SELMS's tips for holiday in Amsterdam
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SELMS’ tips for spending the Holiday Season in Amsterdam

17 dec SELMS’ tips for spending the Holiday Season in Amsterdam

SELMS’ three tips for spending the Holiday Season in Amsterdam

During holiday season in Amsterdam, there is plenty to explore. The streets, canals and squares light up in celebration, and there is a lot to explore in and around Amsterdam. There is no shortage of winter festivals, Christmas markets and outdoor ice-skating. These 3 Amsterdam holiday tips show you the best way to celebrate the holiday season – Amsterdam-style! Of course we are happy to take you anywhere you like.

1. Ice skating

The Dutch always dream of frozen canals in the winter. But if the temperatures stay too high for ice skating on the canals, there are always temporary ice rinks in and around the city center. Most famous is the ICE*Amsterdam ice skating experience on Museumplein in front of the stunning Rijksmuseum. Other ice rinks you can find at Leidseplein or at the Westergasfabriek.



2. Christmas market 

Nights may be long and dark during wintertime, but visiting one of the Christmas markets in Amsterdam will definitely brighten things up.

There are some fine markets to visit to do your final seasonal shopping. Visit the Pure Winter Market on December 20th. At this market in Park Frankendael you find lots of organic products and sustainable gifts. Fun and healthy!

You can also go to the Local Goods Christmas Market this weekend. It takes place in The Hallen complex, a beautiful building with industrial charms. At this market you find fashion, nice accessories, cosmetics, food, music and a nice atmosphere.

Another option is the Neighbourfood Market (also 19-20 December). Enjoy drinks and good food together with friends and family at the Christmas Weekender. This nice market takes place at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam West.

Last but not least is the Kerstboulevard (17-12/23-12). Come by for food, drinks, live music and Christmas stories at this cosy waterside market in Amsterdam East.



3. Amsterdam Light Festival

Every year, from November to January, Amsterdam turns into a true city of lights with the help of contemporary (inter)national light artists. The festival offers talented light artists a platform to present their latest work, it is a spectacle for young and old! The Amsterdam Light Festival can be visited from 28 November 2015 to 17 January 2016.


Heading to one of our tips, or visiting another hotspot or event in Amsterdam? We are happy to drive you to your destination in and around our city!

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