Christmas Market 2020Late November to early January
Put on your ice skates, get the kids in their winter coats and drum up your best friends; the best days of the year are just around the corner! We've listed the 7 best Christmas markets in Amsterdam for those who want to buy a unique Christmas present, have a lovely stroll along Christmas stalls or make a romantic tour through the canals during the Amsterdam Light Festival!
Top 5 Christmas markets in Amsterdam
1) Ice Village
A small Christmas Market is held every December in front of the Rijksmuseum at the Museumplein in Amsterdam. You will discover all kinds of gadgets, Christmas accessories, live entertainment and finger-licking food in the cozy winter chalets. Sports enthusiasts can even take a break from their Christmas shopping for a round on the ice rink.
2) Amsterdam Christmas Market
Inside the Westergas in Amsterdam North, a wonderful Christmas Market is waiting to be discovered. Find the perfect Christmas gifts and have them gift-wrapped. After shopping, listen to live music while enjoying a special beer or take the kids with you for the special children's program.
When: Friday 20 December to Monday 23 December 2019
Visiting hours: 12:00-01:00 hrs
Where: Westergas, Polonceaukade 27
The streets are decorated with many lights during Christmas in Amsterdam during the Amsterdam Light Festival. But not only the streets light up. Dozens of artworks and installations from national and international artists decorate the canals in the city center of Amsterdam. There are different departure points, so there is always one that fits your itinerary.
4) Funky Xmas Market
In December, the famous Sunday Market will be given a festive look for the Funky Xmas Market. As usual, you can search the stalls for craft products, witty interior accessories, homemade sweets, savory dishes and original gifts. Don't forget to catch your breath while enjoying live music and a cup of hot chocolate.
When: Sunday 15 December 2019
Visiting hours: 12:00-18:00 hrs
Where: Westergas, Polonceaukade 27
5) Pure Market Winter Market
For if you want to do some shopping for Christmas dinner or just want to stroll around and buy some food. At the winter edition of Pure Markt you will find the most delicious fresh and pure products. There are several editions of the Winter Market in the atmospheric Park Frankendael.
When: Sunday 24 November and Sunday 22 December 2019
Visiting hours: 11:00-17:00 hrs
Where: Park Frankendael
6) The Amsterdam Winter Paradise
The RAI (in- & outdoor) will be transformed once again into your Ultimate Winter experience in Amsterdam. There is plenty to do, both during the day and in the evening. You can skate on both the indoor and outdoor track, do some cross-country skiing, curling, or if you're not really planning on being active, you can visit the après-ski, take a ride on the Ferris wheel, go to the cinema or the theatre, or listen to the live music. In short, Amsterdam's Winter Paradise promises to be a great place to be.
7) Museum Market Festive Edition
There is a festive Christmas edition of the Museum Market every year. This monthly market is known for its unique products by (Dutch) designers. Music, a snack and a drink are also available. During the festive edition, you will find plenty of special gifts for the holidays.
Top 6 Christmas markets near Amsterdam
Take your wish list with you and swap Amsterdam for a day out at one of these magical Christmas markets in the area. In addition to an infinite range of special gifts, you can also enjoy all kinds of festive delicacies. Enjoy, shop and sniff around.
1) Christmas Market Haarlem
Jump on the sled to Haarlem. Your Christmas adventure starts in Haarlem, where its historic center and old canals add an extra touch of magic. The traditional Haarlem Christmas Market puts a smile on the face of visitors of all ages. Treat yourself with festive sweets, buy handmade gifts and enjoy carols sung by a choir in between.
2) Winter Village Stadshart Amstelveen
Shopping in the heart of Amstelveen. For six weeks, lovers of the holiday season will be able to enjoy themselves in Amstelveen. From the beginning of December to the beginning of February, Stadsplein is the centerpiece of a spacious, but above all very cozy Christmas Market. With a cozy terrace, ice rink and sixty stalls with gifts, winter and Christmas items.
When: Saturday 7 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020
Where: Stadshart Amstelveen, Rembrandtweg 41a, Amstelveen
Public transport: ±50 min. / ±9,1 km
3) Floating Christmas Market, Leiden
Visit the only Christmas Market on water. In Leiden you will find the winter miracle weeks on the only floating Christmas Market in the Netherlands. For 12 days, the Christmas will turn the city center into a charming place to be. There are canal cruises and an ice rink, which is of obviously on the water as well!
4) Winterfair Alkmaar
Visit the enchanting Winterfair. Get ready for an enchanting Christmas. Visit the streets of Alkmaar's Old Town, decorated with Christmas trees and lights, and immerse yourself in a cheerful Christmas atmosphere. You'll find winter delicacies, impressive gifts and live performances.
5) Royal Christmas Fair, The Hague
You can soak up the atmosphere, smell and ultimate Christmas feeling in December in the Dutch political capital. Come and listen to one of the many storytellers and children's choirs. The Lange Voorhout is full of cozy stalls with flammkuchen, wood carvings and winter coats.
6) Christmas Market Dordrecht
With over 200 stalls, food and music, the Dordtse Kerstmarkt is the largest Christmas Market in the Netherlands. Have a look at the lives of craftsmen of yesteryear. Watch the silversmith make his jewelry, smell the delicious smell of freshly baked bread and watch and listen to the etching of a wooden statue. Or admire the living nativity scene and sing along with the choir. We understand why the Christmas Market in Dordrecht is one of the coziest in the Netherlands!
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