I always find this one of the nicest (and most busy!) weekends of the year. The perfect time to meet up with those good friends, put the finishing touches to your Christmas dinner and have a drink at one of the cozy Christmas markets. We are going to immerse ourselves in the Amsterdam Christmas vibes this weekend and do the Festive Afternoon Tea at the Waldorf. So much to look forward to! In this new Amsterdam Weekend Guide for December 20, 21 & 22 you can read all about fun things to do this weekend.
Starting Monday I’m taking a break until the new year and will only do what is really necessary. I especially want to enjoy the holidays with our little family! That is why we have created a mega Christmas and holiday file for you, so you can enjoy all that content in the next couple of weeks. Happy Holidays!
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| IN THE CHRISTMAS MOOD? 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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❶ Fancy a cozy and giant Christmas festival this weekend? The Amsterdam Winter Paradise (Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs) is back at the RAI from December 21 till January 5. Read all about it here and book your tickets >>
❷ On Saturday December 21 you can enjoy Jazzy sounds and a good view from the rooftop at Zoku at The Rooftop Jazz Club. Want to find out more? Check out the Facebook event >>
| WINTER TIP: have you seen the Amsterdam Light Festival yet? Fun to do with colleagues or friends! Score your tickets for the best time slots here >>
❸ Always fun: our favourite cheese shop Kef is organising a cheese tasting. During Winter Warmers at Kef you can try four beers that are matched with eight cheeses this Friday, for the best taste experience. Check out Facebook for more info >>
❹ A tradition in Amsterdam East! Celebrate the shortest day of the year with Glühwein, ‘snert’ (green pea soup) and hot chocolate on December 22 at Maxwell. And of course you can also stick around for a delicious cheese fondue afterwards! Check out the Facebook page 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!
❺ Feel like a party just before the holidays? On December 21 Valhalla festival can be found again in the RAI, where you can dance until the early hours. Check out the Facebook event for more info >>
❻ Oysters can of course not be skipped during this festive month. That is why we have listed the best oyster happy hours of this weekend where you can score oysters starting from € 1,-:
|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 >>
❼ One of the most fun things to do around Christmas is go to the Christmas Circus in Carré. This year, the World Circus is celebrating its 35th anniversary. With award-winning acts from all over the world, it promises to be a great show again. Look on Facebook for more info >>
❽ Do you want to buy wine for the holidays and do something fun with friends? Then go to the wine tasting at Chateau Amsterdam on December 21! Check out the Facebook event>>
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❾ This weekend you can shop the latest Christmas gifts, tasty products and more for the holidays, at these Christmas markets:
⋙ De Amsterdamsche kerstmarkt // all weekend long from 12 – 11 PM
⋙ Kleiburg Christmas Fair // Friday December 20 from 12 – 8 PM
⋙ Kerstmarkt Amsterdam // Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 of December, from 1 – 8 PM
⋙ O My Bag Amsterdam Christmas Store Event // Sunday December 22, from 12 – 5 PM
⋙ Pure Markt // Sunday December 22, from 11 AM – 5 PM
❿ Pimp your bike! On Sunday December 22 you can once again participate in the Amsterdam Light Parade and cycle along the Westerpark as a work of art. Check out Facebook for more info >>
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