During the cold and dark December days, Amsterdam has enough ways to warm you up. December is all about celebrating with family and friends; stroll over the Christmas markets, roast marshmallows by the fireplace or go ice-skating – discover the Amsterdam winter feeling together! Find out all the details about the December events below:

Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs

Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs is the epitome of Christmas cheer and offers all the good that December has to offer; from ice-skating to roasting marshmallows by the fireplace and from enjoying the ultimate city view in the – 50 meters high – Ferris wheel to snowball fights. Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs brings together enchanting sounds, twinkling lights, festive flavors and lots of fun for all ages. For more information visit the website.

When: December 21 – December 30
Where: In and around RAI Convention Centre

Amsterdam Light Festival

“The Medium is the Message” – this year’s theme captions the famous statement by the Canadian scientist Marshall McLuhan. The 30+ light installations throughout the city embrace the idea behind McLuhan’s statement; the medium is more important than the message itself. An exhibition that can be enjoyed by bike, foot or our personal favorite… by boat! For more information and tickets, please visit the website.

When: November 29, 2018 – January 20, 2019
Where: Canal belts of Amsterdam

Ice-skating on Museum Square

Although Amsterdam isn’t known for its traditional Christmas markets, Ice*Amsterdam on Museumplein makes for a good alternative – complete with an outdoor ice-skating rink, market stalls and festive food & drink offerings. And all of this with the most magical backdrop of Amsterdam; the Rijksmuseum.

In the month December, Museumplein (Museum Square) will transform into an Amsterdam Christmas village. Take the opportunity to skate under (the replica of) the Skinny Bridge on the ice rank to complete the Amsterdam winter feeling. After the skate session there is no better way to warm yourself up than in the après ski bar with a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of mulled wine… or two! This popular all ages event is worth a visit!

When: November 17, 2018 – February 3, 2019
Where: Museum Square

New Year’s Eve

What’s the perfect recipe to celebrate the New Year, you ask? Champagne and fireworks! And for the best fireworks experience, we suggest the spectacular firework show on the “Kop van Java”, that can be seen from several locations in the city center. This show is free of charge and really provides the most impressive light show in the city.

Want to enjoy a festive feast in a typical Amsterdam setting before watching the fireworks? Restaurant Jansz. offers a special four course menu for the occasion. Please visit the Jansz. website to view the menu and make a reservation.

When: December 31
Where: Kop van Java and Jansz.

Four reasons to visit Amsterdam in November

As the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, November is the perfect time to discover Amsterdam’s many museums, cosy pubs and brightly lit shopping streets. Not to mention our hearty Dutch cuisine guaranteed to warm you up. Check out these four reasons why you should book your ticket for November below:

Museum Night

This annual recurring event, which happens to be very popular among locals, allows you to see Amsterdam’s museums after dark. Cool, right? Workshops, concerts, special tours and performances are organized especially for the occasion. With over 50 participating museums, we suggest renting a bike to see as many museums as possible. Tickets are available via the Museum Night website a few weeks prior to the event. It’s a popular event, so make sure you don’t miss out!

When: November 3rd
Where: In several museums all over town

PAN Amsterdam

Looking to expand your art collection or simply admire thousands of pieces of art? Then PAN Amsterdam is the place to be for you from November 18th until November 25th. Whether you’re interested in antiques, old masters, photography, contemporary art, decorative objects or designer furniture – you’ll find it here. For more information, please visit the PAN website.

When: November 18 – 25
Where: RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, Europaplein 24

Oliebollen

If warm, airy, doughnut-like balls covered in powdered sugar aren’t reason enough to visit Amsterdam, we don’t know what is! This Dutch delicacy is traditionally served on New Year’s Eve, but is available in bulk during the months leading up to New Year’s as well. You’ll find them in the brightly colored mobile stalls around town.

When: All month
Where: Several mobile vendors & bakeries all over town

Christmas Shopping

With the holiday season right around the corner – well almost, not quite yet – there’s no better way to get in the festive mood than brightly lit shopping streets and glittering warehouses. And since it’s never too early to start Christmas shopping, you might as well start in November, right? From the picturesque Nine Streets and trendy Utrechtsestraat to the high-end PC Hooftstraat and luxury warehouse de Bijenkorf, Amsterdam caters to every style.

Need some help picking out the perfect look or presents? Pulitzer Amsterdam has partnered up with de Bijenkorf, the most premium department store of the Netherlands and a legendary shopping experience since 1870,  to offer guests an exclusive Christmas shopping package, featuring a three-night stay at the Pulitzer Amsterdam including breakfast and a bespoke personal shopping experience (worth €300 per person) at de Bijenkorf. For more information, please contact Pulitzer Amsterdam’s reservation department via +31(0)20 523 52 35 or on reservations@pulitzeramsterdam.com.

When: All month
Where: Various locations in Amsterdam, including Pulitzer Amsterdam & de Bijenkorf

While the streets are changing into the colors of autumn, the city is full of events. October is all about moving and challenging body, mind and spirit; a month where outside activities make way for indoor events. Let us tell you why Amsterdam is the perfect escape in October:

Amsterdam Dance Event

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is thé gateway to the international electronic music scene. With more than 350.000 visitors in 2017 and over 120 different locations throughout the city, ADE is the leading electronic music platform and the biggest club festival in the world. For more information about this 5-day event, please visit https://www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl/

When: October 17 – 21
Where: Various locations in Amsterdam

TCS Amsterdam Marathon

Running lovers, brace yourselves for the biggest running event in Amsterdam! On October 21st, the TCS Amsterdam Marathon will make its way through Amsterdam – from the Olympic Stadion, along some of the city’s biggest landmarks and back to the Olympic Stadium. Whether you participate or cheer on the runners, the vibes are festive – with cheering spectators, DJ’s and vocal delights along the entire route of the course. For more information, please visit the website: http://www.tcsamsterdammarathon.nl/en/

When: October 21
Where: Olympic Stadium Amsterdam

KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival

A big fan of animation movies? And then we don’t mean Walt Disney animation (although those are amazing too), but top-quality animated films from “artists new and old, traditional and groundbreaking”. This year’s theme is “State of Mind”, so be prepared to open your mind and expand your horizons. For more info & tickets: http://www.klik.amsterdam/

When: October 10 – 14
Where: EYE Amsterdam

Amsterdam Music Festival – AMF

Are you curious who will become the number one DJ according to DJ Mag Top 100 and want to experience this live? You might want to jot down this date: October 20th. In addition to performances from some of the best DJ’s in the world, you can expect a highly unique Two is One act by David Guetta and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Both DJ’s have once had the title of #1 DJ in the world and now belong to the absolute top of the international dance scene. For more information and tickets, please visit https://amf-festival.com/

When: October 20
Where: Johan Cruijff Arena Amsterdam

Photo: Coen van Tartwijk