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Celebrating Christmas in Amsterdam: tips from local experts

With this first edition of our mini-series of interviews, we introduce you to the team of Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre. By learning from the experts, you get to know a city like a true local. Surprise your family by celebrating Christmas in the capital of the Netherlands. In this edition, we share the best tips and to-dos for the coziest days of the year.

Introduce yourself …

We are the team of Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre and are happy to tell you about our beloved city!

Why is Amsterdam suitable for a weekend away with the family?

A visit to Amsterdam feels like a mini-vacation. There are experiences and activities for all ages making it a perfect destination for a family trip. Walk along the beautiful canals and visit the unique boutiques in the 9 streets. We also recommend a visit to one of the many museums.

On one of the cozy terraces, you get to see the versatility of Amsterdam. There are 174 nationalities in Amsterdam so you will see many different faces walking past. Amsterdam prides itself on being progressive and controversial. You can be yourself in Amsterdam.

Which Christmas or family activities in and around Amsterdam should you really not miss and why?

Light festival tour; a 1-hour tour by canal boat past all beautiful light artworks.

Ice Village – Christmas market & ice skating on the museum square followed by a nice cup of hot chocolate milk

A walking tour through Amsterdam’s Oosterpark with a guide on Christmas Eve

Learn to make cocktails at the House of Bols

Visit the Adam Tower; for a beautiful view over Amsterdam and the thrill of swinging over the edge

The Amsterdam Winter Parade. From December 21 to January 1, the RAI turns into a gigantic Christmas market.

Many classical Christmas concerts (also for younger audiences) in Amsterdam. The best classical musicians from Europe perform in churches, pop temples and concert halls throughout the city.

The Amsterdam Christmas market in the Kromhouthal in Amsterdam Noord.

From December 18, 2019, to January 5, 2020, Circus Zanzara mixes circus with street theater every day and experiments with other theater disciplines in the beautiful location, the Westergasfabriek.

World Christmas circus in Carre has a big impact on the 35th anniversary with all the best from the international circus world in the fantastic theater. Really recommended.

Are there special Christmas traditions that you will only see in Amsterdam?

The Light festival and the Amsterdam Winter Parade.

Finally, do you have any tips to make the weekend unforgettable?

Book a beautiful Wellness room with private Sauna to enjoy after a wonderful day strolling through Amsterdam. Our hotel is located in the heart of Amsterdam and therefore very suitable for both total relaxation and taking walks through the city centre. 

We believe that you are convinced by now that celebrating Christmas in Amsterdam is unique. But if you need more inspiration for a visit to Amsterdam, read our article about what to do in 48 hours.

You’ll be surprised!