Christmas in Amsterdam 2018. Guide and practical info at the markets, and events

Christmas in Amsterdam

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DATA: 17 November 2018 - 03 January 2019.
PLACE: Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Amsterdam is a city of timeless charm. At Christmas, it is even more so with its magical decorations, markets and Christmas trees. In this period, the city dresses up to welcome the event, wearing its most romantic and sparkling dress. Let yourself be carried away by the typical Dutch atmosphere, and if the cold should be felt ... don't be afraid! Just warm up with a hot chocolate under the picturesque Christmas lights, for an unforgettable holiday. A magical Christmas in Amsterdam

Many stands enrich the streets of the canals and squares of the city, offering enchanting corners and truly unique and evocative views. It will seem to be in a fairy tale. And, icing on the cake, the wonderful Light Festival, a real event in the event, to be admired on foot, by boat or by bike.

Do not miss, ithe big Christmas tree in Dam Square and the "Turn on the Lights" of the famous Bijenkorf department store. You will witness a cheerful and scintillating show.


Christmas tree in Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam

Photo ©, Tanya hart

Not that Christmas, without the typical markets in which to stroll breathing the authentic atmosphere and the magic of Advent. In the Dutch capital, you will be spoiled for choice.


Christmas in Amsterdam is extraordinary fun and entertainment for young and old. The Christmas Village on Ice is, without a doubt, the Lugo par excellence of Christmas in Amsterdam, with its immense ice rink and the numerous stands set up in the great Piazza dei Musei. A sort of Balocchi village, in the most fascinating area of ​​Amsterdam, among sumptuous buildings, and renowned museums.

Ledesplein and Museumplein are the ideal place to spend your holidays in the Capital. You can wander through the cozy, perfectly lit and festively decorated chalets. You will find many decorations, souvenirs, gifts and, of course, delicious gastronomic offers. Guests can also enjoy live shows.

In the place where the famous writing "I AMSTERDAM" is located, there is a large skating rink, an authentic Christmas star in Amsterdam.

Ice Village is opened from 14 to 26 December 2018, from 11: 00 to 20: 00. The 24 and 25 December, closes at 17: 00.


A city market open all year, which, just for Advent, changes style with a very impressive effect. Among the over 200 stalls set up in the square, you will be able to buy decorations, gifts, artifacts, jewelry, clothes and much more. Do not miss the local gastronomic specialties, including the delicious poffertjes, or pancakes prepared at the time and sprinkled with chocolate.

In addition to the typical markets, Albert Cuypmarkt will take part in Christmas events and workshops. The market is open from Monday to Saturday, from 09: 00 to 17: 00.


The famous flower market is one of the most popular tourist attractions throughout the year. Try to make a jump during the Advent period to realize the beauty and charm of this place. This is the floating flower market, the largest in Europe, open every day, including holidays, from 09: 00 to 17: 30.

The Flowers, of course, are the real protagonists. Here, you can find fantastic compositions, for truly unique gifts. There are, obviously, decorations and souvenirs. Our advice, however, is to take a leap to appreciate it floral variety, colors and perfumes! Those looking for gifts and souvenirs, just a few steps from Bloenmarkt, will be able to satisfy their desire for shopping at Christmas Palace shop.

Christmas in Amsterdam


In the beautiful location of Westerpark, one of the best parks in the city, you can attend a truly alternative market. A place that encloses design, art, fashion and everything that can be creative. Not the usual Christmas market. Just think that the Funky Xmas Market takes place on a single date, Sunday 16 December, from 12: 00 to 18: 00. The days before the advent, here is the Neighbourfood Market, a beautiful market dedicated to zero-km food. You can buy, and taste, the best typical products of Dutch cuisine.


Only two dates, for as many different locations: Amstel e Park Frankendael. This is a rather particular market, which offers organic specialties and eco-sustainable manufacturing. In a rather relaxing atmosphere, you can spend a few hours shopping and savoring organic specialties. You can attend activities and explanations offered by the artisans present on the spot.

The Pure Winter Market takes place every year on the two Sundays preceding Christmas. For the 2018, appointment the 16 December, ad Amstelpark, from 11: 00 to 17: 00; the December 23, the market takes place at Park Frankendael, from the 11: 00 to the 17: 00.


From the end of November, to the beginning of January, Amsterdam hosts the Light Festival, an event of international appeal with incredible lighting installations in the city. A holiday during the Christmas period, will take you to the discovery of these fantastic works of art that will illuminate, even, buildings and historical places of the city. More info from here.

Less than 40 km from the capital, however, you will be able to attend one of the most beautiful Christmas Fairs in the Netherlands. It takes place in the picturesque Keukenhof, famous for the Lisse tulip fields. Lights, colors, and lots of perfumes await you. Not to be missed.

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