Christmas in Amsterdam

Old Sep 30th, 2021, 09:45 AM
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Christmas in Amsterdam

I am planning a trip to Amsterdam in late Dec. / early Jan. and am thinking about coming in early for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Would love for others to share favorite restaurants/ activities, knowing things won't be "normal" for Christmas 2021. A friend is there right now and having a lovely time. I know what I would be doing in Paris at Christmas but not Amsterdam.
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Old Sep 30th, 2021, 04:40 PM
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Here are some links but you will have to use Google Translate, information I think not available on their English pages:

https://www.iamsterdam.com/nl/uit/gr...dagen/kerstmis

This is a general Christmas in Amsterdam page from the point of view of locals. It includes where to see the best Christmas lights and some restaurants.

https://www.iamsterdam.com/nl/uit/mu...achtsoratorium

https://www.iamsterdam.com/nl/uit/mu...olland-baroque

The next two are concerts on 17 and 14 December. I don't know your dates but you might find something even closer to your dates than these.

https://www.iamsterdam.com/nl/uit/gr...kbij-amsterdam

This one is Christmas markets, although they won't be as big a deal as the German ones.

Christmas Day there will be very little happening, things will be closed. The big celebrations in the Netherlands are around St Nicholas (5 Dec), that is the main present-giving festival, Christmas is secondary.

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Oh, and there will also be skating. While there are skating rinks, if the weather cooperates there will also be other waterways frozen. And in January, there will be olieballen to eat - scalding hot freeform doughnuts, sometimes with currants or apple in them, dusted with icing sugar. I am pretty sure you will find somewhere to skate and snack!

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Old Sep 30th, 2021, 05:22 PM
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Thank you!
I have booked tickets for the Van Gogh museum on Christmas Day. I want to book a lunch or dinner. I'm staying near the Van Gogh for those nights.

Thanks for the ideas!
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Christmas is celebrated mostly at home, with family, so book somewhere you know will open on Christmas day. Especially 25/12 is a day that a lot will be closed, even in Amsterdam. Also, at the moment you need proof of vaccination to get into a restaurant. I don't know whether that will be still the case in December, so I suggest you keep an eye on Dutch Corona regulations as they develop. I can almost guarantee you that there will be no skating on the canals. The icerinks that were there (there used to be a big one on Museumplein) might not return.

Do try to book a concert on the 26th, or go to a night service on Christmas eve. I can recommend the Dominicus church (protestant) right in the centre of Amsterdam or the Krijtberg (catholic) on Singel. The 2 churches on Begijnhof might also be good options.

But again, there still are Covid restrictions in force. For any venue you'll have to show proof of vaccination through a QR code (at least that's the situation at the moment, it might be that all this has been lifted by end of December, or we might be in a surge of infections, who knows)
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Do try to book a concert on the 26th, or go to a night service on Christmas eve. I can recommend the Dominicus church (protestant) right in the centre of Amsterdam or the Krijtberg (catholic) on Singel. The 2 churches on Begijnhof might also be good options.
Thanks! I checked into Dominicus and will stream if I can't attend (limits).
Just finished booking restaurants for those two days.
Really appreciate the help!
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Thanks! I checked into Dominicus and will stream if I can't attend (limits).
Just finished booking restaurants for those two days.
Really appreciate the help!
So glad!
Don't know if there still are tickets (and of course, corona volente and all that), but this is very good: https://www.concertgebouworkest.nl/n...aap-van-zweden

Mahler, Beethoven and Matthias Goerne, with van Zweden conducting: really top notch stuff (and an afternoon concert, after a nice lunch and all that, or with drinks after, and of course the world class venue that is the Concertgebouw.)
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