Amsterdam christmas tree

Christmas tree on the Dam Square

During the Christmas period, Amsterdam’s most famous square is the place for an imposing Christmas tree of around 20 metres in height. The Christmas tree is decorated with more than 40,000 energy-efficient LED lights. The Royal Palace on Dam Square is also beautifully illuminated by the many lights.

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  • Restaurants, attractions, museums and nightlife can open again according to regular opening hours.
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Christmas on Dam Square

Each year, the famous Christmas tree on Dam Square makes the long journey from the German Ardennes to the capital, where it is gracefully illuminated in December. At around 20 metres, the tree is an imposing sight in front of the Royal Palace and is decorated with over 40,000 energy-efficient LED lights.

The Christmas tree on Dam Square and the beautifully illuminated Bijenkorf department store will together form the centrepiece of all festive activities in Amsterdam during the December month. Together with the Christmas decorations in the lampposts, they will envelop the square in a wonderful Christmas atmosphere.

Webcam Amsterdam de Dam

The Christmas tree as food for the elephants in Artis

In January, the tree goes away and is taken to Artis. “The trunk and thick branches go to the elephants. The finer branches go to the hoofed animals. It’s great to see how the animals sniff out the wood and play with it and carry it around.


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