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THIS MONTH …
What’s on? Amsterdam | Dec 2017
til 4 Feb
ICE Amsterdam @ Museumplein
For the 5th time, local residents & visitors can go ice skating underneath a replica of ‘De Magere Brug’ at Museumplein. (It’s meant to be nostalgic). It will also be the largest mobile ice rink in Amsterdam. Festive food and drink, ice-skating lessions and the Christmas market, Ice*Village, will run from 20-30 Dec. Tickets on sale now.
until 21 January
Amsterdam Light Festival @ various locations
The light art installations of Amsterdam Light Festival are exclusively made for the festival, created with a specific location in mind, like the masts of the VOC ship ‘de Amsterdam’. In total, 35 artworks will be on show, including ‘thinline’ by Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. You can experience the water exhibition via a ‘Water Colors’ cruise (running from now until 21 January) or visit the land exhibition at the new location at the Marineterrein Amsterdam (from 14 December until 7 January). The land exhibition at the Marineterrein is freely accessible from 17:00-22:00, closing early on New Year’s Eve.
Thu 7 Dec | 20:30
Zitakula @ in Paradiso Noord – Tolhuistuin
Our favourite afro-beats band. They sold out the Kleine Zaal (small hall) of the Paradiso last April for the release of their debut album ‘Oasis’. So if you missed them then, here’s another chance.
Thu 7 Dec | 20:30
Nutty Anita’s Comedy Night @ De Nieuwe Anita
Farbod Frappant headlines and Ken Parsons plays host.
Sat 9 Dec | 12:00 – 14:30
BAEs That Lunch (The Holiday Edition)
This local Christmas brunch is organised by the Creative Women’s Collective together with Girls That Grub. Their last networking collaboration was at The Kanarie Club and they even made a video about it. Buy a ticket to attend. “The CWC aims to give creative women the knowledge, tools, and network, to help them maximize their creative strengths. Online as well as offline.”
Sun 10 Dec
Vintage Santa Tram by Amsterdam Mamas @ Elektrische Tram Museum (see our video for a taste of what to expect)
Sun 10 Dec
VERSO / Uprising @ Mezrab
A monthly literary journal in Amsterdam featuring local and visiting editors, writers, artists, and thinkers, in live-form poems, stories, essays, interviews, reviews, and more. Courtesy of Versal and the Mezrab.
Sun 17 Dec
Breakfast with Santa @ The Hard Rock Cafe
All children receive a complimentary small gift from Santa, who will be there with Mrs Santa Claus. It’s a buffet breakfast, including bacon, scrambled eggs, hash browns, poffertjes, fruit and more. Children under 2 eat for free. Reserve online.
Sun 17 Dec from 11:00-16:00
Kerst in de duinen @ De Kennemerduinen, near Bloemendaal
The shepherd will be at the Visitor Centre with his sheep, for the children to pet. Listen to Christmas songs from the choir and shop for sustainable Christmas presents. For a small fee, there are winter crafts to make, like a bird feeder or a sheep’s wool Christmas bauble. The Dune Café will be open and serving hot chocolate, mulled wine and other winter snacks. Admission is free, dogs are not allowed.
Sunday 10 & 17 December
Puremarkt @ Amstelpark then Park Frankendael
A special winter market from 11:00-17:00.
Thu 21 Dec
Winter Solstice Celebration | @ Mixtree €7, stadspas, students €5
To celebrate the shortest day of the year and the re-opening of the much-loved Mixtree Project, Ken Parsons has arranged this special event. There will be food, music, storytelling, poetry, comedy and a proper Ceilidh, traditional Scottish dancing. The live music includes: Celtic folk, anarcho blue-trash and some soulful Amercian and Country. For food & drink: there will be pumpkin soup, Scottish stovies and “many a wee dram”. Food from 18:00 Festivities from 19:30.
21 Dec-1 Jan
De Amsterdamse Winterparade @ RAI
Boasting a skate rink, a beer village with live music, ‘winterplein’ with Christmas market, food stalls, a pop-up cinema showing Christmassy movies and get this – chalet hire (for a bit of an apres-ski feeling). Reserve your tickets online.
26 Dec, 16:00- 18:30
Featuring the Paradiso Orchestra and guests. With glühwein.
“Absolutely charming festive family concert” says @CathyCentral
31 Dec | 21:00–4:00
Great Gatsby Club NYE Party @ De Nieuwe KHL, Eastern Docklands
“A Vintage-, Retro-, & (Electro) Swing party for Hepcats and Kittens.” (Ed – not ‘swinging’ party which has a very different meaning. No this is all about the dancing.) With live ‘dixie’ music, DJs, and burlesque, cocktails and finger food. “Think Boardwalk Empire, Charlie Chaplin, Betty Boop, The Godfather” and you’re encouraged to dress the part.