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Winter Festival Amsterdam 2024/2025 – Evening cruise – Christmas market – ice skating and more

November 28, 2024 @ 8:00 am January 19, 2025 @ 5:00 pm

Amsterdam Light Festival

If you visit Amsterdam during the winter months, unfortunately no tulip fields are in bloom yet. However, a visit in the winter is highly recommended as the city is abuzz with winter activities and events during the Winter Festival Amsterdam. The city is brilliantly lit and around Christmas there are fun Christmas markets to visit.

Top activities during winter in Amsterdam

During the Winter Festival, there are many activities and events not to be missed. Below is a short list of our favourite winter activities in Amsterdam:

Amsterdam Cruise by night

Amsterdam Cruise by night

A evening cruise through the canals in Amsterdam on a winter’s evening is highly recommended. The brilliantly lit canal houses and streets make the city a magical place. From 28 November 2024 to 19 January 2025, an evening cruise is extra special because the Amsterdam Light Festival is held then. Along the canal cruise you will see unique light artworks which you sail past and sometimes through. A unique experience not to be missed during your winter visit to Amsterdam.

Ice Skating in Amsterdam

Ice Skating on the canals in Amsterdam

Skating is an annual tradition for many Dutch people. It used to be possible almost every winter on natural ice, but this is no longer the case. Fortunately, there are many different ice-skating rinks in Amsterdam where you can enjoy skating. Around the skating rinks you can enjoy the winter atmosphere.

Christmas shopping in Amsterdam

Christmas shopping Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the shopping capital of the Netherlands and many (international) brands have a shop there. During the winter months, the shopping streets and canals in Amsterdam are beautifully decorated, bringing you right into the Christmas spirit. In addition to the shops, the city’s Christmas markets make Amsterdam one of the best cities in Europe for your Christmas shopping.

Enjoy the Amsterdam

Of course, the many attractions and museums are also worth a visit during the winter months. Many attractions and museums are extra attractively decorated. Amsterdam’s nightlife is also highly recommended.


November 28 @ 8:00 am
January 19, 2025 @ 5:00 pm
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Prins Hendrikkade 25
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands