UberTREES is back to deliver your Christmas Tree!

You gotta be quick but if you open your UBER app between 12pm and 8pm on the 13th and 14th of December, you get a quality Nordmann Christmas Tree delivered right at your doorstep!

It’s the perfect solution if you’re a busy parent or hate the drive to the store where all the needles fall into your car. Just sit back and relax, take a sip of  your hot chocolate and wait for your doorbel to ring! UBER and Dutch D.I.Y store Praxis collaborate for this special occasion. The tree costs €30,- and is 1,75 meter high and about 2 meters wide. The offer is valid for Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Den Haag.

Oh, and this year it’s an extra sweet deal because The Urban Bakery will include a small tasty gift that you can hang into your tree..

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UberTREES is back!

HOW IT WORKS

  1. Open or download the Uber app for Iphone or Android
  2. Between 12pm – 8pm on the 13th & 14th of December, request the UberTREES banner at the bottom of your screen
  3. Enter the location where you want your tree to be delivered and you’ll have a tree, stand, delivered to your front door within minutes!
  4. Keep in mind, availability will be very limited, so be quick!

For more info and to see the video check: www.newsroom.uber.com

Love,

Elke


New in Amsterdam! Wine Yoga

Some combinations are a real match made in heaven! What about the mix of yoga and wine? Stop daydreamin’, recently it became reality in Amsterdam. The ladies of Girls Who Drink had spotted this trend in the USA. They guessed it was the right time to introduce it in the Netherlands, my credits to the way they were thinking! And so, it happened…I was one of the lucky ones who was present at the very first Dutch ‘posing & pouring event’ in the brand new hotspot House of Watt – a new one for on by Food Bucket List.

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The lovely ladies behind Girls Who Drink

Wine Yoga Event Amsterdam
According to the GWD-ladies yoga is a serious affair, but wine can make the sport enthusiasts looser and smoother. The two together makes it doubly relaxing. During the wine yoga event I was welcomed with a glass Faber bubbles. Ever heard of it? It’s a totally alcohol-free wine with 50% less calories than normal wines. I really liked my first sip, didn’t thought there wasn’t alcohol in it, good job. With a tipsy head exercising a downward-facing dog wasn’t going to happen. And yes, no hangover the next day!

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Faber bubbles

Best of both worlds
The wine yoga class was taught by two Holistic Movement teachers: Stijn de Jongh and Dennis van Miltenburg. Professional ánd handsome yoga fanatics.. lots of girls were on cloud nine I tell you! We started with a short meditation, followed by some animal movements – wow that was tough– and a couple of simple yoga exercises with and without a wine glass so you can get your balance right. The hour went by so fast. Afterwards, there was some time to chitchat with the others and enjoy the nibbles and some alcohol-free cocktails. I could really get used to this way of doing my moves. Absolutely give it a try!

Bottoms Up!

Sharmaine

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*Sharmaine is one of our guest bloggers from the Netherlands with a sweet tooth. The sweeter, the better! She no kitchen princess so she’s always in search for the best hotspots in Amsterdam! You can expect an article from her once a month! Check her out on @sharriefromsandmountains!

11 x Wanderlust Christmas Gift Ideas 2017

We always love writing these kind of articles because it get’s me right into the Christmas spirit! Whether you’re looking for a gift for him or her, these Wanderlust Christmas gifts are all you need if you’re a frequent traveler, or not. 

Carry-On Suitcase by Thule
We have gone through a bunch of suitcases in our lives but it wasn’t until we got this suitcase at a travel related press, when we realized we just found the best carry-on suitcase ever. It’s stylish and perfect for a business trip or weekend break. Why do we love it so much? Well, it has different compartments so you can easily pack your shoes or dirty laundry. The divided compartment can be removed or you can change it in height, which is super easy and a real plus for us. It’s also light, compact and has a piggyback strap where you can easily hang an extra bag onto. It’s not cheap but believe us, it’s worth the €259,-. Find out where you can buy yours at www.thule.com

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It may look like nothing special but think again!

