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, 2025

New Year's Day

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

January 1 or 2, 2024

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.

January 4, 2024

Amsterdam Magic Show

Monthly magic and comedy theatre show in English with an international ensemble of magicians and illusionists.

December 20, 2023 - January 7, 2024

World Christmas Circus

Traditional circus show in the famous Royal Theatre Carré, originally designed as a circus theatre, with acrobats, clowns and spectacular horse acts with dazzling jumps and somersaults on horseback.

January 20-February 25, 2023

Candlelight Concerts

Special series of concerts illuminated by candlelight and performed by live musicians in some of the most iconic venues in Amsterdam.

January 18, 2025

National Tulip Day

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

January 15-30, 2024   2023 edition cancelled


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

November 28, 2024 - January 19, 2025

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.

January 25-28, 2024

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.

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.