Christmas Market 2023


Put on your skates, wrap the kids up in their winter coats, and gather your loveliest mates; the cosiest days of the year are just around the corner! We've listed the 6 best Christmas markets in Amsterdam for those looking to snap up a unique Christmas gift, leisurely stroll around Christmas stalls, or take a romantic boat tour along the canals during the Amsterdam Light Festival.

Top 6 Christmas Markets in Amsterdam

1) Ice Village

Every December, a small Christmas Market is set up in front of the Rijksmuseum at the Museumplein in Amsterdam. Sip on mulled wine and shop at various stalls for the perfect presents to go under the Christmas tree. In the cosy winter chalets, you'll discover all sorts of trinkets, Christmas accessories, live entertainment, and food that's finger-licking good. If you're feeling active, you can even pause your Christmas shopping for a spin around the ice rink.

2) Amsterdam Light Festival

During Christmas in Amsterdam, the canals will be a beacon of light during the Amsterdam Light Festival. Dozens of artworks and installations from national and international artists decorate the canals in the centre of Amsterdam. There are multiple departure points, so there's always one that fits your itinerary.

3) Funky Xmas Market

In December, the well-known Sunday Market gets decked out for the Funky Xmas Market. As usual, you can browse stalls for artisanal products, quirky home accessories, homemade sweets, savoury dishes, and unique gifts. Don't forget to take a breather and enjoy some live music and a cup of hot chocolate in between.

4) Pure Markt Winter Market

Whether you want to shop for Christmas dinner or simply fancy a leisurely stroll and some tasty treats, you'll find the freshest and purest products at the wintry edition of the Pure Markt in Amsterdam. There are multiple editions of the Winter Market in the atmospheric Park Frankendael.

5) Museum Market Festive Edition

There's an annual festive Christmas edition of the Museum Market at the Museumplein near the Rijksmuseum. This monthly market is known for its unique products from (Dutch) designers. And of course, music, food, and drink are not lacking. During the festive edition, you'll find an abundance of unique gifts for the holidays.

6) The Amsterdam Winter Paradise

The RAI (indoor & outdoor) is once again transformed into the go-to place for your ultimate winter experience in Amsterdam. Both during the day and in the evening, there's plenty to do. You can skate on both the indoor and outdoor rinks, go cross-country skiing, curling, or if you're not really planning on exerting yourself, you can head to the après-ski, take a ride on the Ferris wheel, go to the cinema or theatre, or listen to live performances. In short, it promises to be a great time at the Amsterdam Winter Paradise.