The New Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III
It’s not a secret that we stick by Olympus for the best travel content. If you are a beginning photographer that wants to take things a little more serious, this camera is going to be the Christmas present you really want to get in your stockings. Why is the new Olympus OM-D so great? These are some of the features:

  • UHD 4K video capture (3820 x 2160 resolution)
  • 16MP image sensor (same as previous OMD), but with updated processor TruePic VIII, the same processor used in E-M1 Mark II
  • Improved image stabilisation (which was already spot on)
  • New Cluster AF points selection
  • Simplified menu and shortcuts
  • Viewfinder, and tilted screen for perfect photo’s from above
  • As easy to use as a smartphone

Enough reason to tell Santa you’ve been good this year! The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is available for €799,-.

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Loving the new Olympus OM-D!

Kindred Spirits Socks
Wanna stay warm this winter and bring a bit of color in your life? These winter socks from Kindred Spirits are your musthave. Pick your favorite because the socks have various colored traditional patterns. One size fits all and every pair is handmade! Never get cold feet again. Get them for €19,95,- at www.thekindreds.com

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Anywhere Travel Guide
This is a funny gift for anyone that is a traveler. Perfect for that friend who is going away for a couple of months and seeking new adventure. With these card, they get assignments and set new travel goals. The Anywhere Travel Guide is a unique mix of concrete actions and whimsical prompts—from ”Ask the next person you meet where his/her favorite street is. Go there” to ”Write down what you like about this city on a small piece of paper. Leave it where someone else will find it later”—Anywhere encourages users to see things differently while discovering both new and familiar places. It’s also not too expensive, for €12,- it’s yours.

DIY Soap Scrub or Cream
Dry skin and winter go hand in hand, unfortunately. Thank god for scrubs and body cream’s! At DIY Soap you can create your own scrub with coffee, salt, or sugar. Add some almond or coconut oil and top it with the most amazing scents like lavender, roses or cinnamon. No time to pass by the store in Amsterdam? You can buy several hand-created scrubs and creams online. Another nice fact: all the ingredients are organic and natural! To learn more about DIY Soap, check this article. Order a product at the webshop until the 31st of December and receive a 10% discount if you use code: DIYCHRISTMASwww.diysoap.nl

DIY Soap

Atelier Des Femmes
If you are on Instagram, you must have seen the insta-famous velvet bandeau pass by. Ateliers des Femmes has become extremely on demand these last couple of months and we love it too! Well, new Christmas colors have arrived and 2 new item designs for the holidays; The French Beret and Le Manchons to complete your look. Shop it here or pass by the store in Amsterdam.

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The musthaves for this season!

Noise Canceling Headphones by AGK
There are a few annoying things you can experience on planes but one of them is screaming kids or a snoring person near your seat. The AKG noise-cancelling headphones are the solution. Or you can use it for the gym, or not. Whatever, they are great and plus a great gift for your (boy)friend! www.akg.com

Vondels Christmas Decorations
Pimping your Christmas Tree 3.0? With the decorations from Vondels, your Christmas Tree is one of a kind. Vondels is actually an Amsterdam-based Christmas brand and it was founded in 2015 and now sells to more than 20 countries worldwide! Donuts, candy, pineapples, coffee cups, birds and many more sparkling options are available. A perfect gift for the holidays if you ask us! www.vondels.com

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How cute are these!

Book tip: Thuisblijven is duurder by Jelmer de Boer
This book isn’t out yet but we already know it’s going to be briljant. Jelmer de Boer is a guy that doesn’t take life or himself too serious and he thinks you shouldn’t either! He wrote a book about eating cake and having a sixpack once, but this book is all about travel. In this book he’s going to tell you exactly how to score the cheapest flights. He flew to Bali for free, to Hawaï for 409 euro and the list goes on. Learn the secret and pre-order the book here for when it comes out on the 31st of January!

Luxury Sheets by JOARZ
Eco-friendly, honest, luxurious and yet very affordable, that’s what JOARZ stands for. New on the market but already taking it by storm. What makes JOARZ extra special? While most luxury cotton is created with a thread density of 200 per inch: a softer and finer cotton product than “normal” cotton, their products are made of eco-friendly cotton with a wire density of 300 per inch! The difference between standard cotton and JOARZ cotton is very tangible: more ‘crisp’ and softer like sleeping in a luxury hotel bed. www.joarz.com

Joarz sheets

Personalized Sweater by Believe the Hype
It’s one of the coolest jumpers to wear right now. Even Doutzen Kroes has been spotted wearing one! We’ve had 2 Wander-Lust jumpers made and we’ll be snuggling in front of the fireplace with these :-) Also check out their Christmas sweaters, now online! Shop

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Merry Fu*king Christmas y’all

Love,

Wander-Lust

The Antwerp City Guide by Wander-Lust

If you live in the Netherlands, Antwerp is the perfect place to escape to for a city break, especially during the wintertime! We’ve been there many times and checked out some of the best spots for you to enjoy food, drinks and more. Here’s our Antwerp City Guide!

