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What to do during Christmas in Amsterdam area?

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What to do during Christmas in Amsterdam area?


What to do during Christmas in Amsterdam and Amstelveen?


Let’s start with the question: who are you celebrating Christmas with? Your family of course! Life as an expat can be hard sometimes, especially at this time of year. Whether you are abroad or not, you should celebrate Christmas & New Year’s Eve together with your family and friends. So invite your family to stay over during the Christmas holidays at your ‘home away from home’ at Htel Serviced Apartments. Decorate the Christmas tree, cook together and enjoy the lovely Christmas days. To make their (and your) stay even more special we have selected a few festive activities in and around Amsterdam and Amstelveen. May your Christmas be bright and cheerful and may the New Year begin on a prosperous note.

1. Celebrate Christmas with your family and friends

When your family and friends are coming over for Christmas you should visit one of the many Christmas Markets in Amsterdam area and buy them a little Christmas present too. The Htel team has selected one of the most festive Christmas Markets in Amsterdam area.


Funky Xmas market at the Westergasfabriek

What: Gifts, Food, Music and hot cocoa, the perfect Christmas market!

When: Sunday 13 December from 12:00 till 18:00

Where: Westergasfabriek, Polonceaukade 27 in Amsterdam

Christmas fair at Landgoed Keukenhof

What: One of the largest Christmas markets in the Netherlands

When: Saturday 12 December 11:00 – 22:00, Sunday 13 December 11:00 – 18:00

Where: Landgoed Keukenhof, Keukenhof 1 2161 AN Lisse

Go to the Pure Wintermarkt at the Amstelpark

What: For organic and sustainable gifts you should head to the Pure Wintermarkt!

When: Sunday 13 & 20 December, from 11:00 till 17:00

Where: Amstelpark, Arent Janszoon Ernststraat 1 in Amsterdam

Scandinavian Christmas Market at the Muiderkerk

What: Scandinavian craft and design, handmade decorations and enjoy warm winter drinks and food.

When: Saturday 12 from 11:00 – 18:00, Sunday 13 December from 13:00 – 18:00.

Where: Muiderkerk, Linnaeusstraat 37 in Amsterdam

Winter market at the Rembrandt Square

What: The bustling square is filled with traditional wooden chalets. Enjoy a festive night out including drinks, food and music.

When: Until 3 January 2016, everyday open till 00:00

Where: Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam

Avondmarkt Christmas

What: Christmas evening market at a hip industrial complex

When: Friday 18 December & Saturday 19 December from 17:00

Where: Amsterdam Roest, Czaar Peterstraat in Amsterdam


2. Go ice skating in one of the Christmas villages

Every year when the temperatures starts to drop, the Dutch hope that the water of the canals, the ponds and the lakes will freeze so they can go ice skating outdoors. In case the water won’t freeze this year, don’t worry: there are enough spots to go ice skating.


ICE* Amsterdam at the Museumplein

When in Amsterdam you should visit the ice skating rank on the Museumplein

Ice skating with ‘Koek en Zopie’ in Amstelveen

In Amstelveen you can go ice skating including ‘koek & zopie’.

Location: Laan Nieuwer Amstel 1A

Ice skating rink at the Leidseplein

Untill 10 January 2016 you can enjoy the winter wonderland on the Leidseplein including an ice rank, small Christmas market and winter drinks & food.

Jaap Eden – Ice skating centre

The Jaap Eden ice skating rink is one of the best known and largest ice skating centres in the Netherlands. There is an indoor rink, outdoor rink and a beginner’s corner.


3. Amsterdam Light Festival

Every year in November, December and January the streets and waterways of Amsterdam are decorated with the most beautiful light illustrations. The sculptures of are designed by national and international artists. At Htel we recommend the special Amsterdam Light Festival evening cruises. Check out Rederij Lovers and the Canal Company.


4. Celebrate New Year’s in Amsterdam

Start the New Year fresh and celebrate the past with your dearest. As the clock strikes midnight, the city will light up as the fireworks are set off all over the city. If you are up for a good party, you should check out one of the many parties in Amsterdam.


Celebrate the New Year with ‘oliebollen’

While in the Netherlands during New Year’s Eve, you cannot celebrate it without a platter of ‘oliebollen’ and a glass of champagne. Oliebollen are dough balls which are deep-fried in hot oil and covered in powdered sugar.

Check out the fire works

If you want to check out the organized fireworks you should go early to one of the touristic squares: Leidseplein, Dam square, Nieuwmarkt or Remplandtplein. Make sure you are early if you want a spot with a good view. These areas are really crowded, for a more quieter spot, pick any bridge on the main canals and watch the sky.

New Year’s parties in Amsterdam

Check out this list with the greatest NYE parties in Amsterdam

As you can see there are enough things to do in this festive season! Enjoy it together with friends and family.


We wish you a merry Christmas and happy New Year.


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