A lot of people prefer the coziness of their homes when the days are getting colder and shorter but others like to go out wearing their scarves and mittens. Let’s have a look at the winter events you shouldn’t miss in Amsterdam.
Ice rink Museumplein
At the Museumplein in Zuid you’ll be able to skate circles on the large ice rink. There is a winter pavilion in lounge-style with a heated terrace where you can enjoy a drink. Dutch food, like stews and fritters, will be served in the little stalls. You can skate from 10 am until 8 pm.
Winter Carnival in Noord
The first edition of the Indoor Winter Fair Amsterdam will be held in the IJ-halls on the former NDSM site in Noord. From December 6th until January 2nd you can expect a giant circus, rides, an ice rink and a lot of carnival attractions. On Friday nights Variété Circus Theater Fantâsia presents the Late Night Show with burlesque and comedy.
Ice Rink Leidseplein
Every year the ice rink at the Leidseplein breathes out a wintery atmosphere. Cozy lights in the trees, snow cannons and artificial trees that are full of lights. At different stands you can get waffles or the traditional ‘oliebollen’. A lot of activities are being organized on and around the ice rink. In the weekends you can come and skate until midnight. The ice rink closes on January 13th.
This is the first time the Light Festival is organized. Starting from December 7th more than one (historical) building will be illuminated along the Amstel (Boulevard of Light). Illuminade starts on December 14th. From then on you can take an evening walk through Amsterdam to take a look at all the different artistic light installations that are placed in town. Light and artists that work with light are the theme of this route.
Funky Xmas Market
The monthly Funky Sunday Markets at the Westergasfabriek become more and more popular. The theme of this month’s market won’t come as a surprise: Christmas! On December 22 and 23 the Funky Xmas Market is being organized and you can go to the New Years Market on January 6th. Admission is free.
During the last two weeks of December Amsterdam turns Christmas pink! On of the most famous and probably the most hilarious highlights is the Drag Winter Olympics at the ice rink at the Leidseplein on December 20th. Miss Windy presents this legendary two-hour race between drag kings and queens. (Start: 5pm)
You can sit at a 120-meter long table (Tafel van Idee) and enjoy the performances of a bunch of dancers, actors, musicians and poets while you are eating a delicious meal. The table acts as their stage.