How to get there
Well, you have 2 options and they are both as easy. You can take the train or you can go by car. Both options take around the same time (2 hours) but we prefer the train because you can chill, look out of the window and you will arrive at one of the most beautiful and impressive trains stations in Europe. A  return train ticket from Amsterdam to Antwerp will cost around 30 -40 euro. If you go by car, you might arrive earlier but if you are unlucky, you will get caught in slow traffic and your trip might take up to 3 hours plus you will have to pay for parking.

“This Antwerp City Guide is for wanderers who love food, shops and exploring”

Antwerp City Guide

Where To Eat?
The most important question of course! Well, in Antwerp you won’t be short of food choices. Especially lunch! There are so many hotspots around that we can’t mention them all, but these are our favorites!
» Tinsel, some say that you can get the best breakfast in town here. Tinsel is located near the water where you will find tons of other restaurants. www.tinsel.be
» Native Bio Bistro, This hidden pearl is by far our favorite lunch spot in Antwerp. This bistro serves fresh, original, and good quality food. It’s organic, locally produced with sustainable ingredients, this is Native! Vegan and organic food lovers will love this place! During the summer they open a very nice terrace. www.native.bio
» Bubble Waffle, located in the Mercado foodcourt, this tasty waffle stand awesome! Go here if you feel like something sweet. www.bubblewaffle.be
» Divers, a smoothie-bowl bar for your healthy cravings. Great for some Instagram worthy pics, if that’s what your after. They are located in the Volkstraat 9.
»De Broers van Julienne, when we need to grab a quick and healthy bite, we go here. In a side street of the Kammenstraat – with lots of boutiques – you will find this small cute little restaurant. You can take away the best quiches, soups,  salads and other warm healthy dishes. Besides that, they sell oil, wine, coffee, juices and other delicatessen. They  also offer catering and cook workshops.
» Raw Salad Company, unfortunately they’ve closed their doors in Antwerp but they promised to be back soon with a new location. The name gives it away. Raw salads galore. The salads are extremely tasty and fill you up enough to get on with your day. They also sell juices, wraps, cakes and other healthy snacks. We will keep you updated if they open a shop.
» Umami
, fine dining Japanese style. They restyled not long ago and you can eat amazing Dim Sum here. www.umami-antwerp.be

» Il Famosi, this is by far the best Italian restaurant in Antwerp. Go here for a romantic dinner and if you want more than just pizza.

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From left till right: Raw, Umamian and Il Famosi

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Bubble Waffle from Mecado (source) and Divers (photo’s by David Plas)

Where To Drink Coffee?
» Mirlo’s, the coffee is great and the location is cute. They also serve breakfast and lunch and it’s all homemade. www.mirlos.be
» Buchbar, surrounded by literature and stories, this coffee bar is different than others. Owned by actress Kim Hertogs, you can feel the passion for books, women empowerment and people. Find more info about this special spot on their website.
» Butchers Coffee, located in a former butcher, this trendy coffee bar takes the coffee business serious and are planning to create their own coffee blend. If the sun is out, you can sit outside on the benches. You can find it on the Kasteelstraat 57.
» Caffenation, self blended coffee and probably the oldest one in Belgium as they started more than 13 years ago. Besides the coffee it’s also a shop and a great place to hang out. www.caffenation.be
» Texas Coffee, for pink latte’s and coffee served in an ice-cream cone! 

