January in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Events Calendar

Monthly calendar for Amsterdam with festivals, special events, concerts, cultural happenings, fairs, film & media arts, sports and entertainment. Exhibitions in museums and galleries are listed in the Exhibitions Calendar

January 1

New Year's Day

As in many countries this day is a national holiday. Some museums and attractions may be closed.

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January 1 or 2

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Preview of Amsterdam's celebration and traditional performances of Chinese New Year offered by the Chinese community of Amsterdam. It includes dancing, fireworks and Chinese exhibitions. Festivities are centered around Nieuwmarkt, the heart of Amsterdam's Chinatown.

November 29-January 20

Amsterdam Light Festival

Walk or sail alongside light sculptures created by leading artists, beautifully illuminated buildings, bridges and boats and surprising light projections on buildings.

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January 19

National Tulip Day

Official start of tulip season. Anyone can come to pick free tulips from a special built garden on Dam Square.

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January 19-20


Running contest on the main roads through the Vondelpark. Choose between 'Race the Day', 'Light the Night' or Children Run.

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January 24-27

Jumping Amsterdam

Annually held equestrian event and international competition in both jumping and dressage at the RAI in Amsterdam, attended by more than 50,000 equestrians and horse enthusiasts.

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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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