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Amsterdam Christmas Markets 2020
The nights may be long and dark in winter, but you can always brighten up any day with a visit to a Christmas market in Amsterdam.
There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere of a Christmas market to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. And Amsterdam has no shortage of seasonal shopping opportunities, with a range of independent festive markets taking place every week leading up to Christmas.
From traditional Dickensian markets that aim to capture all the magic of a traditional Victorian Christmas to trendy food festivals inside old industrial buildings, there’s a Christmas market to suit everyone. While many take place in Amsterdam itself, some of the more rewarding markets can be found slightly out of town in areas like Haarlem, Lelystad and Keukenhof.
As well as the Christmas markets, don’t miss Amsterdam’s other festive hotspots (or should we say coldspots) in the form of winter ice rinks. Museumplein hosts a convivial ice rink village flanked by traditional wooden chalets selling hearty festive food and drinks, while the Jaap Eden ice skating centre is also popular in winter months with its huge, 400m outdoor rink surrounded by fairy lanterns.
So whether you’re seeking shopping inspiration, ice-skating fun, or just a sweet snack under the fairy lights, see below for our selection of seasonal treats to be found both in and outside Amsterdam.
Every year in December there is traditionally a big Christmas tree on the Dam square. This 20-meter high tree stands in front of the Royal Palace and is decorated with 40,000 energy-efficient LED lights. Together with the beautifully illuminated Bijenkorf they form the symbol of all festive activities organized in the month of December in Amsterdam.
The greatest place to skate a few laps, come to the ice rink at the Museumplein. The smoothest ice rink will be in front of the beautiful Rijksmuseum again, surrounded by cozy stalls with wintry refreshments.
Also this year it’s enjoy the beautiful Leidseplein. The ice rink will be setup in winter atmosphere again, just like every year. With the surrounding restaurants, the fresh oliebollen (a variety of dumpling), waffle and sausage stalls and of course the beautiful appearance of the Leidseplein itself which make this place the perfect winter experience. Winter Plaza on Leidseplein guarantees an unforgettable Dutch winter experience!
In December there are Christmas trees in all shapes and sizes for sale on the flower market. For the ultimate Christmas feeling there’s Christmas Palace, Amsterdam’s unique shop where the 365 days of the year is Christmas. Here you score easily a nice gift for under the tree.
Museumplein- Ice Village
On the Museumplein it is the Winter Market that sets up camp here during the winter months. Immerse yourself in the true Christmas spirit with many twinkling lights, festive music, gifts and treats. Open daily at 12:00 from December 17 to December 30, 2018. Sip on mulled wine and stroll along the various booths to look for the perfect present for under the tree. Experience Christmas in this magical mini village, and indulge in a delicious ‘oliebol’!
Each market has different opening times, some just one weekend, some all month. The larger makets are open from the 1st of December to the 23rd of December.
The holiday season starts with Sinterklaas on December 5th; a Dutch tradition complete with pepernoten and parades!
Hotel rooms in Amsterdam tend to be smaller then you may be used to, because most of the buildings are narrow and tall.
Here is our shortlist of the best hotels close to the gay area in Amsterdam,
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Where to stay close to all the gay bars
Gay Map of Amsterdam
The Amsterdam gay scene is constantly changing with bars opening and closing all the time. The Regulierswarstraat has seen a resurgence of late with many new bars opening. The sex and cruising bars are close to Dam square.
Christmas Market Amsterdam
Highlights of the festivities in Christmas Market Amsterdam
Recommended Hotels in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is quite compact and is very easy to navigate on foot (just watch out for the bicycles). The main gay areas are in the centre and are within easy walk to most of the hotels below.
5 Star – Central Location
This 5 star hotel offers luxurious accommodation along the Amstel River, in the heart of the city. Offering a fitness area, spa and a waterside terrace.
5 Star, Luxury
Built in the 17th century making it the oldest hotel in Amsterdam, NH Collection Amsterdam is a boutique style hotel located along the Amstel River.
Albus Hotel Amsterdam
4 Star – Great Amenities
Each room in this 4 star Amsterdam city centre hotel has a flat-screen TV, Nespresso machine, a rain shower and a bathrobes and free Wi-Fi.
4 Star – Perfect Location
Offering rooms with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV, this 4 star hotel is just a 5 minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station and is fully air conditioned.