30 Nov till 21 Jan ,
Sail alongside light sculptures created by leading artists, beautifully illuminated buildings, bridges and boats and surprising light projections on buildings.
Some of the art works can only be seen from a boat but the route can also be done on foot. From dec. 14 on there is also a land exhibition, This part needs to be visited on foot.
The festival book, including maps, can be bought at in front of central station at the information point (5 euro)
10 Dec ,
Special groovy edition of monthly Sunday market which highlights the work of local artists, fashion designers and creatives.
21 Dec till 7 Jan ,
The crème de la crème of the circus world. Book ahead
The theatre itself is already worth the experience.
Royal Theatre Carré
21 Dec till 31 Dec ,
Not to be confused with theculinary performance eventwith a similar name, the Amsterdamse Winterparade is a Christmassy extravaganza complete with market stalls, a fifty-metre Ferris wheel, an ice skating rink and thousands of fairy lights. Making it extra special, you can also sing your heart out at the karaoke bar, get merry in the beer village, soak in a jacuzzi or snuggle up with a seasonal film at the Christmas cinema.
9 Dec till 10 Dec ,
One of the largest Christmas markets in the whole of the Netherlands, the Haarlem Christmas market is a must-see, must-do experience.
As you wander through the hundreds of market stalls weaving throughout the beautiful mediaval city centre, the sounds of Christmas carols and the scent of holiday treats fill the air, making it hard to ever head home.
City centre of Haarlem
20 Dec till 30 Dec , 11.00 – 20:00
Ice rink, Christmas markets, live entertainment and an abundance of traditional Dutch Christmas food and drinks – all set against the stunning backdrop of the Rijksmuseum.
21 Dec till 30 Dec ,
The Winterparade offers theatre, music, dance and delicious cuisine at a 120-metre-long table.
The table is used as a stage for a diverse programme with actors, dancers, musicians and more, while guests are treated to a delicious meal.
Zuiderkerk (in oldest part of Amsterdam: between Waterloopplein en Nieuwmarkt)
17 Mar till 18 Mar , 10:00-17:00
Rowing regattas are always exciting affairs, but as the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race in England proves, nothing quite captures the sporting public’s imagination quite like when rowers leave behind their dedicated track venues and take to unpredictable river waters. As such, since its inception in 1933, the Head of the River Amstel has grown into a national boating institution.
1 Apr till 14 May ,
The Tulip Festival plants the tulip in the city streets of Amsterdam.
The festivals aim is to plant eventually one tulip for each individual citizen of Amsterdam. This amounts to 800.000 tulips. This year, the third year, half a million tulips will be planted in open soil and in pots. You can enjoy them between April 1 and May 14 …or as long as they are blooming.
20 Jan , 13:00
Every year, an estimated 1.7 billion Dutch tulips bring a welcome touch of spring to households and businesses all over the globe. National Tulip Day sees Dutch tulip growers create a massive temporary garden on Dam Square, bursting with around 200,000 tulips. More than 10,000 people traditionally come along to pick up their own free tulip from Amsterdam every year – don't miss the chance to pick your own! The special theme for 2018 is 'Romantic'.
16 Feb ,
In 2018, Chinese New Year falls on 16 February. Festivities traditionally take place on Amsterdam's Dam Square and around the historic Nieuwmarkt/Zeedijk neighbourhood on the Saturday nearest New Year.