We love the festive season because there are just so many cool things to do! As we stroll or ride a bike through another of our favorite cities, Amsterdam, you’ll find us exploring the fun activities available that you’ll only find at this time of year. Check out our must do list on your visit to Amsterdam for the holidays:
Nothing says Christmas quite like open air ice skating, and Amsterdam has exactly the spot to enjoy this festive activity. No matter if you can ice dance like a professional skater, or are just a beginner holding on to the edge of the rink, all are welcome! IF you don’t feel at home on the ice, you can simply watch those enjoying the rink and grab something to eat or drink at the bistro.
This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the Amsterdam light festival, where artist from all over the world are selected to display beautiful artworks made of light. The sparkling illuminations add a gorgeous festive touch to the dark nights and you’ll be amazed at the intricate displays!
Feel like royalty for the afternoon when you take high tea at the Duchess. Located in the former KAS Bank in W hotel Amsterdam, you’ll be spoiled in opulent surroundings with French and Italian Nouveau-Niçoise cuisine, fine champagne and elegant cocktails. Dress to impress and dine like a VIP from times gone by.
See some of the world’s most famous artworks such as Rembrant’s Night Watch, or explore the oldest and biggest collection of art history books in the Netherlands. The Rijksmuseum is an absolute must for lovers of art or for anyone studying art history. There are plenty of activities and guided tours, even if your schedule is tight, you can see the highlights of the museum in just one hour!
Amsterdam Winter Paradise https://www.hetamsterdamsewinterparadijs.nl
Enjoy the ultimate winter experience with 3400 m2 of ice activities, shows and performances by famous Dutch artists. It has become a tradition in Holland to visit the Winter Paradise, where you’ll find ice skating, a ferris wheel, merry go round and cross country skiing. If you want to enjoy the festival in a more relaxed way, you can browse market stalls and enjoy awesome food at the food trucks!
Travel to the Netherlands and Coronavirus
We recommend checking on current travel advice from the Dutch government before you travel to check entry requirements and local restrictions as a result of the Coronavirus global pandemic. The latest information can be found here. Remember also to check if there are any additional requirements for reentry to your home country from the Netherlands.