Elegant and stylish Amsterdam Bed and Breakfast
November to see the arrival of Sinterklaas, the Dutch Father Christmas. He sails up the Amstel River (past Aemstelhuys!!) by steamboat, accompanied by lots of other boats, big and small, with entire music bands and lots of naughty Zwarte Pieten!
The first Saturday in November is Museumnacht (museum night) when most of the cities Museums are open until deep in the night and provide tours and special activities.
December – Amsterdam is in festive mood. Shop in the beautifully illuminated stores and markets, or skate on the rinks set up in the centre of town, drink hot chocolate and visit the annual Christmas Circus in Theatre Carré (just opposite Aemstelhuys). On New Year’s Eve take your glass of champagne outside at midnight and join in the celebrations on the Magere Brug as you watch the firework displays over the Amstel River.
January / February- for walks along the river, the theatre, visiting the markets and the Sales. Chinese New Year falls in this period and the celebrations of the large Chinese population include dancing and fireworks, centered around Nieuwmarkt.
Walk along the 9 streets (negenstraatjes) a beautiful small area bounded by canals and filled with small antique shops, unusual boutiques, second hand 50’s and 660’s clothing, cafés and restaurants.
Walk along the Kalverstraat, Amsterdam’s main shopping street which is pedestrians only, and nip in to see the Begijnehof, a small circular garden with a tiny English Church, surrounded by houses dating back to the 15th Century.
Take a drive in a horse and carriage, cross the city by tram or sail over the canals in the daytime or by candlelight in the evening. Or hire a bike and cycle along the canals.