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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.

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.

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.

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.

Christmas Carols on the square at Dutch National Opera & Ballet: On December 16 at 3:30 to 4:30 PM there is a free Christmas concert in front of De Stopera (at the main entrance) with singers from the Koor van De Nationale Opera and the Nieuw Amsterdam Kinderkoor. There is free coffee, tea and hot chocolate and there is a small Christmas market including ‘poffertjes’!

4-course dinner at Jansz.: At restaurant Jansz you can go this year for a menu with beef tartar & crab with seaweed and cauliflower, cod with celeriac and watercress, venison with morels and Ras El Hanout and a Bûche de Noël.

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.

Boozy Christmas brunch at Prinz Wolf: To celebrate Second Christmas Day, you can go to Prinz Wolf for a Christmas brunch. Perfect to go out of the house with your family ór flee from family obligations ;-) Think of an all inclusive feast with oysters, cava, tartar, bites and fries for €55,- p.p.

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!

BEST restaurants that are open during christmas in Amsterdam 2017:

Looking for a place to eat out during Christmas? Check these places and book one of the last tables!

  1. Xampanyeria Centra
  2. Nacarat
  3. Restaurant Zuid
  4. Moon
  5. Café de Klepel
  6. MA’DAM
  7. Panache
  8. De Luwte
  9. Jansz
  10. The Duchess

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 spoile yourself with a beauty treatment or massage then 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!

Happy holidays!

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