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November in Amsterdam

 November facts 
  • Big tourist crowds are gone.
  • The cultural arts season (September-June) is now, so theater, dance, opera and concert performances are plentiful.
  • Airfare and hotel rates should be significantly lower by now.
  • Olieballen & Poffertjes Stands -- Stalls selling these traditional fried doughnuts (olieballen) and small, puffy pancakes (poffertjes) are everywhere this time of year (the sweet smells are their best advertising). Wash them down with rich, Dutch hot chocolate.
  • Ice-skating Rink at Leidseplein -- Glide on ice under the glow of fairy lights and café signs.

 November Festivals & Events 
November 1, 2016 | 5th show
Amsterdam Magic Show
International theater show dedicated to magic and comedy.
Amsterdam Magic Show

November 5, 2016 | 17th edition
Museum Night (n8)
Over 40 museums and institutions open their doors and organize special events from 7pm until 2am. Besides the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions of the museums themselves, the programme includes DJs, bands, dance performances, food & drinks.

October 30-November 3, 2017 | 4th edition
International Water Week
bringing together businesses, non-profit organisations, government agencies and scientists to explore practical solutions to various global water issues.


November 10-13, 2016 | 15th edition
Sieraad Art Fair

professional contemporary jewellery designers sell their work directly and in person

November 13, 2016 | 78th edition
Sinterklaas Arrival & Parade
Sinterklaas, or St. Nicholas, arrives from Spain on his boat at the Scheepvaart Museum (Maritime Museum) in Amsterdam's harbor. From there, he rides his white horse through town as his helpers throw holiday cookies and candies to the hundreds of children and onlookers along the route. This is one of the most anticipated events of the calendar for kids especially.

November 17, 2016
Turn on the Lights

Fireworks and light theatre show at Dam Square organised by De Bijenkorf department store

November 16-27, 2016 | 29th edition
The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam is the best chance to see some of the best national and international documentaries. During two weeks real docu freaks can see dozens of documentaries!

International Documentary Festival Amsterdam

November 20-27, 2016
pAn Amsterdam
The pAn (Pictura Antiquairs Nationaal) Amsterdam event is the country's national art and antiques fair, focusing on pieces from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany from more than 100 exhibitors.

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.


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Festivals & Events

Temperature in November
Average high:   9°C   48°F
Average low:    5°C   41°F

Sunrise-Sunset in November
Nov 1:    7:37 am - 5:12 pm
Nov 30:  8:26 am - 4:32 pm


The Entry of Sint Nicholas in Amsterdam

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