropenmuseum is open both December 24 and 26. And if you want to go to Moco Museum you can also do that during Christmas. Check the opening times before you go because they might be different for the holidays.

Klassiek in de Loods: Classic music for the elderly? Not at all! Every year on Christmas Eve there’s a classical music concert at a different location to attract a younger audience and let them get to know classic music. This year the location is the Gashouder. Fun fact: Everyone with the name ‘Maria’ gets to enter for free. Check out the Facebook event here.

Dinner at the Winterparade: What about dining at a super long table while you’re entertained with dance, theater and music? Check out the Winterparade at the Zuiderkerk in Amsterdam. Until December 30.

Find out how Christmas was celebrated in the 19th century: Museum Willet-Holthuysen will show in the exhibition that opens this Saturday how the wealthy married couple Willet celebrated Christmas in the 19th century. In their imposing city palace on the Herengracht, his dining room, ballroom and garden room are transformed into the Christmas spheres of that time.

Winter Village (Amstelveen): A bit further away, but nice! From November 29 to January 7, the Stadsplein in Amstelveen will be transformed into an atmospheric Christmas market. With a cozy terrace, an ice rink and sixty stalls with gift, winter and Christmas things.

Enjoy the Amsterdam Light Festival from the water: With the Gs light boat you sail past the most beautiful artworks of the Amsterdam Light Festival. Drink a delicious wine while looking at the stars under a blanket. This is winter!

For whoever secretly doesn’t feel like going out at all, we’ve made two more fun lists. One with the 15 best Christmas movies of all times and the series you want to have seen in 2017 (and are perfect to binge watch over Christmas)

BEST restaurants that are open during christmas in Amsterdam 2017:

Looking for a restaurant that’s open during the Christmas days? If you’re quick, you might be able to score a table here! To make it a little bit easier for you we’ve made two lists with restaurants you can go to during Christmas in Amsterdam:

  • Lovely to do in the winter, having brunch in the Vondelpark, which stays one of the most beautiful parks of Amsterdam. At Vondelpark3 they serve a delicious Christmas lunch all days of Christmas. Fun to do with family or friends after a fresh winter walk.
  • Extra festive! At The Duchess you’re welcome every afternoon up until December 31 for a very special afternoon tea. This restaurant, that just got his first Michelin star, hosts a Holiday Afternoon Tea from 12PM. The most colourful macarons, several kinds of champagne and red velvet cake.. Yum! You can book a reservation via their  site.
  • Boozy Christmas brunch at Prinz WolfTo really celebrate second day of Christmas and take your family, or perhaps to avoid all the family obligations, Prinz Wolf will host a Christmas brunch! In a cozy Christmas vibe with the best jingles, Prinz Wolf provides an all inclusive festivity with oysters, cava, tartare, bites and fries for €55,- per person.

best parties on december 24, 25 + 26 2017:

Chin Chin Christmas Madness
Where: Chin Chin Club
When: December 24
Tickets: start Tuesday November 16
Info: check the facebook-event

Felix @ Sexyland – Het Grote Kerstmisverstand
Where: Sociëteit Sexyland
When: December 24
Tickets: € 5,-, here available
Info: check the facebook-event

Check more Christmas parties in this list!

GET READY for the holidays at these beauty spots:

Looking for a quick beauty fix before the holidays start? These are my favourite beauty addresses in Amsterdam. And make sure to book asap as of course it’s a very busy period for all of them with the holidays.

Sense beauty & lifestyle: thé place in Amsterdam for shellac, manicures, pedicures, but also spray tan, eye brows and other beauty treatments.
Het Massagehuys: for everyone who wants to forget the workweek within 1 hour.
Delete: I hate the pain, but the next day you forget all about that and are happy with the result. And so is your lover! Male or female!
Haartheater: Have your hair done at the new Haartheater in the Beethovenstraat. New at this location is the big beauty shop where you can go for the quick fixes as manicures, eyebrow treatments, small facial treatments to de-stress, hand and foot massages and of course much more.
Skins: And when you want to spoil yourself with a beauty treatment or massage, Skins is great! And don’t forget your swim suit to relax in the sauna and enjoy the pool!

christmas shopping in Amsterdam 2017:

New Christmas outfit: Looking for a new outfit to steal the show during Christmas? Visit our favourite fashion stores in Amsterdam with, among others, Essentiel and Fabienne Chapot!
Gift shopping: Do you have to buy last minute Christmas gifts? Here are 19 tips for fun concept stores in Amsterdam, or check our list of gifts for men, kids and women!

Would you like to get a tree for in your house? These 7 Christmas tree addresses have the most beautiful ones. And of course for the pretty things you want to hang IN the tree you’d have to visit these Christmas departments in Amsterdam.

Wil jij nog een kerstboom scoren voor thuis? Dan scoor je bij deze 7 kerstboom adressen de mooiste exemplaren. En voor iets moois voor IN de boom wil je deze kerstafdelingen in Amsterdam niet missen.

Happy holidays!

TIP: discover more Amsterdam and travel tips in my books THE AMSTERDAM CITY GUIDE & WANDERLUST!

WITH LOVE,
ANNE

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