Winter Season 2016

As the cooler and shorter days begin in the city, Amsterdam prepares for a fun-packed season.
The City comes into its own in the winter months with a festive atmosphere, cosy pubs and plenty of events to enjoy.
Highlights include the Light Festival, plays and performances and many Christmas and New Years events and parties.

Cannabis City

Every week thousands come to the Netherlands to enjoy a society where cannabis is available to anyone over 18 years of age, and able to identify themselves. Many, coming by car from Belgium, France and Germany, head from the country’s border straight for the nearest town with a Coffeeshop. Starting 2012 this situation has changed, leaving Amsterdam the No.1 visiting city for Cannabis tourism in the world.

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Christmas E-mail

ChristmasChristmas - The Dutch celebrate two days of Christmas: Eerste Kerstdag (the first day of Christmas) on the 25th of December and Tweede Kerstdag (Boxing day) on the 26th. For visitors to the city, who are more used to the Anglo-American Christmas held on the 24th and 25th of December, there is still plenty of  fun left to be had. If you find yourself in the city this Christmas, the following are a few suggestions to help you pass the time and incorporate a little Dutch culture into your holidays.

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Sinterklaas E-mail

SinterklaasSinterklaas

Sinterklaas (also called Sint Nicolaas, de Goedheiligman or simply de Sint in Dutch, is a traditional Winter holiday figure in the Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname and the Dutch Antillian countries. He is celebrated annually on Saint Nicholas' eve (5 December) or, in Belgium, on the morning of 6 December. The feast celebrates the name day of Saint Nicholas, patron saint of Amsterdam, children and sailors. He is the basis of the mythical holiday figure of Santa Claus in the United States

All Dutch children know that Sinterklaas (the name is a corruption of Sint Nikolaas) lives in Spain. It is what old Sinterklaas songs and nursery rhymes claim, but exactly why he does remains a mystery. Read more...

 
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Dancing & Live Music

Music in Amsterdam is a daily returning fun thing to see. Many artists like performing in the cities venues Paradiso, Melkweg and Heineken Music Hall. Throughout the city you can find various smaller cafés and clubs where live performances... Read More

They Really Eat That Here?

Though the Dutch have no significant traditional cuisine, there are a few simple, but typically dutch dishes. You probably remember the conversation in Pulp Fiction about the French fries in Amsterdam, where they discuss that the most common condiment... Read More

Amsterdam Cannabis City

Amsterdam is famous for a couple of things. The most well known being, our 'Cannabis' coffeeshops, where anyone older than 18 and able to identify themselves can buy up to 5 grams of Marijuana or Hashish. View a list of all Coffeeshops Amsterdam