With so many things to do in Amsterdam during the Christmas period, we needed to make a handy list. Find your favourite things to do, from markets, to special dining experiences and more.


Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs

Like last year, this massive winter wonderland will be open during December at the RAI in Amsterdam. This year it will be even bigger! There will be an ice-skating ring in and outside, music performances, food, tube sliding, kids activities and everything to get you into the Christmas spirit. On until the 30th of December! More info about this Christmas Festival here.

Winterparadijs Amsterdam

WONDR Experience – Christmas & Frozen special

Up until the 9th of January, you can come to the WONDR Experience with you kids. Don’t miss all the jolly new spaces we’ve got ready for you! Visit us with your loved ones and discover our new gingerbread houses, giant nutcrackers, Christmas teddy bears, a life-size snow globe, and much more! extra; they now have a special Frozen room too! Tickets from €17,50.

Christmas Village at Museumplein

Stroll past the different chalets that sell local goods, snack and sweets. This year, the famous ice-skating ring in front of Rijksmuseum isn’t happening because of late permits. Entrance is free and you enjoy this Christmas village daily until the 26th of December.

Funky X-Mas Market (Sunday Market)

THE place for your funky Xmas presents on the 17th of December from noon till 6pm! For the 11th year running you will find lots of beautiful stands full of original creations. Of course there is great food & drink (mulled wine), live music at the Westergas area in Amsterdam West.

Sustainable Ceuvel Market

Another Christmas market that is happening during the weekend of 16-17 December from 1 till 8 pm, is this sustainable version at Café Ceuvel. Handmade goods such as soap and other materials that have less impact on the planet. Next to the twinkeling lights and hot choco, you can relax by the open fire pit. 

Visit the Amsterdam Light Festival

Every year, the canals of Amsterdam light up, with beautiful displays across the city. The best way to see it is from the water, but you can also take a walk, and stop for drinks while you’re at it. Book a tour with free Gluhwein and drinks! 

Amsterdam Light Festival

Moët & Chandon photowall

Visit Anantara Krasnpolsky during the holiday season, where you can enjoy a glass of champagne at the Moët & Chandon photowall and take your favorite festive photo. Tag @anatarakrasnapolsky for a chance to win a Shiny Champagne room experience in January 2024. Moreover, enjoy a delightful dinner in Grand Cafe Krasnapolsky at the dam square and discover the delicious bites in December and January.

Extra tip: Step inside the magical wintergarden of Anatara Krasnapolsky, and experience a spectacular evening with live-music and a 5-course meal. For reservations, please visit Enjoy the festive season!

Krasnapolsky Moët photowall
Elke at the photowall

Enjoy a free hot chocolate at Dynamite

Get a special Christmas Cookie that will undoubtedly become your “Christmas Buddy. Throughout the month of December, you can enjoy this delicious treat, decorated with a festive frosting and edible glitter, in the cozy atmosphere of A Dynamite Store, featured in our Best Pastries in Amsterdam article. Visit the store on December 23rd as A Dynamite Company treats you to a delicious cup of coffee or hot chocolate by the beautifully decorated Christmas tree.

Christmas Cookie Dynamite

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