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Top 5 activities during Winter Festival Amsterdam

The winter season is the best season to visit Amsterdam. The cozy canals in combination with the many lights makes the city the ideal location for a great city trip. Many winter events and activities are organized such as an evening canal cruise, the Light Festival cruises, the Amsterdam Christmas markets and the various Ice Skating rings and winter events. Come to Amsterdam this winter and enjoy the Dutch hospitality. Please check our five tips below to fully enjoy your visit to Amsterdam during the Winter Festival.

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Amsterdam Evening Cruise & Light Festival

Amsterdam Light Festival
Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise

A cruise through the canals of Amsterdam is a top attraction all year round. During the Winter Festival Amsterdam, however, the evening canal cruises are even more special. As it gets dark early, the lights along the canals create a unique atmosphere. During the Amsterdam Light Festival from 30 November 2023 to 21 January 2024, additional works of light art can be admired from the special Light Festival cruises in Amsterdam.

Ice skating in Amsterdam

Ice Rink Amsterdam
Ice Rink Amsterdam on Museumplein

The Dutch love skating on ice. It used to be possible every winter on natural ice, but nowadays it is no longer certain that skating is possible on natural ice. However, there are several skating rinks in Amsterdam every year where you can skate during the Winter Festival. Many winter events have a skating rink where you can skate. Check out where the best skating rinks are in Amsterdam.

Visit the Amsterdam Winter Paradise at RAI Amsterdam

Winter activities Amsterdam
Winter activities Amsterdam

In the winter season, there is a great additional winter attraction: The Amsterdam Winter Paradise. This temporary winter park can be found at RAI Station Amsterdam and there is plenty to do for young and old. Enjoy skating on the indoor and outdoor ice rink. Enjoy the fairground attractions, shop at the Christmas market and enjoy a Dutch snack and drink with performances by famous Dutch artists. This year, the Amsterdam Winter Paradise will be held from 14 December 2023 to 30 December 2023.

Christmas shopping in Amsterdam

Christmas Market Amsterdam Museumplein
Christmas Market Amsterdam Museumplein

The cosily lit streets and canals in Amsterdam create the unique Christmas atmosphere that can only be experienced in Amsterdam. The wide range of shops of international brands in various shopping area’s and cosy Christmas markets make Amsterdam one of the best shopping destinations in Europe.

Experience the XtraCold Ice Bar Amsterdam

Amsterdam Ice Bar
Amsterdam Ice Bar

During the Winter Festival, a visit to the Amsterdam Ice Bar is a must. Experience the cold of -10 degrees celcius in a unique environment of ice. The experience includes three drinks.

Extra tip: Visit attractions, museums and nightlife in Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum - John Lewis Marshall
Rijksmuseum – Photo by: John Lewis Marshall

Amsterdam has many great attractions and museums that can be visited all year round. Also in the evening and night Amsterdam comes alive with many nightclubs, discotheques and bars. Check out our tips for the best attractions and museums. Would you like to enjoy the nightlife? Then check out the Amsterdam Nightlife ticket.

Winter Festival Map