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  1. You had me at chocolate…haha! But seriously, I would eat my weight in chocolate in Amsterdam during the winter so that is a key idea for me! We have only had stopovers in Amsterdam but each time it was wintertime and I was shocked how the cold temps don’t stop the locals from getting outside! I think Ice Skating would be a blast for sure but I have to say the watching of all the lights sounds perfect even if there isn’t a cool parade or festival going on while there!

  2. I would love to visit Amsterdam in the winter especially around Christmas the lights at Dam Square look beautiful as do the shops De Bijenkorf. I think my favorite thing would be the Christmas market in Haarlem.

  3. Thats it, I’m going to Amsterdam! One of the few places in Europe we just never seem to get to. We will be there in Summer though but looks like most of these things will still be there. Maybe not ice skating?

  4. Wow great list of things to do in Amsterdam during winter. I thought that there is not much to do during winter but there are so many things. I would love to stroll around festive markets and festive lighting in whole city during New Year.

  5. What a fabulous list! I am all over the museum night and the Christmas markets. I also love National Tulip Day in January. What a bright and cheerful way to celebrate in January, whereas in Canada we are still frozen solid!

  6. Great post! I finally visited Amsterdam last spring and adored it, but it looks like winter has a lot to ofer as well. Tulip day in January looks like a a great way to cheer up in the chilly winter months, along with some Pepernoten and chocoa of course 🙂

  7. I have been to Amsterdam many times. I just love the place and there is always so much to do. I like your list there are things on there which I would love to add to my next trip there like Museum night I didn’t know about that. I think I might also add a day trip to Zaanse Schans or Utrecht.

  8. I’ve always wanted to visit Amsterdam but we haven’t made it there yet. It looks like an amazing place for a winter visit, especially December. The Haarlem Christmas Market would be a great way to celebrate the season but I’d also love to skate on the canals. They do that at home too when they freeze over but I had no idea it was cold enough in Amsterdam for them to freeze! So cool!

  9. I visited Amsterdam one year in the winter and it was bloody freezing but it was also so magical at that time of year with the snow too. I love when cities don’t seem to close down for the winter but instead then sort of enter another faze and come to live in another way. Amsterdam is one of those places where there is so much going on at all times of the year! This also makes me want to go back to much!

  10. I really love this idea for a post! I’m sure that even without a guarantee of snow, Amsterdam would be one of the most picturesque places to spend the holidays. The Christmas exhibit at the Museum Willet-Holthuysen looks absolutely amazing, and MUSEUMNACHT also sounds like so much fun, especially with museums temporarily turning into venues for cocktails and food.

  11. Thank you so much for this post! I’m going to be in Amsterdam from Dec 31 to Jan 6 for the first time and I’m so looking forward to checking out some of the places you’ve listed! I grew up in Toronto, so I’m not worried about the cold and all the cafes everywhere sound perfect for warming up😊


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