Amsterdam week guide #1

A new week in Amsterdam means new things to do see, and explore in the city too! The holiday season is about to start and people are slowly working towards the end of the year. If you still have free time left, or you might be just visiting the city and wondering what you could do this week, then we got you covered. So go out and get the best of what Amsterdam has to offer this week!

1. Go ice skating at Museum Square or Westerpark
All days of the week

It's definitely getting colder outside, but to go ice skating in Amsterdam we don't have to wait until the temperature drops below zero degrees. There's plenty of ice rinks in the city, and a few popup ones too! Go ice skating on the iconic Museum Square (with views of Rijksmuseum) or from this week on at Westergas! the latter just opened yesterday. Got enough of trying your best moves on the ice? There's a Christmas market where you get a hot drink and brag about your ice skating skills! Go check it out!

Ice* Amsterdam & Westergas ijsbaan

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2. Go to the evening opening at Het Scheepvaartmuseum
Tuesday 10 December

The Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam has a special evening about global warming, the importance of it will be discussed by using the artworks of the Amsterdam Light Festival as examples. There is someone who will 'translate' the artworks into word so it makes sense for most people.  You can also book a table, so you can have a two-course dinner before!

Price €5 / €21 - Scheepvaartmuseum at Kattenburgerplein 1
Het scheepvaartmusuem

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3. Go see the Amsterdam Light Festival
From november until 19 January

Yes, if you haven't visited yet, go and see the Amsterdam Light Festival this week! It's the perfect way to discover the East of Amsterdam. The route will go around ARTIS and pretty views guaranteed. We are sure you will like all the artworks of this year. They all have something in common with the theme 'Disruption'. Curious now?

Get your tickets and see the Amsterdam Light Festival from one of our boats. If you like to see the zoo at night too, we have a special deal in collaboration with ARTIS, so you can join participate in their night tour too!

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4. Visit one of the Christmas markets in Amsterdam
During the holiday season

Yes, it's that time of the year again! Christmas markets here and there, pouring hot chocolate milk instead of rain (hopefully) and Christmas trees lighting up the city (besides the Amsterdam Light Festival, of course). 

Do your holiday shopping, or use it as an excuse to eat and drink while you're strolling around the stalls. Maybe you'll get a chance to on a photo with Santa Claus too!

See a list of all the Christmas markets in and around Amsterdam here.

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5. Drink a cup of Hot Chocolate (with or without booze)
All days of the week

Ice skating, Christmas markets, what else, what else? Hooot chocolate milk to keep you warm during the cold days! When you need that extra shot of warmness, get one with a shot or two of your favorite type of liquor. That will keep you warm, for at least the moment you have to go outside again. So we recommend you staying inside as long you can and enjoy the cozyness of the Amsterdam cafes like Winkel 43 (Jordan) and get their famous apple pie too, or Scandinavian Embassy (de Pijp) and Beter & Leuk (East)

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6. See the Christmas tree at Dam Square

At last, but definitely not least: the 20 meter tall Christmas tree at Dam Square! They just put it up last weekend and will be there until at least after New Years, 

Go see it while you're around, maybe shopping for the holidays or visiting the Royal Palace, who knows. Don't forget to ask someone to take a picture of you with the tree in the background!

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