christmas in amsterdam


10 x tips you really want to do this Christmas

20 December 2015

DOn’t know what to do this christmas in Amsterdam? we give tips!

Are you free this Christmas? And do you feel like doing something fun on these special days of the year? We’ve found a lot of activities to do this Christmas in Amsterdam for you! Do you want to get that typical wintery feeling? Go ice-skating at the Museumplein! End your day here with a hot choc or a glühwein :-) Another very special thing to do are visiting the light artworks in the Canal District of Amsterdam. See, there is enough to do! We give you the 10 x tips you really want to do this Christmas in Amsterdam >> Merry Christmas!

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amsterdam light festival 2015

>> Amsterdam Light Festival >> YOU WANT TO DO THIS DURING CHRISTMAS

The Canal District of Amsterdam will be in the spotlights during Amsterdam Light Festival. Light artists place the most beautiful artworks in the city. Do you want to see the artworks up close?  Book a ferry ride. Surprise your love with a ferry ride to start a beautiful Christmas together!
Read the extensive blog about Amsterdam Light Festival >>


>> classical music in a warehouse >> YOU WANT TO DO THIS DURING CHRISTMAS

These days you don’t celebrate Christmas eve in a church but in a warehouse! Amsterdam Roest is organising a warm and classical Christmas night: Classical music in a warehouse. The Camerata RCO (members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) will play the stars of the night.
Read more about Amsterdam Roest >>

wintercircus Carree in Amsterdam

 >> World christmas circus in Carre >> YOU WANT TO DO THIS DURING CHRISTMAS

The World Christmas circus in Carre in Amsterdam East is the ultimate Christmas experience. This year they celebrate their 31st edition, so make sure you don’t miss it! This circus is the most rewarded Christmas circus ever! Four acts won the Oscar of the circus world. The perfect opportunity to surprise your loved ones with over Christmas!


Don’t you feel like having a standard Christmas dinner? The Winterparade in the Westerpark is your solution. Everyone sits together around a 120 meter long table. What to expect? Theatre, food, coziness, nice drinks, dancing and music! The whole evening will be filled with entertainment. And as a great finishing off you can dance on the table at the end of the night, fun!

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christmas village on ice

>> Christmas Village on Ice >> YOU WANT TO DO THIS DURING CHRISTMAS

Like every year the Museumplein will also this year be the stage for the ice-skating rink. For a real Christmas feeling you put on your ice skates and do a dance on the ice. Don’t feel like ice-skating? You can also just drink glühwein in the Christmas Village on Ice :-)


After the success in Groningen this Christmas special is now for the first time to see in Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam! The NNT Christmas special promises a lot of intimate acts and hilarious tricks. The live circus band, horses, baby giraffes, singers and the contortionist will transform the theatre into a magical Christmas show.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

>> Anish Kapoor & Rembrandt >> YOU WANT TO DO THIS DURING CHRISTMAS

Anish Kapoor is famous for his enormous image installations. He made painting sculptures in the tradition of Rembrandt which you can observe now in the hall of fame of the Rijksmuseum. So do you feel like doing something cultural this Christmas? The Rijksmuseum is open during Christmas!
Read the extensive blog about the Rijksmuseum here >>

>> exposition Young Love >> YOU WANT TO DO THIS DURING CHRISTMAS

Photographer Karen Rosetzky has a really cool collection in the Hoxton gallery: Young Love!  She shows photos of the last 3 years from Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, New Orleans, Willemstad, Prague, Cape town and Paris. And because Christmas is all about love and being together this expo is perfect to visit these days! Also nice: drink a cocktail afterwards in the bar of the Hoxton Hotel in the centre of Amsterdam.
Read the extensive blog about the Hoxton Hotel here >>

the sixties


The globalisation we know today started in the sixties. Go back in time with the expo in the Tropenmuseum: The Sixties. Clothes of Jimmy Hendrix that he wore at a concert are here on show!  Tip: have a drink afterwards at the just renovated Cafe de Tropen.
Read the extensive blog about The Sixties here >>

>> Wintercircus Amsterdam Rai >> YOU WANT TO DO THIS DURING CHRISTMAS

The Wintercircus Amsterdam Rai might not be as traditional and famous as the circus in Carre but it’s a recommendation to visit it for sure! The best artists of the wirld give acté the presence in the Rai during a spectacular show. Think air acrobats, trapeze artists and jugglers. Enjoy!

PSSSST… have you seen our other new lists yet?
>> 7 x hotspots on the Wibautstraat in Amsterdam East
>> 13 x restaurants with Bib Gourmand
>> 11 x free things to do in Amsterdam


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Anne de Buck

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