7 Best Christmas Markets in Amsterdam

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Christmas in Amsterdam is more than just a celebration. It comes with the deliciousness of chocolate cakes, the mystic of mulled wine, rosy winter cheeks, and the lovely sound of Christmas carols. Be it the hallowed halls of the churches or the sparkling Christmas trees, Christmas in Amsterdam is full of joy and pleasure. So, the Christmas markets in Amsterdam also laden with the ‘best and beautiful’ items. 

Christmas is just around the corner, and if you are in Amsterdam and looking for the Christmas presents for your loved ones, dive into our selection of the best Christmas markets in Amsterdam for the perfect celebration.

1. Winkelcentrum Stadshart Amstelveen: The Coziest Christmas Market

Winkelcentrum Stadshart AmstelveenImage Source: wikimedia.org

Duration: 29th November 2018 to 6th January 2019 

Time: 10 am to 6 pm

Want to feel the warmth, authenticity, and generosity of Amsterdam? Head to Winkelcentrum Stadshart Amstelveen which is tagged as the ‘coziest market in Amsterdam’ for the amicable atmosphere it offers. The market features over sixty stalls selling the winter food, drinks, decorative material, and lovely Christmas gifts. Every year during the Christmas, the market gets nestled in the town square of Amstelveen and becomes a center of attraction to people from different corners of the city. The moment you enter Stadshart, you will meet winter in its loveliest form. 

The most interesting thing in this Christmas Markets is the open-air ice rink. The 450-meter ice skating rink is favorite among children and adults as it offers wonderful skating lessons. During the six weeks of Christmas market, this place offers various activities such as curling competitions, school skating, discos skating and more. Apart from this, there is a pop-up restaurant and outdoor bar for the best gastronomical treat. Strolling through the market chalets, you can attend the winter events as well. 

What’s cool: Come here on Sunday to enjoy the free little train ride through the market!

2. Ice Village: The Christmas Wonderland

Ice VillageImage Source: Wikimedia Commons

Duration: 14th December to 26th December 

Time: 11 am to 8 pm

Museumplein turns into a wonderland during the time of Christmas. Here you will find an incredible amalgamation of festivities with adventure. The Ice Village, the name itself suggests that you can have plenty of fun with ice here. Many people find this place enchanting, and why not! This Christmas market is a real mixing pot of entertainment and tradition. From street food and drinks to fashionable clothes, decorative items, and hand-made accessories, you will find everything here. 

Each evening in this iconic Christmas market in Amsterdam comes with live music, exotic drinks, fun games, and a crowd excited to celebrate Christmas in the best way possible. If you too want to catch the adrenaline rush, you would love to try skating on the ice rink. Try to visit the market in the evening to see it glittering with lights. Fashion, food, festivities against the backdrop of Rijksmuseum make this Christmas village on ice look magical! 

What’s cool: Challenge your friends in a ‘human bowling’ game (nowhere on earth you are going to see this one of a kind game).

3. Castle Christmas Fair in Heemskerk: Make the Christmas a Fairy-tale 

Image Source: Davidlohr Bueso/flickr.com

Duration: 29 and 30 November, 1 and 2 December

Time: 11 am to 10 pm 

On 2 December - 11 am to 6 pm 

If Christmas means gifting your loved ones unique and memorable things, Castle Christmas fair in Heemskerk is the place for you! With a romantic market, built within the glimmering courtyard with a stunning castle, and a singing Christmas tree as highlights, the Christmas market in Heemskerk transforms a commonplace into a fairy-tale and enchants all the Christmas guests. The place offers plenty of stalls for a great culinary experience, shopping, and entertainment. The festivities around the ancient castle provides a perfect ambiance for fairy-tale Christmas. 

Apart from a huge number of traditional and modern Christmas decorations and regional crafts, here you will find a wide, culinary delight with local specialties and delicacies from all over the world. This includes the crafted baked bread, fudge, and a huge variety of beverages. For all the fashionable people there, the variety of clothing and jewelry would blow your mind. Yes, use your bargaining skills as much as you can to make your ‘Christmas memories’ least expensive!

What’s cool: Attend the musical concert to catch the contemporary hits and enjoy singing and dancing with the best Christmas choirs in the city.

