Amsterdam Christmas Market
Every year, Amsterdam Christmas Markets draw visitors from around the world. The traditions and decorations sweep guests up in the festive atmosphere and the sparkling lights of the market stalls set the scene as you hunt for Christmas gifts. Wander the charming lanes and canals featuring illuminated walkways for the Amsterdam Light Festival, warm up at one of the many coffee shops and while away the hours in one of the museums.
There are a number of unique Christmas Markets in Amsterdam, from arts and crafts in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum in Museumplein to the lights and window displays of the Bijenkorf store. The Flower market is possibly the most fragrant place in the whole city. A visit to this market is a must for any Amsterdam Christmas Market trip. Here you can enjoy the stunning variety of flowers, plants, bulbs, herbs and Christmas trees. The largest and most colourful market on offer will be found at the Albert Cuypstraat. Here you can pick up a range of seasonal snacks, as well as a wealth of toys and clothing. Alternatively, you can visit the craft market to stock up on unusual gifts for family and friends.
A trip to the central Leidsestraat and Amsterdam's most famous square will present you with a variety of traditional Christmas markets and festive stalls. Both the iconic Leidseplein and Konningsplein are lined with food stalls, handicrafts and gifts to take home, with an ice rink being the central attraction at the Leidseplein market.
If you can't make the Christmas markets, then an Amsterdam city break has something to offer people of all ages with sightseeing, shopping and leafy parks.
- Flight time from London: 1 hour 5 min
- Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: 16km from the city centre; transfer time about 15 min
- Nearest railway station: Amsterdam Centraal Station
- Currency: Euro
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