Even though it’s cold outside that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty of things to get up to in Amsterdam. Drop into a cosy bar for a warm drink, attend some of the best festivals, or see some of the finest gigs and dance events. Whether it’s rain, snow or shine you’re sure to find something fun going on in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam light festival // Nov 27 – Jan 18
Take a foot tour of illuminated Amsterdam featuring thousands of dazzling lights and light installations littering the city. Alternatively make a night of it and opt for a boat tour along the canals which usually includes food and drink.
Amsterdam International Fashion Week // January 16-26
Under the title ‘Downtown’ Fashionweek Nederland organises events that are accessible by the public. Celebrating art, culture, dance, theatre, music and of course fashion. Check fashionweek.nl website for ticket prices.
Realisme @ Passenger Terminal Amsterdam // January 15-18
A huge annual art fair that presents works by Dutch and international artists who work within diverse mediums. The art fair mainly focuses on art dedicated to figurative and realistic genres. Tickets are €11,50 for adults and €7,50 for children.
Whiskey Weekend @ Posthoornkerk // January 16-17
The Posthoornkerk in Amsterdam gets transformed into a tasting room for whiskey lovers. The event also includes whiskey friendly cheeses, Scottish products, cigar smoking and more. Tickets are €37,50.
National Tulip Day @ Dam Square // January 17
Pick your own tulip for free at Amsterdam’s Dam Square to celebrate the start of Dutch tulip season. A huge temporary garden created by Dutch tulip growers is constructed with over 200,000 tulips ready to be picked.
Jumping Amsterdam @ Amsterdam RAI // January 23-26
An event for equestrian lovers Jumping Amsterdam attracts world class riders and Olympic champions with dressage and show jumping competitions, team challenges for new riders and special events. Tickets start from €15 for adults and €10 for children.
Grauzone Festival @ Melkweg // January 30-31
Spread out over the Melkweg’s three stages with over a dozen live performances, Grauzone festival celebrates the best in new wave music, art and film. Offering anything from synth pop, electro, darkwave, death rock, post punk and more.