4. Funky Xmas Market: Get Festive and Funky this Christmas

Funky Xmas MarketImage Source: charley1965/flickr.com

Duration: 16 December

Time: 12 pm to 6 pm 

The name says it all, doesn’t it? To be honest, I was really prejudiced and doubtful if I would ever get something useful in this small Christmas market. But as I entered here (with all the negative thoughts), I realized why this place is favorite to many. Funky Xmas Market is another name for the Sunday Market in Westergasfabriek. I found this market a lovely gathering of contemporary art, design, fashion, and culture. A number of designers and craft-makers from different corners of the city come here to display their wonderful talent and sell their creative items. From here, you can buy some souvenir for your friends and family as the market is a paradise of local crafts. In addition to this, you will see some wonderful restaurants, bars, clubs, and exhibitions here. 

Westergasfabriek used to be the city’s gas plant earlier, but today people know it mostly for the Christmas market. After enjoying the Sunday market here, you can also join the neighborhood market that is organized just a week after this market is held. So, if you want to celebrate your Christmas in a real Amsterdam style, you shouldn’t miss floating in the funkiness of the Funky Xmas Market!

What’s cool: Buy some vintage clothes to look different on Christmas evening. 

5. Amsterdam Roest: Relax and Shop for Xmas

Amsterdam RoestImage Source: Pixabay.com

Duration: Throughout the year

Time: Friday - 5 pm to 3 am 

Saturday - 12 pm to 4 am 

Located on the east side of Amsterdam, Roest is home to many old warehouses. No matter at what time of the day you come here at, the pleasing atmosphere of the market makes the shopping a relaxing activity. Amsterdam is a huge market where you can grab anything you want for the Christmas celebrations. The market looks colorful during the Christmas season as all the shops are laden with Christmas decoration and fashion items. 

Have you ever dined at Roest? You just can’t leave the place without having lunch or dinner as the place is a heaven for all the food lovers. Satisfy your taste buds with a burger or a chicken roll from the food truck. As mentioned above, Christmas shopping is not a trading thing here as you can take your shopping bags down and relax on the beach chairs. 

What’s cool: If you are here on Sunday, you can enjoy the special brunch between 12 to 4 pm.

6. Scandinavian Christmas Market: Celebrate in Scandinavian Style

Scandinavian Christmas MarketImage Source: Wikimedia Commons

Duration: Mid-December

Time: Varies (Check before the visit)

So, are you in Amsterdam and fascinated with the Scandinavian style of celebrating Christmas? Don’t worry, you need not travel to the Nordic countries for this experience as you will get each and everything for you Scandinavian Christmas this year in the Scandinavian Christmas Market. The Christmas season in the Nordic countries is a symbol of light and warmth in winter. You can feel the same in Amsterdam when you visit this one-of-a-kind market. The mouth-watering cookies, exotic drinks, and a well-lit evening will bring an unforgettable Scandinavian touch to your Christmas. This market is held in Muiderkerk. So, wait no more as now you can decorate your house with the authentic products from the Scandinavian countries. 

What’s cool: Taste the cuisines of Finland, Denmark, and Norway here.

Check Out: Places to Visit in Europe in December

7. Flower Market: Time to Buy a Christmas Tree

Flower Market AmsterdamImage Source: Justus Hayes/flickr.com

Duration: Throughout the year

Time: 9 am to 5.30 pm 

You are done with all your Christmas shopping- gifts, clothes, lights, cakes, and drinks. Now, it’s time to select the best Christmas tree for your house. The flower market is the place where you will get one! Often referred to as ‘the most fragrant place in Amsterdam’, Flower Market is full of people during the Christmas season. Although at all times of the year, this place offers a wide range of flowers such as tulips, narcissus, or geraniums, Christmas is the most colorful time of the year for the Flower Market. You can get a Christmas tree in all shapes and sizes (depending upon your budget). What about gifting a cute little Christmas tree with tons of good wishes to your significant other? I did the same while in Amsterdam. ☺

What’s cool: Visit the souvenir shops, cheese and cake houses on the way.

The Dutch capital is all set to glitter with Christmas light. The Christmas carol is ready to be sung with joy. Santa is moving slowly towards your beautiful house. It’s time you shouldn’t wait! Buy the best for this festive season from these Christmas markets in Amsterdam. 

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