Amsterdam has transformed from a sleepy 13th-century fishing village to an all-year destination for travelers the world over. In December, Dutch capital weather is unusually cold, with temperatures dropping to as low as 2.5 degrees Celsius. Despite the biting cold, Amsterdam still flaunts an upbeat feel and pledge joy and cheer. Being a low tourist season, December is a suitable time to visit. The tourist attractions are less filled with travelers, while the flight and accommodation rates are inexpensive. It also begins to snow during this time of the year; if lucky, the snow may be hard enough for skating.

It is best to get the I Amsterdam City Card for maximal gratification that allows one free access to the major museums and discounts at the Rijksmuseum and the Moco Museum plus unlimited transport possibilities. The fact is that exciting activities to indulge in Amsterdam are endless. From performances, festivals like the Amsterdam Light Festival and museums to discover, boat tours, and seasonal exhibitions, the chart reeks of excitement. Wandering in Vondelpark feels magical, and a sporty traveler can even have a game of tennis. The Groot Melkuis, which has a fireplace, is a perfect site to get warm either with the open fire or a steaming cup of coffee.

Perusing paintings in some of Amsterdam’s top museums is worthwhile. The Moco Museum, which also opens during Christmas, holds some of the best works of Mark Rothko, a legendary painter. The most extensive collection of the Dutch master, including the iconic Sunflowers and numerous self-portraits, is held in the Van Gough Museum. At the Rembrandt House Museum, the atmosphere of the workroom the painter utilized is preserved. Moreover, they do daily illustrations of his process of paint preparation. For those who prefer art with modern and unique designs from the present going back to the 1870s, the Stedelijk showroom is a great place to visit.

December is not complete without the celebrations that cram it. The Dutch National Opera and Ballet delivers an unusual Christmas concert which is usually free to attend. Guests are also treated to several holiday treats, including free hot drinks. There are church concerts and performances where visitors enjoy the classic Christmas carols on Christmas Eve. Also, the World Christmas Circus performs at Theatre Carre in Amsterdam every holiday season. Since most performers at the circus are those handpicked by the Golden Clown Awards, it is highly prevalent; the tickets sell in advance, so one has to make timely arrangements. Lastly, a massive Christmas tree is placed in Dam Square. At about 20 meters high, the tree offers a spectacular scene with thousands of led lights.