As the holiday season approaches, Amsterdam transforms into a captivating winter wonderland, offering expats a unique and enchanting Christmas experience. From charming festive markets to ice-skating rinks, dazzling light displays, and delightful culinary delights, the city has something to offer for everyone. In this article, we will guide expats through the best Christmas advice, tips, and things to do in Amsterdam, while also inviting them to join our exciting events during this joyous time.

  1. Explore Festive Markets:
    Amsterdam hosts several lively Christmas markets where expats can immerse themselves in the festive spirit and discover unique gifts and decorations. The iconic Ice*Village on Museumplein and the atmospheric Christmas Market at Leidseplein are must-visit destinations for browsing through stalls filled with crafts, local delicacies, and seasonal treats. Explore our upcoming Christmas market excursion here.

  2. Delight in Winter Activities:
    Experience the joy of ice-skating amidst picturesque surroundings at the Ice Amsterdam rink, located in front of the stunning Rijksmuseum. Glide gracefully on the ice, surrounded by twinkling lights and the festive ambiance. For those seeking a touch of nostalgia, visit the vintage carousel or take a romantic canal cruise to admire the city's illuminated bridges and enchanting decorations.

  3. Marvel at Light Festivals:
    Amsterdam lights up with mesmerizing displays during the holiday season. The Amsterdam Light Festival showcases captivating light artworks that adorn the city's canals, creating a magical atmosphere. Take a leisurely stroll or hop on a canal cruise to witness these stunning installations, illuminating the waterways and enhancing the city's beauty.

  4. Indulge in Festive Culinary Delights:
    Christmas in Amsterdam is synonymous with delicious food and drinks. Treat yourself to traditional Dutch delights such as oliebollen (deep-fried dough balls) and appelflappen (apple turnovers) available at winter food stalls. Warm up with a cup of rich Dutch hot chocolate or mulled wine while savoring festive treats at cozy cafes and restaurants dotted throughout the city.

  5. Join Our Exciting Events:
    As an expat community, we strive to create memorable experiences for our members. Join us for special Christmas-themed events including a New Year's Eve holiday party and multiple opportunities on those days for sharing and connections. Celebrate the season with fellow expats, forge new connections, and create lasting memories in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Amsterdam truly comes alive during Christmas, offering expats a delightful blend of festive traditions and unique experiences. From exploring enchanting markets and indulging in seasonal delicacies to embracing the magical ambiance of light festivals, there's no shortage of joyous activities to partake in. We invite all expats to join us in celebrating this special time, as we create unforgettable moments together at our exciting Christmas events. Embrace the holiday spirit, make new friends, and immerse yourself in the magic of Christmas in Amsterdam.