With its long-standing traditions, quaint markets and snow-topped roofs, Europe is a magical place to be at Christmas time. There’s something special about every city but we reckon Amsterdam is once of the best places to find a good dose of yuletide cheer. Here’s a few of our favourite things to check out in Amsterdam this festive season:

1. IJ-Hallen – Amsterdam Noord

Do you love local markets and hunting for a bargain? Then IJ-Hallen Flea Market is for you. Held on a number of days through November & December in the old NDSM shipping yards, the flea market is packed to the brim with everything and anything you might be looking for including used clothing, shoes, toys, tools, antiques and even kitchen sinks – all going for a song! You might have to rummage through a fair bit of junk to find the gems – but that’s the fun of it all! Located at NDSM, the flea market is only a 5 minute cycle ride from ClinkNOORD – a perfect purse-friendly outing for anyone staying at the hostel!


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World Christmas Circus

Coming to the Royal Theatre Carré Amsterdam between 22nd December and 9th January is the World Christmas Circus, featuring the crème de la crème of the circus world. The show has been running since 1887 and features only the best acts that the world has to offer today. See contortionists, the best clown shows, horse shows, trapeze artists, acrobats and more in this once in a lifetime show. Tickets are around €15-€59 per person and are available via the World Christmas Circus website.

World Xmas Circus Amsterdam | Christmas Time In Amsterdam | Clink Hostels

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Amsterdam Light Festival 

From 2nd December to 23rd January, Amsterdam will be lit up all over the city centre. The festival will be celebrating its 10 year jubilee, which is also this year’s theme. You can expect 30 different pieces all around the city designed and curated by international and national artists. The installations light up every day from 5 PM to 11 PM and are in the open air so it’s basically free for everyone. However, they do offer guided tours, if you’re looking to get the whole cultural experience, which we do recommend ourselves!

Amsterdam Lights Festival | What to do in Amsterdam This Christmas | Clink Hostels

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Enjoy some Dutch Delicacies

The festive season is all about tucking into some tasty food. Amsterdam is full to the brim with Christmas markets, food stalls and restaurants so those visiting will be spoilt for choice! There are loads of festive treats to choose from but for a true taste of Dutch foodie culture we recommend finding some Olieballen and Appelbeignets – you can thank us later!

Oliballen | What to do in Amsterdam This Christmas | Clink Hostels

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Christmas shopping

With everything from high-street stores and vintage shops to boutique fashion outlets and street markets, Amsterdam is one of the best places to shop in Europe. If you’re leaving your Xmas shopping until the last minuet, then a visit to Amsterdam is what you need!

Take a tour of the city

Amsterdam during the winter months is absolutely stunning. With Christmas trees, decorations and lights adorning the city the whole place feels like a fairy tale. Yes the weather can be a little temperamental but us Clinkers are hardy folk. Plus, there are no shortage of places to grab a hot chocolate to warm your cockles.  Get on your winter wear and head out to soak up the sights, just don’t forget to tag @clinkhostels in all your selfies!

Amsterdam is a great place to visit any time of the year but Christmas time in the Dutch capital really is a special occasion. Why not book your trip today and experience it for yourself!

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