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Christmas in Amsterdam

Christmas is only a week away, so it’s time for those last-minute trips if you still want to celebrate Christmas somewhere else then at home. I’ve written a blog post before on booking a Christmas trip. However, since we’re so close to date, the best last-minute Christmas destination is: Amsterdam!

Where to sleep?

(All names are clickable and lead you right to the hotel on Booking.com)

De L’Europe

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Hotel De L’Europe is a 5 star hotel located in the middle of the centre. With the shopping street Kalverstraat and the famous Bloemenmarkt across the street, Rembrandtplein is just around the corner and it’s also very close to the Dam square and Leidseplein.

W Amsterdam

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W Amsterdam is also a 5 star hotel that is located in the middle of the city centre. The Dam square is just around the corner, it’s only a short walk to the Anne Frank House and the nine streets (really cute shopping streets).


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Krasnapolsky is literally located on Dam square, next to luxury shopping mall De Bijekorf. The Dam square is well known for it’s large Christmas tree, so make sure to get your view on the Dam square!

Intercontinental Amstel

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The Amstel hotel is something else. There’s a reason that celebrities always stay here when they come to Amsterdam. It’s located right on the water and it’s so beautiful. Staying here during the Amsterdam Light Festival is a huge recommendation by the way. It’s pretty close to Utrechtsestraat and Rembrandtplein.

Where to eat?


Pesca is one of my favourite restaurants to go in Amsterdam. I also wrote a blog post about it. You should definitely read it for way more information about this charm.


Closely behind Pesci there’s the Seafoodbar, which has multiple locations in Amsterdam. The biggest one is located on the Rokin, which is between the Dam square and the Bloemenmarkt. They also have a location at the Van Baerlestraat, which is close to the luxury shopping street P.C. Hooftstraat. There’s also a great cocktailbar across the street! They’ve recently opened a new location on the Damrak. Haven’t been there yet, but it looks amazing!

Bar Mokum

The amazing and typical Amsterdam cocktailbar across the street from the Seafoodbar at the Van Baerlestraat. They have amazing cocktails! My personal favourite is the Habbelebabs.

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What to do?

What to do, completely in the Christmas vibe:

Dam Square

You have to check out the huge Christmas tree on the Dam Square (it’s 20 meters long!) and while you’re there, also check all the Christmas decorations in the luxury department store De Bijenkorf.

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Magere Brug

The Magere Brug is a bridge close to Waterlooplein and Rembrandtplein beautifully decorated with Christmas lights and it has reflections in the water, which is beautiful!

Decorated streets

Pay a visit to the Utrechtsestraat, 9 Streets, De Spiegelgracht, P.C. Hooftstraat and Haarlemmerstraat for those magical Christmas decorations outside.

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Christmas Village Museumplein

The ultimate thing to do around Christmas? Visit a Christmas market! There’s a magical Christmas Village at Museumplein. Entry is free of course. It’s open from December 13th until December 26th from 12:00 – 9PM, but I would visit after 5PM because then you have the magical lights.

Ice Skating

Go ice skating on Rembrandtplein. It’s there until January 7th, so you have time to visit. Tickets are €3,50 and renting the skates costs €6,50.

Christmas Service

Looking for a Christmas Service? On December 24th there is one at 8PM and 10PM at the Noorderkerk.

So, have you booked your
Amsterdam Christmas trip already?

Xoxo Sylvahna

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