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Coffee and brunch at Mirlo’s

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Pink latte at Texas Coffee

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The Buchbar

Where to Shop & Stroll?
You have many options in Antwerp when it comes to shopping. No matter what type of person you are, there will be a shopping district that will suit your needs. We have selected 3 area’s that we love.
» Kammenstraat & Kloosterstraat, these 2 streets in South Antwerp offer vintage, exclusive boutiques, living and alternative shops. While most shops are closed on Sunday, the kloosterstraat is one of the only streets open from around 12pm.
» Het Eilandje, this is especially great during summer because you can find a lot of outside patio’s here. Worth mentioning is the MAS Museum where they have many exhibitions on display. The museum is set next to the little harbor and owns a large rooftop which has free entrance.
» De Volkstraat, go here for boutiques, concept stores, perfume and coffee.

» The Meir, this is Antwerp’s highstreet. Although it’s not our favorite place to shop, we need to mention it because here you will find all the shops you need. From Zara, Mango, Levi’s, it’s all here. The street is beautiful but always busy. Watch your purse and don’t stay too long!

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The MAS Museum at “Het Eilandje”. Source

Where To Sleep?
Somehow we always end up in the same hotels. Never change a winning team! These are our 3 favorite places to stay.

» Hotel Franq, is a new kid on the block and super cool! Just recently opened in October, the building used to be a bank and you can still find the big safe intact which is now being converted into a gym. When you enter the impressive foyer, you almost forget you set foot in a hotel. The rooms are stylish and have a large bathroom with rain showers. When it’s nice weather, you can sit outside in the garden overlooking an old victorian house. www.hotelfranq.com

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Hotel Franq

» Hotel Les Nuits, we love boutique hotels and this hotel is one of the cutest ones out there! All 21 rooms are designed a bit different but have the same style and feature impressive en-suites. They have recently changed their reception area and removed their suites rooms which is a shame because I really loved those but this way the hotel is more compact and fits better together. Breakfast is great and the location is great! Book a room here!

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Breakfast in bed at Hotel Les Nuits

» Banks, another great hotel at a very central location. It’s modern and a great place to meet people downstairs. Oh, and they also have a rooftop terrace so this is a great option during the summer. Then again, you will be out exploring Antwerp..;-) Book your stay here.

So are you planning your next tip to Antwerp yet? ;-) 

Love,

Wander-Lust

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Back in Amsterdam » Modern Asian Cuisine, Umami by Han

If you love Asian food, you’re going to be pleased about the return of Umami by Han in Amsterdam. The restaurant concept was first brought to live in Utrecht with then many restaurants to follow. Amsterdam used to have a all you can eat location on the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal but this closed 2 years ago due to a difference in vision between Michelin chef Han (known from Michelin Star HanTing Cuisine in Den Haag) and his business partner.

The Concept
Now, Han’s original concept returns  back with the modern Asian dining experience that is all about the Umami philosophy. The word Umami is all about keeping different flavours in balance. The tastes of sweet, salty, bitter and sour are familiar to us, but there is a fifth taste we can perceive with our tongue, umami. Its taste has been described as rounded, rich and savoury. It’s usually matched with salt to add depth and complexity to foods that may lack depth and complexity on their own. “If you take ginger for example, your body actually needs something to balance it out, this could be cucumber.” We try to implement this to all our dishes” Chi, the restaurant manager tells me.

The Overtoom
The location is something you may have been before. At the beginning of the Overtoom, where concept store Friday Next used to be. They have completely changed it and you won’t believe your eyes. The restaurant is deep and spacious, with a Asian style bar at the entrance. The open kitchen looks amazing and the latern lights plus Asian wall art completes the look & feel. The restaurant is also open during the day for a quick business lunch or à la card meal, but you can also walk in for a coffee or glass of wine.

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The open kitchen

Bar Umami by han, Amsterdam

The Menu
You can choose between the 3-course Social Dining Menu for €27,50 or the Menu Gastronomique for €31,95. You can find signature dishes like Teriyaki Chicken, Bangkok Prawns or Orange Duck, alongside Truffle Paksoi, Spicy Eggplant or Little Gem. You can order an extra course for an additional 8 euro per dish. Deserts are available for only €5,- and the menu consists of Matcha Cake, Pandan Créme Brûlée or a Choco Brownie, yum!

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Beautiful balanced food for a small price

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Scallops à la Umami by Han

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This desert is ready to be eaten!

I can’t believe that a modern Asian cuisine can be so good and yet so affordable! Get your hungry ass over here, cause this place is of of the best food discoveries of this month!

