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, 2023

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, 2023

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.

December 15, 2022-January 1, 2023

Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs

The Ultimate Winter Experience with an indoor and outdoor skating rink, toboggan (sledding), cross-country skiing, snowball fight, cinema, curling, Ferris wheel, carousel, Christmas market, theatre, après-ski, and more.

December 21, 2022 - January 8, 2023

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 21, 2023

National Tulip Day

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

January 22-23, 2023

Chinese New Year in Amsterdam

Chinese festive celebrations with lion and dragon dances, and fireworks, centered around Nieuwmarkt, Zeedijk and 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.

December 1, 2022 - January 22, 2023

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 26-29, 2023

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.