Christmas preparations kick off in mid-November in Amsterdam, when the streets are adorned with Christmas lights and store windows decorated with festive scenes. Celebrating Christmas in Amsterdam starts in the third weekend of November, when Sinterklaas and his helpers arrive in the city and sail down the Amstel River before parading through Amsterdam’s streets, which are lined with cheering youngsters.
Category: Festivals & Events
October 18, 2013
Until recently Halloween was not commonly celebrated in Amsterdam; the Dutch equivalent is St Martin’s Day on November 11, when kids sing in the streets for rewards of sweets, but this is a celebration of random acts of kindness rather than the dark underbelly of black magic and horror. However, in the last few years, Halloween in Amsterdam has become big business.
October 17, 2013
Every year Amsterdam plays host to the biggest dance- and electronic-music club-based event in the world, importing 2,000 international musicians and artists into more than 70 clubs, pubs and theaters across the city for five days of hard partying, gigs and shows – Amsterdam Dance Event 2013 dates are October 16 through 20.
October 10, 2013
The annual night-time opening of around 50 of Amsterdam’s museums has become one of the city’s best-loved festivals. The date for Amsterdam Museum Night in 2013 is Saturday, November 2, which will see museums great and small open their doors from 7pm-2am, putting on workshops, special exhibitions, poetry readings, bands and DJs as well as offering food and wine to all comers.
September 26, 2013
Located in Museumplein alongside the its heavyweight compatriots the Stedelijk and Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum re-opened its doors in May after a period of renovation. Houses in a building designed by Dutch De Stijl architect Gerrit Rietveld, the museum is also celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013 with an exhibition entitled ‘Van Gogh at Work’.
September 9, 2013
Enjoy the best of Amsterdam with the Ultimate Amsterdam Experience for 2! Perfect for first-time visitors and locals alike, these tours offer a unique way to see the city and its sights.
There’s also a visit to the Gassan Diamonds factory, which allows spectators to watch the talented workers turn rough diamonds into exquisitely polished stones! This month, one lucky winner will be awarded two tickets to the Amsterdam City Sightseeing Tour PLUS while on the tour they will each receive a Gassan diamond worth €500!
July 18, 2013
Attracting half a million visitors annually into Amsterdam, Uitmarkt is the biggest cultural festival in The Netherlands and celebrates all genres of music from hip-hop to classical, theater, books, dance and film – 2013 dates are August 29 through September 1.
June 30, 2013
The lavishly redesigned Rijksmuseum reopened in Amsterdam in April 2013 to international acclaim. Now a new exhibition has opened to coincide with the official opening of the museum’s new outdoor gallery. It was unveiled on the first-ever Museumplein Weekend, which was celebrated June 21 through 23. Henry Moore has come to Amsterdam.
June 20, 2013
Amsterdam’s vibrant Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival) brings aspiring musicians together with established classical stars from across the world into the city for ten days every August; festival dates for 2013 are August 16-25.
June 13, 2013
As Amsterdam is one of the more ethnically diverse cities in Northern Europe, it is appropriate that the biggest world music festival in The Netherlands brings international musicians to the city every July – 2013 dates are July 4 through 7 – in a joyous celebration of cross culture.