What to do in Amsterdam in December

Top 3 things to do!

Winter is on the rise! Christmas is coming nearer and nearer and the festive season is about to start. If you want to head for spending a couple of days of December in Amsterdam, we collected 3 things you should do during this time.

Ice skating

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What else is as beautiful and romantic as ice skating with someone during the winter? – Nearly nothing ;). Amsterdam offers several possibilities to spend a couple of hours on the ice. The biggest and most famous centre for ice skating is called Jaap Edenbaan. The centre already opened last month in October. Therefore, it is already possible to do ice skating at the outdoor rink of 400 meters. For adults the price for one day amounts to 6.60€. Renting the ice skates is possible. On the Museumplein in front of the Rijksmuseum the pond is a nice ice skating rink in winter. You can bring your own skates – then it’s free! It’s also possible to rent some skates. During the evening, the place is illuminated to be even more romantic. The Museumplein is open from the 15th November during the whole week. Another rather smaller place is Leidesplein. It’s open from 15h November as well during the whole week from 10 am to 11 pm. The fee for entrance amounts to 2.50€ and renting skates is possible with a fee of 5€.

Amsterdam Light Festival


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When the days are becoming shorter and darker during winter, light is important for us. Therefore, the Amsterdam Light Festival celebrates winter and Christmas in a truly cozy manner. The festival starts on the 6th December and ends on the 19th January in 2014. Many places within the city will be illuminated; romantic Christmas atmosphere is guaranteed! Already on the 21st November, the “Turn on the Lights” festival illuminates the city and includes several artistic performances.

Christmas markets


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Amsterdam offers a lot of different markets. Nearly 26 markets in the neighbourhood enrich the festive season. In the city centre there are many squares where Christmas atmosphere arises. Leidesplein and Koningsplein have several food stands and during December special Christmas activities take place. Organic lovers will find organic and sustainable products at the Pure Market. Usually it takes place at the Amstelpark or the Park Frankdeal. In Amsterdam, markets generally take place on Sunday. In the Christmas season, the Sunday markets transforms into beautiful Christmas markets, with stalls, food and beverage, music and lights. With these activities December in Amsterdam will be wonderful! Enjoy it! Habitat Apartments will enrich your trip to Amsterdam with carefully selected Apartments, which make your stay as comfortable as possible.

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