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: Free Things To Do
September 12, 2013
Amsterdam and the surrounding towns of Zaandam, Purmerend, Zuidost and Wormeveer were once guarded by a defensive ring of fortifications 84 miles (135 km) long, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The Stelling van Amsterdam (Amsterdam Defence Line in English) is backed by a series of 46 squat concrete forts and a complicated system of dykes, polders and locks on numerous canals.
August 29, 2013
Amsterdam is full of world-beating museums, renowned concert halls, royal palaces, tree-lined canals and an international gastronomic restaurant scene. But peek behind the mainstream façade and you’ll find a world of alternative ideas and entertainment in secret Amsterdam – here are ten little-known things to see in the city.
August 15, 2013
The Nine Streets in Amsterdam (De Negen Straatjes) are tucked away between the historic city center and bohemian Jordaan, criss-crossing the 17th-century Canal Ring between Reestraat and Runstraat. These cosy little side streets are lined with independent boutiques providing some of the best shopping in Amsterdam.
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.
July 4, 2013
With no sandy beaches of its own, Amsterdam has decided to create some. Now you can cool off on sunny days without leaving the city limits. And the great news is that all Amsterdam City Beaches are free.
January 3, 2013
There is plenty to do in Amsterdam over winter. The climate in the capital city of The Netherlands is not always at its most welcoming but if you’re lucky the sun will come out, the crowds will have disappeared, and you’ll have the place virtually to yourself.
December 18, 2012
New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam sees the city erupt in celebration of Oudejaarsavond with fantastic firework displays and late-night fun for residents and a multitude of hard-partying Euro-revellers alike. Stores close in the early afternoon on New Year’s Eve and reopen on January 2; most of Amsterdam’s street parties are accessible on foot in the largely pedestrianized city center.
November 19, 2012
Amsterdam in 2012 celebrates Christmas with a Light Festival—The Netherlands’ capital city comes alive with magical laser shows piercing the night sky and glinting off the canals over the Christmas season.
July 27, 2012
In a city that knows how to party, this is the biggest and best party of the year: the Canal Parade, part of Gay Pride.
Saturday August 4, 2012 will see people lining along the canals and riverside to watch the parade of decorated barges pass by, topped with flamboyant costumed revellers, happy dancing and loud music.