Umami
Overtoom 31H, Amsterdam
020-2801379
Website

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8 x tips for an Amazing Citytrip to Leeuwarden

Especially in autumn and winter time it’s a big YES for me to plan some extra citytrips. Sometimes to refuel my energy level, sometimes to discover new places. For sure I love to book a ticket to a sunny far far away gem, but what about our own lovely homeland? Together with a friend I jumped into the car and drove to Leeuwarden! Bye bye hustle and bustle of Amsterdam, hello hello fresh air, calmness and…Fries suikerbrood #dontcountcalories. 

In 2018 Leeuwarden-Fryslân has been chosen as the cultural capital of Europe

What to do in Leeuwarden
Okay, Leeuwarden isn’t that big, but it has such a variety of activities for you. A short selection of my highlights:

Explore the North
Let’s kick-off with the cultural festival Explore the North. In 2018 Leeuwarden-Fryslân will be the cultural capital of Europe, so cool! And that, that means this city has a lot in store – click here to take a look what to expect in 2018. As a sneak peek for this happening, they recently organised Explore the North, whereby the historic city centre is used as a stage for music, literature, visual art and other creative excesses. Liked the concept to plunge into a super creative world. I got my eye on the masterclass of Chassol (The inspiring French all-rounder who makes albums with sounds of self-produced film material), the Noord Nederlands Orkest and the fabulous Friday night show of comic Meindert Talma. Although I have an art academy background, sometimes the artistic experiences were a little too whiny for me. It’s purely a matter of taste. Despite this I’m really looking forward to the cultural capital year 2018, go for it Leeuwarden! www.explore-the-north.nl

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Explore the North in November. Photo by xannevera

Street art tour Leeuwarden
Another noteworthy tip is the street art tour. Great way to start your day, especially after a heavy breakfast. In 1,5 hours, you learn more about the interesting city background. I loved the fact the talk was a perfect combi of historical and temporary facts. Guide Henk Leutscher and his team make so much fun of it! Check it out: a Guide to Leeuwarden.

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Street art Leeuwarden style, love it!

Hemrica House of Flowers Leeuwarden
This flower, fashion and interior shop in one surprised me completely. It wouldn’t be out of place in Amsterdam. Lots of trendy stuff to pamper yourself, be prepared shopaholics!

Leeuwarden: a natural beauty
And if you want to escape the city for a while, please, please, please explore the raw and wonderful natural surroundings of Leeuwarden! Next time, I definitely want to have a pitstop there.

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Where to eat in Leeuwarden

Roast Leeuwarden
Must-try hotspot Roast Leeuwarden. Located in the middle of the city centre, this recently opened cozy lunch, dinner and drink spot is one to remember. Really like the fact they’ve put together a very diverse and continually changing menu for every budget. Their signature dish: chicken. But no worries veggies and vegans, there’s also so much appetizing food for you. I ordered the tender bavette with lots of colours on the side and – for sure – the chocolate overloaded dessert, which were both so yummy. Oh, and they’ve got two really cool tables with table taps, a perfect way to trigger your inner bartender haha! roastleeuwarden.nl

Laura en de chef
Another spot which was highlighted to me was Laura en de chef. This breakfast and lunch hotspot just works with fresh ingredients and is figuratively allergic for E-numbers and other chemical stuff. I ordered a well-filled French toast and a fresh juice, you got me! www.lauraendechef.nl

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Sit back and enjoy @ Laura en de chef

De Neushoorn
My guide Henk told me about this must-visit…and he was right. It’s kind of a magical and vibrant place where music meets dance meets film. Visit one of the performances or feel free to pop by for a laid-back beer.

Where to stay in Leeuwarden
Last but not least, in case you’re thinking about a citytrip to Leeuwarden, definitely book a room at the charming Post Plaza****. They invited me to stay and for sure I said ‘yes’. To be honest, I’ve nothing but praise. Especially the hospitality and extravaganza wakey wakey breakfast with everything a sweet tooth with a bit of a sleepyhead wants …suikerbrood. Do I need to say more?

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Hotel Post Plaza

Explore the Friesland region and Leeuwarden if you get the chance!

Love,

Sharmaine

*Sharmaine is one of our guest bloggers from the Netherlands with a sweet tooth. The sweeter, the better! She no kitchen princess so she’s always in search for the best hotspots in Amsterdam! You can expect an article from her once a month! Check her out on @sharriefromsandmountains!

