Amsterdam in winter is a magic place to be, as the entire city transform into a lively fairy-tale. Several Christmas markets pop-up in important city spots, while thematic exhibitions are held and the winter parade is the most awaited event of the month. In December, Amsterdam`s canals lit up, as the houses positioned on their sides are decorated with colourful, cosy lights. So, if you are looking to have a unique Christmas experience, we encourage you to visit Amsterdam in December.
Amsterdam in December: to do list
#1 Attend the Christmas Market in Rembrandtplein
One of the most popular squares in Amsterdam, Rembrandtplein goes through a magical makeover each year in December. During the holiday season, you can attend here an authentic Christmas market.
You will find here authentic Dutch beverages and foods, gift ideas, hot chocolate, yet we advise you to not skip trying the most delicious traditional Dutch treat: poffertjes!
If you want to explore how other cities near Amsterdam prepare for Christmas, we recommend you try a private day trip from Amsterdam to Brussels. In around 10 hours, you will wander around the streets of Brussels with a private guide, whom will present this beautiful city in a manner you will never forget.
During this private tour, you will discover historical sites in the city centre of Brussels, along with many top tourist attractions, such as Grand palace, Mannenken Pis or Place de la Bourse square. Also, you will get the chance to do some Christmas shopping, as the schedule for this trip is flexible and can be adapted to your preferences.
#3 Don’t forget to try ice skating on Museumplein
The Museumplein in Amsterdam is transformed into an impressive ice-skating rink. From November to February, you can slide and have fun amongst locals and tourists that visit Amsterdam in December. It is the main attraction as it offers a splendid view over the Rijksmuseum, which will be decorated in a festive manner.
In addition, the rink is surrounded by Christmas Market stalls with plenty of warm drinks, snacks or foods to keep your energy levels up.
#4 Visit the Christmas exhibition in Amsterdam
Each year the Museum Willet-Holthuysen in Amsterdam organises a beautiful Christmas exhibit that you must admire if you happen to be in this city in December.
Abraham Willet-Holthuysen was a collector of glass, art and he was a bibliophile. Yet the main attraction of this museum is the special Christmas in Willet. This is an exhibit during which the house is ornated with several Christmas-inspired items. Moreover, each year a theme is followed, so you get the chance of experiencing the fairy-tale of the season in a different manner each year.
#5 Attend the Winter Parade in Amsterdam
Both locals and tourists look forward each year for the Winter Parade in Amsterdam. Starting with the 20th of December, a series of visions, meetings and get togethers are organises all over the city. In addition, each year has a theme inspired by a Danish tradition, making the overall experience even more appealing.
It is not a street show, not a circus, not a Christmas food event. The Winter Parade in Amsterdam is viewed as something that will tingle your senses and embrace you with the Christmas joy that spreads all over the world!