Best time to go to Amsterdam

Christmas Markets 2024-2025

Dive into the Christmasy atmosphere with hot chocolate and ice skating in the city center

Dates: November–February

Christmas Markets
Christmas Markets
Christmas Markets
Christmas Markets
Christmas Markets
Christmas Markets
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Ice*Amsterdam at Museumplein (November 11, 2023–February 4, 2024)

Every year, the Museumplein in Amsterdam transforms into a winter wonderland for the holiday season. Each location has its own schedule. Ice*Amsterdam becomes a great spot to do Christmas shopping, have a cup of hot chocolate or glühwein with the picturesque Rijksmuseum in the background, and visit an ice rink with the Magere Brug replica. Indulge in traditional delicacies and juicy hamburgers, fresh sandwiches, and warm waffles by a fireplace. Ice*Village will set you in the right mood for the holidays! Ice*Amsterdam Christmas Market features dozens of vendors and craft displays. With amazing Christmas lights, Ice*Amsterdam Market is perfect for an evening stroll.

Christmas tree on Dam Square (December 8, 2023)

There are lots of other Christmas-themed locations across the city. Don't miss the illumination ceremony of the famous Christmas tree on Dam Square. The Christmas tree usually illuminates the heart of the city until early January. Besides, the Red Light District puts Christmas lights everywhere as well as some other areas and squares in Amsterdam.

Haarlem Christmas Market (December 8–10, 2023)

One of the largest Christmas markets in the Netherlands, the Haarlem Christmas market, is a must-visit place if you want to immerse yourself into the Christmas spirit within an hour's drive from the Dutch capital. Let yourself get lost among the hundreds of market stalls weaving across the city center while listening to the sounds of Christmas carols and smelling the flavors of holiday treats. The Haarlem Christmas Market was voted as being the best Christmas market in the Netherlands in 2017.

Funky Xmas Market (December 17, 2023)

To see a hip version of a traditional fair, head to Funky Xmas Market by Sunday Markets in Westergasfabriek with lots of creative work by local artists, fashion designers, and makers.

De Amsterdamsche Kerstmarkt (December 2023–unconfirmed)

De Amsterdamsche Kerstmarkt is taking place indoors and outdoors between the factory buildings of Westergas. Shop for Christmas presents and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in the Zuiveringshal, Stenenplein, and the Pazzanistraat. The festival features live music, a unique program for kids, an ice skating rink, exposition, and theatre.

For the tickets and latest updates, please check with the official websites (see External Resources below.) Also, take a look at the map suggesting the best accommodations nearby.

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