December, the most magical time of the year! Create wonderful memories by visiting the following happenings in Amsterdam this month:

Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs
Find yourself in a true winter wonderland! The event is everything you can imagine it to be: from ice skating to après-ski and a Ferris wheel. You can even admire the one and only Coca-Cola Christmas Truck! Furthermore, magician Dion can’t wait to show you all his magic and illusions at the Magic Winter Theater. Find out all activities and more information here.

When: In and around Amsterdam RAI.
Where: December 21 – January 5

ICE*Amsterdam
This winter, Museum Square will not only attract the crowd for its iconic museums! ICE*Amsterdam offers the unique chance to ice skate with the idyllic setting of the beautiful Rijksmuseum building. If you’d rather watch the spectacle from outside the rink, you can stroll around the market stalls or warm yourself up with a hot chocolate in Brasserie Winter! See their website for the details.

When: November 16 – February 2
Where: Museum Square

Amsterdamsche Kerstmarkt
Avoid the crowded streets in the city center and go to this lovely in- and outdoor Christmas market to find the perfect Christmas gift.Besides the market stalls, you can go ice-skating, play board games or take the stage at the Christmas karaoke! Tip: bring your own mug for some glühwein or hot chocolate! This popular all ages event is worth a visit. Click here to see their website.

When: December 20-23
Where: Westergasfabriek

New Year’s Eve
For a banging start of the new year, visit the fireworks show at the Kop van Java, with the spectacular view of the VOC-shop and the Maritime museum. Don’t miss out on the traditional Dutch delicacy the ‘oliebol’. For the most festive celebrations, visit the Nieuwmarkt or Rembrandt square to party until the morning comes. Click here for all new year’s parties in town. Happy new year!

When: December 31
Where: All over Amsterdam

Photo by: Amsterdamsche Kerstmarkt.