As I’m creating this new Weekend Guide for you, it’s only 12 days until Christmas Eve. I still find it bizarre how fast this month flies by. How you sometimes forget to enjoy all the lights in the city in the rush of work. Enjoying lights and a festive feel is something you can definitely do this weekend like no other, because there are several nice Christmas markets and of course the Amsterdam Light Festival. I’m also doing something super fun this weekend. What exactly? You can follow that on Instagram Stories! Have fun with the tips from this new Amsterdam Weekend Guide for December 13, 14 & 15. Happy weekend!
| SUNDAY FUN DAY: The new Fïnley Sunday Guide for December is also packed with the best tips for Christmas. For this festive month we give you 40 tips for activities and locations in the Netherlands for the perfect Sunday. From beautiful nature walks to the coolest (Christmas)markets and great hotspots for drinks with friends on your Sunday afternoon Click here for the December Guide >>
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10 X THE BEST TIPS FOR THIS WEEKEND IN AMSTERDAM
❶ Because there are so many great Christmas markets in Amsterdam to be found in December, we have listed them for you this weekend. Which one are you going to visit?
⋙ Find the nicest vintage treasures, second-hand and handmade gifts for the holidays on the Mercatormarkt Christmas market this weekend. Check out the Facebook page for more info >>
⋙ In addition to the nicest gifts, come and find the tastiest snacks at the Kesmarkt 2019. Also nice to know is that the proceeds from the market will go to charity this year! Check out the Facebook event for more information >>
⋙ A small winter Christmas paradise can be found this weekend on the Van der Helstplein during the Weihnachtsmarkt. Expect lots of good food, mulled wine, fire pits and music! Check out Facebook for more info >>
❷ Get into the Christmas mood in an active way, by losing some extra calories before all the dinners start again. This weekend you can do this in two very nice ways:
⋙ Get your bad Christmas sweater out of the closet for the Ugly Sweater Run of 5km. Expect a lot of Christmas fun, bad Christmas songs and fresh snow. Check the Facebook event for more info >>
⋙ Skating Santa’s during the Santa Skate. Are you joining for this skate tour through Amsterdam in a Santa suit or a bad Christmas sweater? Check Facebook for more info >>
| WINTER TIP: you can now book your tickets for the Amsterdam Light Festival with an early bird discount. Did you hear that there’s a new route? Fun to do with colleagues or friends! Score your tickets for the best time slots here >>
❸ With the cold weather we naturally want to be comfortable and stay nice and warm inside. But even better if we can do this in a cool hotspot somewhere downtown! Come to Meneer Nieges on Sunday to enjoy the many delicious meals, play some games with friends and most importantly: to get warm and cosy! Check Facebook for more info >>
❹ This weekend you can exchange your old clothes at the ‘In de Roos’ clothing swap & fix. For all those nice dresses you have laying around, but don’t wear anymore. Who knows, you might make someone else very happy with the stuff you don’t want anymore! Check the Facebook event for more info >>
|FOODIE TIP: Are you familiar with SurpriSeat? This restaurant platform turns going out to dinner into a real exciting event again. I highly recommend trying this out for a date night. For € 26,50 you can book a 2 course dinner in Amsterdam, Utrecht or Rotterdam. The restaurant you will be eating at is kept secret until a couple hours before dinner time. Want to experience this too? Use the code YLBB to get a € 7,50 discount on a surprise dinner for 2. Read more about it in this blogpost or make a reservation here for your own SurpriSeat >>
❺ Do you enjoy taking pictures? Then this is really fun to do! Come and follow a workshop on evening photography on Friday and learn how to make the most beautiful photos of the Amsterdam Light Festival. Check Facebook for more info >>
❻ The ultimate Christmas experience with the family: go for a ride through the city in the Vintage Santa Tram. To make it even more fun, Santa and his Fairies are also on board! Check out the Facebook event for more info >>
| TIP FOR EVERYONE THAT ENJOYS A GREAT MARKET: In this blog you read all about the 18 food markets you can visit this month!
❼ Start the weekend the right way with these Friday afternoon drinks. This week we gathered the best ones for you again:
⋙ Afterwork – Bar LELY // 5.30 – 11 PM
⋙ Proost in Oost – House of Watt // 5.30 – 10.30 PM
⋙ Holly Jolly Ultimate Office Christmas Party – Market 33 // 5 PM – 12 AM
❽ Already the latest edition again for Jazzport 2019. Come and enjoy the jazzy sounds that are played and sung by various artists who will be here to perform. For more info go to the Facebook page >>
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❾ Fiets DJ Marcel will turn your Sunday into a fun party again during the last edition of Hannekes Live, before they close for their renovation. Come dance to the great hits DJ Marcel will play for you. Check Facebook for more info >>
❿ This weekend you can score the tastiest oysters again, starting from € 1 during Oyster happy hour. These are the 3 nicest places to slurp some oysters during happy hour:
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