There are a few Christmas markets in Amsterdam this year, each of which has something unique about it. Whether you’re looking for a colossal affair with ski slopes and ice skating or something that celebrates local artists and producers, there’s a Christmas market in Amsterdam suited to you.
1. ICE Amsterdam
📅November 14 – February 5
Amsterdammers will have seen the huge ice rink at Museumplein and it’s a great place to skate but there is also a lovely Christmas market around the rink where you can find gifts, crafts and plenty of delicious food.
It opens between 10 am and 10 pm, Sunday to Thursday then 10 am to 11 pm Friday and Saturday and at the onsite bistro you’ll find the most comforting food. In particular, the cheese fondue which is surely the most indulgent of dishes.
2. Pure Markt Christmas market
Every last Sunday of the month at Park Frankendael there’s a sprawling market featuring the most delicious food and plenty of local produce. On December 18, from 11 am – 5 pm the Christmas edition of the market will be held and you can expect handcrafted gifts, tasty cheeses and much more.
3. Amsterdam Winter Paradise
📅December 15 – January 1
Every year, the RAI becomes a stunning Winter Paradise and it’s not just your run of the mill Amsterdam Christmas market. There’s a huge ferris wheel and two skating rinks – one indoors and another outdoors.
Plus, you can even ski between lovely Christmas trees and feel like you’re in the Alps. There are tube slides, a theatre, a maze, a little train and of course, there will be plenty of food and drink to munch on whilst you work your way around this colossal winter wonderland.
Ticket prices vary. A day ticket is €21.50 and it includes most of the activities. Alternatively, you can buy a morning ticket for €19.50 or a night ticket for €11. You can book you tickets on the website.
4. Funky Xmas Market
If you’re looking for something different then head to Westergasfabriek on December 18 where the Funky Xmas Market is showcasing the work of local artists and creatives. The market itself runs every Sunday and it’s one of the best markets in Amsterdam, which surely makes Funky Xmas market one of the best Christmas markets in Amsterdam.