Christmas Market 2018Late November to early January
Every year in December there is traditionally a big Christmas tree on the Dam square. This 20-meter high tree stands in front of the Royal Palace and is decorated with 40,000 energy-efficient LED lights. Together with the beautifully illuminated Bijenkorf they form the symbol of all festive activities organized in the month of December in Amsterdam.
The greatest place to skate a few laps, come to the ice rink at the Museumplein. The smoothest ice rink will be in front of the beautiful Rijksmuseum again, surrounded by cozy stalls with wintry refreshments. The ice rink is open from 18 November to 4 February 2018.
Also this year it's enjoy the beautiful Rembrandtplein. The ice rink will be setup in winter atmosphere again, just like every year. With the surrounding restaurants, the fresh oliebollen (a variety of dumpling), waffle and sausage stalls and of course the beautiful appearance of the Rembrandtplein itself which make this place the perfect winter experience. Winter Plaza on Rembrandtplein guarantees an unforgettable Dutch winter experience! Open until 7 January 2018.
Amsterdam Light Festival
The streets are decorated with many lights during Christmas in Amsterdam. But not only the streets light up. From 30 November 2017 to 21 January 2018 the canals will also be a beacon of light during the Amsterdam Light Festival. More than 35 artworks and installations from national and international artists decorate the canals in the city center of Amsterdam. Christmas in Amsterdam will be extra romantic and special during one of the Amsterdam Light Festival canal cruises. There are different departure points, so there is always one that fits your itinerary.
In December there are Christmas trees in all shapes and sizes for sale on the flower market. For the ultimate Christmas feeling there's Christmas Palace, Amsterdam's unique shop where the 365 days of the year is Christmas. Here you score easily a nice gift for under the tree.
World Christmas Circus
Featuring only the crème de la crème of the circus world, the internationally renowned World Christmas Circus returns to Amsterdam’s Royal Theatre Carré for a run of shows from 21 December 2017 to 7 January 2018.
Museumplein - Ice Village
On the Museumplein it is the Winter Market that sets up camp here during the winter months. Immerse yourself in the true Christmas spirit with many twinkling lights, festive music, gifts and treats. Open daily at 12:00 from December 20 to December 30, 2017.
Sip on mulled wine and strolls along the various booths to look for the perfect present for under the tree. Experience Christmas in this magical mini village, and indulge in a delicious 'oliebol'!