This couple’s moody selfie is the funniest you will see today

When Dutch couple Ivo and Karen starting posting “moody” selfies on Facebook, they probably didn’t realise their new selfie photos and video’s would be picked up by the media. But it did and we’re happy about it because we think it’s hilarious! 

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Having “fun” in Bankok

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Moody selfies in Korea

We discovered that we enjoyed making fun of the standard selfies we see on social media nowadays. – Ivo Aarts

The couple travels around the world posing with people from all nationalities and many will actually join in! Cooking classes in Thailand, making friends in Korea or spending time at airports.  All is posted on their Instagram called the Neutral Channel. (hence the name?) Oh, and they also bought a house recently.. you’ve guessed it. They absolutely loved it. 

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Utterly exited about the new house.

You can follow their moody adventures on Instagram!

Love,

Elke

Christmas in London » Off the tourist track

Christmas in London without (a lot of) tourists? It is possible! Here are the top 5 tips to avoid the crowd and enjoy the most beautiful city of Europe during Christmas season.

Oxford Street Lights
When to go? After dinner 9-10 pm in soho, pop into Oxford street for a stroll
Oxford is not to missed during Christmas time. Switching on the lights is always a big event to kick off the festive season. From The Spice Girls back in the day to Rita Ora this year, turning on the lights is a big thing! Even if you’re not into shopping, it’s worth walking around for a bit. Take the Tube to Oxford Circus or Baker Street.

Carnaby street
When to go? After the shops close around 9-10 pm.
If you are at Oxford street, don’t miss the Carnaby street lights! There are some great pubs around to have a beer, grab a bite at Kingly Kourt and enjoy these colourful neon disco lights.

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Christmas in London is not complete without seeing the lights! Source

Winter wonderland
When to go? Before 5pm on a weekday
Every year a part of Hyde Park is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Perfect to drink mulled wine and have fun in one of the rides. My favourite is the Bavarian village, make sure you’re early to grab a spot or book a table. Every night there is a German singer for all your guilty pleasures, so grab a pint and sing along! www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

Winterville
When to go? Any time!
Is Winter Wonderland still too much for you? Go to Winterville! It’s basically the hipster version of Winter Wonderland, this year hosted in hip and happening Clapham. Grab the London Underground with a couple of friends and enjoy! www.winterville.co.uk

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Colombia road
When to go? Wednesday night in December
It doesn’t get more British than this. Make sure you’re at Colombia road on 6, 13 or 20 December where you can enjoy late night shopping and best of all, a piano moves down the street and stops to sing Christmas carols with the locals, hosted by the local vicar. A magical Christmas in London! www.columbiaroad.info

Extra Tip: Not feeling it to go into the cold? Check out the Backyard Cinema or Pop-Up Screens around the city to see where they play a Christmas movie and snuggle up.

Happy Holidays!

Jantine

*Jantine is a hip hop & cheese enthusiast and a city girl with a love for everything local. After having explored everything there is in Amsterdam while living there, London became her new playground. Her best days are spent exploring the city off the grid, into neighborhoods where you can eat, drink, dance and chat with locals and become one yourself. She will write for Wander-Lust on a monthly basis where she will tip you about the places to be in London! Follow her on Instagram @jantinevanbloois.

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Amsterdam Event Calendar December 2017

Finally! It’s cold enough to wear those comfy jackets and order yourself a big cup of hot chocolate (with whipped cream of course!) You may have seen our article where we highlight 16 Christmas events, markets and ice-rings so for the full list, check that out! For all the other events and the ones we love most, read on! Here’s the Amsterdam Event Calendar for December 2017:

Amsterdam Light Festival
When? 20th of November until 

What? The canals of Amsterdam light up
Stunning objects float, hang or stand in and around the canals of Amsterdam. Things really start to get interesting when it get’s dark and the art objects light up. Visitors from all over the world come to this special festival. You can walk the route or experience a boat tour. amsterdamlightfestival.com

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Amsterdam Light Festival

Sample Sale Crispy Sheets
When? 1st & 2nd of December, nieuwe herengracht 91a

What? One of the nicest bedsheets is having a huge sale!
Stunning and extremely comfy bedsheet brand is finally having a sample that goes up to 80% discounts! www.crispsheets.nl

Scandinavian Christmas Market
When? 1st & 2nd of December, Muiderkerk
Get into the Scandinavian spirit with this special market where you can knit and make decorations for “jul”: the wheel of time that spins the year into lighter days. The market is not complete without some real Scandinavian flavours (like cookies) of course! Facebook

Sunday Market Sinterklaas Edition
When? 3rd of December, Westergas
What? Every 1st Sunday of the month
Lot’s of stands and this edition will be full of sweets, sinterklaas and local goods. Bring your kids!

