In Amsterdam the wintertime days are very short. Winter is cold and dark in the Netherlands. Fortunately nice events are planned in wintertime, so you will still have a great time when visiting our lovely city. Next to the ‘Amsterdam Light Festival’, also wintermarkets will be organized in December. Hereby some nice 2016/2017 winter trip suggestions by Amsterdam VIP Tours:
Funky Xmas Market
On December 11 the Regular Sunday Market at the Westerpark will be turned into a special Funky Xmas Market. Specialty products, live music, Glühwein (mulled wine – hot with spices) and hot chocolate with cream (and rum) of course! Open from 12 – 6 PM. Address: Westergasfabriek, Polonceaukade 27, Amsterdam
You will find the tastiest winter food while wandering along the cosy market stalls and vintage products during NeighbourFood Market at the Westergasfabriek on December 17 and 18. There is also a children’s program, with workshops and performances by singer-songwriters. (17 December 12:00 – 8:00 PM & 18 December 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM).
For ecological products and durable gifts you can go to the Pure Winter Market in the Amstelpark and Frankendael Park in Amsterdam on Sunday 11 & 18 December from 11 AM – 5 PM.
Christmas Village on Ice
In addition to the ice-skate rink at the Museumsquare, there will be Christmas markets, live entertainment and delicious food from December 17-30. Go ice skating or outdoor shopping with the Rijksmuseum in the background! Address: Museumplein, Amsterdam.
Christmas Market Haarlem
If you want to get away from Amsterdam for a day, it might be nice to visit the city of Haarlem, only a half hour away from Amsterdam. On December 10 and 11 you can experience one of the largest Christmas markets in the Netherlands here. The large Christmas village on the Marketsquare will have over 150 market stalls. There is plenty to choose from art, fashion and design, great food and of course local Christmas decorations. There will also be music, since choirs will be singing Christmas carols. Adress: Grote Markt, Haarlem.
Want to go a bit further? The quaint town of Alkmaar offers a Winterfair on December 11 from 11 AM. From December 15-18 there will be a Christmas Market in the old town of Alkmaar (until 10 PM!). Address: Paardenmarkt, Alkmaar.
Combine your stay in Amsterdam with one of these nice events. Don’t forget to book a private tour or cruise in Amsterdam as well, to make the most out of you stay!
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