December in Amsterdam
December Festivals & Events
eve of December 5
On this night ("St. Nicholas Evening"), Dutch children place their shoes and boots by the fireplace in hopes that Sinterklaas will fill them with treats. Most Dutch celebrate on this day by exchanging gifts and enjoying family meals. Read more about the Sinterklaas story and tradition.
December 10, 2016-January 1, 2017|
Dutch National Ballet combines music and dance into a wonderful feel-good ballet for the whole family in Het Muziektheater.www.operaballet.nl
December 15, 2016|
Volga Cossack Choir
Listen to Russian Christmas carols, popular songs, like Kalinka, Volga Bootsman and Stenka Rasin, in de Waalse Kerk by Russian choir with virtuoso soloists and deep male voices.www.dewaalsekerk.nl
December 1, 2016-January 22, 2017 | 5th edition|
Amsterdam Light Festival
Walk or sail alongside to light sculptures created by leading artists, beautifully illuminated buildings, bridges and boats and surprising light projections on buildings.
While Sinterklaasavond is the main celebration of the Dutch holiday season, more and more Dutch people are also celebrating and exchanging gifts on Christmas Day. Some businesses and attractions will be closed.
Tweede ('Second') Christmas Day
Also known as "Boxing Day" in other countries, the Dutch observe this day as a holiday. Some businesses and attractions will be closed.
December 17-30, 2016|
winter wonderland on Museumplein with a Christmas market, traditional Dutch Christmas food & drinks and live entertainment with the Rijksmuseum as background.
December 10, 2016-February 5, 2017 | 1st edition|
Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival
a large family winter event at Arena Park with the world's best ice sculptures
New Year's Eve
Admire the fireworks and celebrate Oud en Nieuw (New Year's Eve) with the Amsterdammers. Or visit a NYE party or event in nearly every club, restaurant, bar or hotel.
end August-end April
Ajax Amsterdam Football Club
Spend a Sunday amongst frenzied fans of the famous Ajax Amsterdam football team. Ajax plays in the impressive, modern ArenA south of the city.
Festivals & Events
Temperature in Dec
Average high: 6°C 43°F
Average low: 2°C 36°F
Sunrise-Sunset in Dec
Dec 1: 8:27 am - 4:32 pm
Dec 31: 8:51 am - 4:37 pm
Zwarte Piet and SinterklaasThe feast of St Nicholas is one of the most festive occasions of the year in Amsterdam and the rest of Holland. Read more on the Sinterklaas tradition
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