Sunday Market

Het Ware Noorden Licht Festival – Opening
When? 2nd of December, De Ceuvel from 4pm
What? Storytelling, campfire and cozyness
Creatives come together and enjoy each others company while telling stories, playing music and the opening of pretty light installations. Facebook

Festival Jan Eef
When? 9th of December, Jan Evertsestraat
What? Street festival in Amsterdam West
It’s the 6th edition already where the Jan Evertsestraat is a transformed into a theatre, cabaret and music street. You can see 3 different theater pieces of 30 minutes each at various locations in the street. Tickets cost between 15 and 17,50 and you can get them here

Let it Glow Christmas Brunch
When? 10th of December, Zwart Amsterdam
What? Beautiful vegan sisters are hosting the last vegan brunch of the year!
For €32,50 you will enjoy a 3-course vegan menu, a short seminar and a Glow With The Glow magazine with recipes and tips. There are still a few spots available so hurry up if you want to taste some amazing vegan food! Get your ticket here.

Go with the glow Christmas brunch

Sissy Boy Christmas Market
When? 10th of December, Amstelveld
What? One of the best and hip Christmas markets of the year
We need to mention this market again in our calendar. This is one of the winter markets we are looking forward to the most! Besides the usual Sissy-Boy fashion, interior and accessories, you can also enjoy glühwein, live music, nice food and of course many different stands with all your winter wannahaves!  To find out which brands you can find at this years market, check the Facebook event.

sissy Boy Kerstmarkt, Amsterdam Christmas Events 2017

Professional Networking Dinner hosted by Expat Republic
When? 14th of December, Market 33 at 6pm
What? Expand your professional as well as personal network whilst enjoying good food.
This event is about connecting you with folks who can be of assistance and vice versa. International urban food court located at the Zuidas. Entrance is free but everyone pays for their own consumption at the bar. Register here!

Neighbourhood Food Market 13
When? 16th & 17th of December, Westergasfabriek
What? The friendliest market of this month!
Food, stands, and walking into to your neighbour perhaps? We always like this market and it’s easy going, for young and old and affordable!

Vahalla Festival
When? 23rd of December, Rai
What? Electronic Music Festival (indoor)
The line-up is pretty impressive so perhaps this is a nice Christmas party to spend your money on. DJ’s like Fritz Kalkbrenner, Speedy J, Kölsch and Hot Since ’82 are there to make you dance throughout the night. www.valhallafestival.nl

Enjoy December!

Love,

Wander-Lust

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16 x Amsterdam Christmas Events 2017!

We need to accept that winter is here and here to stay for a while so we might as well enjoy it right? Okok, we are both more the sunny-30 degrees-palmtrees-beach-types, BUT we loooove the Christmas season and anything that has anything to do with it. Yep, we can already smell the glühwein, hot chocolade and see the flickering lights. We did a little research for you so you don’t have to. These are by far the best Amsterdam Christmas Events for this year!

Scandinavian Christmas Market
When? 1st & 2nd of December, Muiderkerk
Get into the Scandinavian spirit with this special market where you can knit and make decorations for “jul”: the wheel of time that spins the year into lighter days. The market is not complete without some real Scandinavian flavours (like cookies) of course! Facebook

Sissy Boy Christmas Market
When? 10th of December, Amstelveld
This is one of the winter markets we are looking forward to the most! Besides the usual Sissy-Boy fashion, interior and accessories, you can also enjoy glühwein, live music, nice food and of course many different stands with all your winter wannahaves!  To find out which brands you can find at this years market, check the Facebook event.

sissy Boy Kerstmarkt, Amsterdam Christmas Events 2017

Pure Winter Market at Amstel & Frankendael Park
When?  10th & 17th of December
Go here for your organic and fairtrade Christmas products. Local produce and goods make this one of the nicest Christmas Markets in Amsterdam and one of a kind. These are the last Pure Market before heading into 2018 so grab your winter coat and check this one out. 

