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 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.
1. Amsterdam Evening 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 2 December 2021 to 23 January 2022, additional works of light art can be admired from the canals in Amsterdam.
2. Ice skating in Amsterdam
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.
3. Christmas shopping in Amsterdam
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.
4. Visit an attraction in Amsterdam
If you are lucky, it may snow during your visit to Amsterdam, but it can also be cold and raining. In that case, it’s good to know that the centre of Amsterdam has a wide range of attractions and they are all covered. We have listed some of our top 10 attractions during Winter Festival for you.
5. Visit a museum in Amsterdam
A city trip to Amsterdam is not complete without a visit to one of the world-famous museums in the centre. Besides the well-known art museums, there are also great museums for children to be found in the city centre. Check out our top 10 museums in Amsterdam in winter.