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Christmas weekend in Amsterdam

December 23 @ 8:00 am December 26 @ 11:30 pm

Amsterdam christmas tree
Christmas Weekend in Amsterdam

Celebrate Christmas weekend in Amsterdam. From Friday 23 December until 26 December, we celebrate Christmas in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, we have not just one but two official Christmas days. On 25 December is Christmas Day and on 26 December is the second Christmas Day. There are plenty of activities to do in Amsterdam over Christmas. As soon as we know about the activities, we will post them on this website.

Corona / COVID19 update

As of 25 February 2022, all corona / COVID19 measures in the Netherlands have expired.

  • Restaurants, attractions, museums and nightlife can open again according to regular opening hours.
  • A distance of 1.5 metres no longer needs to be kept
  • Mouth masks are no longer compulsory.
  • The corona admission ticket (QR code) is no longer needed to go to a restaurant, attraction or museum.
  • Most travel restrictions are lifted. Visit the official website of rijksoverheid.nl for more information

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Winter attractions during Christmas Weekend

On 24, 25 and 26 December, most attractions in Amsterdam will be open as usual. Sometimes different opening hours apply. Below is the overview of opening hours currently known to us. (This list is continuously updated).

Winter activities24, 25 & 26 December
Light Festival AmsterdamLights are on:
05 p.m. – 10 p.m.
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Ice Rink on MuseumpleinClosedBuy tickets
Ice Bar AmsterdamClosedBuy tickets
Amsterdamse GlijfestijnClosedBuy tickets
Ice Rink on RembrandtpleinClosedCancelled
Amsterdam Winter ParadiseClosedCancelled

What are the opening hours of museums at Christmas?

Most museums are open on Christmas Day. Below are the current opening hours per location. Please note! For many locations you need to book in advance!

Museums24 December25 December26 December
RijksmuseumClosedClosedClosedBook here
Van Gogh MuseumClosedClosedClosedBook here
Moco MuseumClosedClosedClosedBook here
Stedelijk MuseumClosedClosedClosedBook here
FOAM fotografiemuseumClosedClosedClosedBook here
Red Light Secrets MuseumClosedClosedClosedBook here
Amsterdam MuseumClosedClosedClosedBook here
TropenmuseumClosedClosedClosedBook here
Maritime MuseumClosedClosedClosedBook here
Nemo Science MuseumClosedClosedClosedBook here
Diamond MuseumClosedClosedClosedBook here

What are the opening hours of attractions at Christmas?

Most attractions are open on Christmas Day. Below are the current opening hours per location. Please note! For many locations you need to book in advance!

Attractions24 December25 December26 December
This is HollandClosedClosedClosedBook here
Ajax Football station tourClosedClosedClosedBook here
Heineken ExperienceClosedClosedClosedBook here
AMAZEClosedClosedClosedBook here
ICE Bar AmsterdamClosedClosedClosedBook here
The Amsterdam DungeonClosedClosedClosedBook here
Ripley’s Believe it or NotClosedClosedClosedBook here
Madame TussaudClosedClosedClosedBook here
The Upside DownClosedClosedClosedBook here
Body WorldsClosedClosedClosedBook here
Artis (Amsterdam Zoo)ClosedClosedClosedBook here

Does public transport run at Christmas?

Public transport runs at Christmas. The times are similar to the Sunday timetable. More info on travelling in Amsterdam.

Hotel during Christmas

Sofitel Legend Grand Hotel Amsterdam

If you are coming to Amsterdam during Christmas, it is wise to book your hotel in time. The best located hotels are fully booked well in advance. Check out our tips for hotels in Amsterdam during Winter Festival. Below you can also see the current availability and prices for hotels in Amsterdam during Christmas.

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