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Best Christmas Markets to Visit in Amsterdam
Whatever your taste in Christmas markets, Amsterdam has something for you. From the traditional to the outrageous, this beautiful city always has a surprise in store. Here's the lowdown on the best Christmas markets in Amsterdam.
Museumplein Ice Village
The square in front of the magnificent Rijksmuseum is transformed during the holiday season. There's a delightful ice rink, a variety of live entertainment as well as a large choice of stalls selling holiday gifts, with plenty of food and drink available, too.
Amsterdam Winter Paradise
Held both inside and around the large Amsterdam RAI conference center, which is easily accessible on Amsterdam's efficient Metro system, Amsterdam Winter Paradise is both a large funfair and a Christmas Market, all in one. There's a wide range of stalls offering a variety of gifts and an even wider range of food and drink. It's ideal for families.
Funky Christmas Market
A market that could only be in Amsterdam. The Funky Christmas Market is staged both inside and outside Westergas, a regenerated former gasworks that's now a cultural center. Stalls sell handmade clothing by local designers along with artworks and accessories. There's food and drink as well as entertainment at this most unusual of Christmas markets in Amsterdam.
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Best Holiday Shopping Areas in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has a well-deserved reputation of being a great place to shop during the Christmas season. There are the long established department stores, decked out in their holiday finest, as well as the quirky backstreet outlets that offer goods only to be found in Amsterdam.
Right in the center of Amsterdam, Dam Square is home to De Bijenkorf, one of the grande dames of European department stores. At Christmas, this magnificent place is at its finest. Shoppers can pick and choose from the best of the luxury international brands. Magna Plaza, just behind Dam Square, hosts a collection of well known brand names.
The Nine Streets
This atmospheric district, known as Negen Straatjes in Dutch, comprises nine narrow 19th century streets between Leidsestraat and the Jordaan district in central Amsterdam. Here you'll find unique Christmas gifts in vintage shops, antique stores and small boutiques.
This is a single street right on the eastern edge of Amsterdam's canal district. Expect funky lighting at Christmas time and browse the small on-trend boutiques and interior design stores for unique gifts. Music lovers - or those seeking gifts for them - shouldn't miss Concerto, a destination record store spread over five retail units.
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