Sunday Market Funky Christmas Edition
When? 10th of December, Westergas
Every 1st Sunday of the month you will find the Sunday Market at the Westergas area in Amsterdam. The Christmas edition is by far the best one because it get’s you right in the Christmas spirit! 

Amsterdam Christmas Events 2017

Ruige Kerstmarkt 2017
When? 16th of December, Ruigoord
It´s that time of the year again..! Buckle up for two days X-mas shopping Ruigoord style :) About 30 stands with handmade, art, fashion, lifestyle & spirituality, food, fire, glühwine, kids activities and who knows what else.. Partially indoor!  And best of all, Entrance is free! Facebook.

Museum Market Christmas Edition
When?  17th of December, Museumsquare
Every third Sunday of the Month, the Museumplein will be filled with stylish stands full of design. In between the main museums around the pond you can meet the (Dutch) designers yourself, shop for their products and enjoy the great food and atmosphere. Info

Amsterdam Christmas Events 2017

Christmas Market at Floor 17
When? 16th & 17th of December
High up, on the rooftop of Floor 17, you will find this special and cozy Christmas Market.Chef Michiel van der Kroon will take care of the bites and funky Christmas tunes will be playing. Like last year, there will also be a curling track where visitors can try their best curling skills! Entrance is free! www.floor17.nl

Floor 17 christmas market

Amsterdamsche Kerstmarkt
When? 22nd – 23rd of December, Kromhouthal, Amsterdam North
A cozy indoor Christmas market that should not be ignored! Lot’s of cute stands only 5 euro entrance! The market has a variety of cool and hip brands on display. There will be music and theatre so great for kids and adults and a good excuse to head to the Northside! Amsterdamsche-kerstmarkt.nl

Christmas Winter Fair
When? 21st of Dec – 1st of Jan
This will be the largest Christmas Fair Amsterdam has seen so far. The Amsterdam Winter Parade exists of four winter ‘worlds’. For example, there will be a Wintersquare which will be the meeting place where cake and warm drinks can be enjoyed while walking across the Christmas market. There will be a large Dutch Fair with a 50 meters high ferris wheel and circus theater. Tickets will cost €7.50 for a day ticket and are available through the Website.

amsterdam-cristmas-festival
The Winter Fair will be something huge!

Christmas Market AmstelKartier
When? 21st of December, next to Waternet
One of the last Christmas Markets of the month so double the fun and reason to go there! It’s the 3rd edition and the the main reason it’s held on the 21st is because that’s the day that the sun reaches the most Southern and closest part to the earth what they call the winter solstice. From this day onward, the days will become longer and it’s time to celebrate this in Amsterdam with this traditional market! Facebook

Ice- Skating in Amsterdam

  • ICE* Amsterdam, the most famous ice-skating ring in Amsterdam where you can take the perfect winter photo for your Instagram account!
  • The Coolest Ice-Skating Ring, at the Olympisch Stadion will open at the 18th of January until the end of February.
  • Jaap Eden Baan is the largest ice-skating ring in Amsterdam and will be open throughout the winter period.

Near Amsterdam: 

Haarlem Christmas 
When? 9th & 10th of December, Haarlem Center
This market has been voted as one of 5 best Christmas Markets in the Netherlands so it’s a must visit! On the main square you will find many stands with crafts, food, gifts and of course hot drinks. Besides the market, you can also stroll around Haarlem city and discover the many boutique shops and cafe’s. More info here.

Winter Village Amstelveen
When? Until 7th of January
Near the south of Amsterdam you will find Amstelveen where you can enjoy this Winter Village until the 7th of January. It has more than 60 market stalls for handcrafted gifts, where family and friends gather. www.wintervillageamstelveen.nl

Dickens Christmas Market, Muiden
When? 16th of December
Like the original Christmas tale began, this is what the inspiration is for this Christmas Market in Muiden this year. Go back in time and see Christmas Characters dressed up and the whole street will get a make-over. For more info and the dresscode check www.dickensinmuiden.nl

Enjoy Christmas this year in Amsterdam!

Love,

Wander-Lust