Golden Age canals lined by tilting gabled buildings are the backdrop for Amsterdam’s treasure-packed museums, vintage-filled shops and hyper-creative design, drinking and dining scenes, so ever wondered what else there is to do in Amsterdam other than the usual tourist attractions during Christmas? Here are some ideas to help you plan your trip and fill your days with festive fun. Let’s do this.
1- Check out the Amsterdam Light Festival
The Amsterdam Light Festival is an annual event during winter holidays. Dutch and international artists transform the city every year into a light spectacle. It is worth mentioning that each year new techniques are introduced, rendering the festival among the must-see spectacles of Amsterdam during Christmas.
2- Dutch Delicacies
Now we can’t leave food out of this list. Appelbeignets are a Dutch delicacy that must be tasted at least once, twice, three times… well no one’s counting anyway so go crazy.
Filled with all the sugary goodness you could ask for, the pastry smell will lure you in while you walk through the streets. You better be ready. These treats are so easy to find over the Christmas season, you won’t need to hunt down a café as pretty much all of the Christmas markets will be selling them.
3- Explore the epic Christmas markets
Throughout the month of the December, the Netherlands overflows with Christmas spirit. Markets become more than a place to buy food and trinkets – they become a place to warm up with glühwein and oliebollen, find the perfect gifts for friends and family, and spend time with those you love. Head to these holiday markets to fill your stockings with presents and your hearts with Christmas cheer.
4- Take A Tour In The City
It is known worldwide that Dutch people love cycling (fiets in Dutch), so why not experience the city like the locals? Amsterdam during this time of year is absolutely stunning. Christmas trees, decorations and colorful lights combined with the beautiful canals turn the city into a fairytale. Beginning from the heart of Amsterdam, Centraal Station and Dam Square, you can follow the bike paths that will give you access to every corner of the city.
5- Ice Skating
For those who love winter sports, Amsterdam might not offer the mountain sides for skiing, but it will not disappoint you. Two beautiful ice-skating rinks are set up every Christmas season in two beautiful spots of the city — Leidseplein and Museumplein. Two lovely and frequented places, the first is surrounded by Christmas stands and the second one by famous Dutch museums, such as the Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk museum.