There is a lot going on in Amsterdam this December. First off, the annual Lights Festival is already up and running for it’s 3rd edition, just in time for the arrival of Sinterklaas. The IJ-Hallen will take place on mid December, come and find a great deal at the biggest flea market in Europe. Are you in search of odd and extraorindary talents? Hop in a bizarre ride, the Valhalla Festival is back in town for a unique show. And for those on the lookout for an exposition, art will be invading the Redlight district at the end of December!


The 3rd edition of the Amsterdam Lights Festival

This winter, the Amsterdam Lights Festival is back for it’s third edition. The Festival will light up the historical center of the city from November 27 to January 18. This year’s theme is « A Bright City » and will be expressed through magical artworks. These 40 pieces of art were designed and created by artists from several different countries such as Brasil, France, Portugal, New Zealand, Romania and Chile.

With the many canals and historical monuments present throughout Amsterdam’s scenery, the Lights Festival is organised around two routes.

  • The boat route « Water Colors » will enlighten the canals and the Amstel from November 27, 2014 to January 18, 2015.
  • The walking route « Illuminade » will take you through the city center of Amsterdam from December 11, 2014 to January 4, 2015.


Sinterklaas is coming to town


This 5th of December, Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) is coming to town! Although he might look like Santa Claus, he is a very Dutch character and loved by all. Legend tells us he came from Turkey and was kind to children. For his arrival in Amsterdam, Sinterklaas will sail into town with over a kilometre of boats in one great parade. 400.000 spectators will welcome Sinterklaas and his 600 Pieten as he hands out his many pepernoten (small spiced biscuits). The parade then continues on dry land, when Sinterklaas sets foot on his white horse to lead the way through the city center.

So, have you been good or bad? Lay out your shoes with a little water and carrot for the horse before going to bed and find out the next morning… Learn more


IJ-Hallen, Europe’s biggest flea market


On December 13 – 14, discover the biggest and most unique flea market in Europe. The market is open from 9am to 4:30pm and and entrance fee is €4,50. Come look around and find a great bargain. Find out more on the IJ-Hallen


Hop in a bizarre ride to Valhalla

The Valhalla Festival is back in town. On December 20th, reality and conventions will be challenged by the impossible. Come discover a unique circus where extraordinary is normal.


Art in Redlight

Art in Redlight

From December 27 – 30, the 10th anniversary edition of the Art in Redlight will be showcasing the artworks of 150 selected artists. Tickets are from 7,5€-10€ and can be bought here

Picture above is the work of V&B (Alex Jacobs en Ellemieke Schoenmaker)


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