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There's something about the atmosphere in Amsterdam that lends itself to the winter months. The reflection of brightly lit-up buildings in the canals, Christmas fairy lights and hot chocolate and apple pie in cosy cafés all add to the feeling of gezelligheid, the Dutch equivalent of Hygge. 

Whether you fancy an early winter break, a Christmas shopping trip or partying with the locals at New Year, there's plenty to do and see indoors, out of the cold. From where to find the best comfort food, to family activities and shopping the winter sales, Amsterdam makes a great winter destination for anyone.

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Things to do and see in Amsterdam

Where to find Amsterdam’s best comfort food

From bitterballen to rijstaffel, Amsterdam’s old-school treats are a year-round delight. 

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Where to escape the cold in Amsterdam

Five ways to keep toasty warm in Amsterdam.

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Family guide: Winter in Amsterdam

Ice skating, art installations and hunger-busters to keep the whole family happy.

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Winter sales: bag a bargain in Amsterdam

Warm up this winter with a shopping spree in Amsterdam.

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New Year's Eve in Amsterdam

If you want to see the New Year in with a bang - head to Amsterdam.

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Christmas in Amsterdam

There's nowhere better for a fun, festive Christmas break.

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