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Christmas Markets 2020-2021

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

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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below).

Ice*Amsterdam at Museumplein (November 14, 2020–January 31, 2021)

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 Ice Rink at Museumplein 2020
Ice*Amsterdam Ice Rink at Museumplein
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Ice*Amsterdam at night 2020
Ice*Amsterdam at night
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Ice*Amsterdam Christmas Market (dates TBA)

The market features dozens of vendors and craft displays. With amazing Christmas lights, Ice*Amsterdam Market is perfect for an evening stroll.

Ice*Amsterdam Christmas Market 2020
Ice*Amsterdam Christmas Market
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Christmas market 2020
Christmas market
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Christmas tree on Dam Square (December 6, 2020)

There are lots of other Christmas-themed locations across the city. Don't miss the brightly-illuminated Christmas tree on Dam Square. The Red Light District puts Christmas lights everywhere as well as some other areas and squares in Amsterdam.

Christmas tree on Dam Square 2020
Christmas tree on Dam Square
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Funky Xmas Market (December 13, 2020)

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.

Haarlem Christmas Market (December 12–13, 2020, canceled)

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.

De Amsterdamsche Kerstmarkt (canceled for 2020)

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.