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What’s On in Amsterdam January 2021

As we move into the new year let’s take a look at what’s on in Amsterdam, Netherlands in January 2021. This is the coldest month of the year in Amsterdam so do wrap up warm!

Museums & Exhibitions in Amsterdam

For a comprehensive selection of museums, activities and tours in Amsterdam book here

Rijksmuseum – Reopened in April 2013 after 10 years of renovation, the Rijksmuseum’s rich collection (including Rembrandt’s Night Watch) is a must-see in Amsterdam. Book Rijksmuseum tickets here

Rijksmuseum Schiphol – Amsterdam airport hosts 10 paintings of the Dutch Golden Age from the Rijksmuseum collection. The Rijksmuseum Schiphol is located on Holland Boulevard (between Lounges 2 and 3 in non-Schengen departures) and is open 24 hours a day to passengers free of charge.

Van Gogh Museum – Popular museum with the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings. ‘Your loving Vincent’: Van Gogh’s Greatest Letters, exhibition running 9 Oct 2020 to 10 Jan 2021. Book Van Gogh Museum tickets here

Anne Frank House – The canal house on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht canal where Anne Frank wrote her famous teenage wartime diary whilst hiding from German occupation. The house and museum is open to visitors though you must pre-book online for a date/time slot.

Hermitage Amsterdam – Showcases an exhibition every 6 months from the vast collection of the grand State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia.

Also ongoing at the Hermitage: Panorama Amsterdam. City Time Lapse, a visual projection of Amsterdam through the ages as seen from the Amstel river; and Portrait Gallery of the 17th Century.

Outsider Art Museum – This museum at the Hermitage showcases extraordinary art by unconventional artists who have not been formally trained.

Stedelijk – Amsterdam’s main modern and contemporary art museum. STEDELIJK BASE is the permanent installation featuring around 700 pieces.

MOCO Museum – This modern and contemporary art museum on Museumplein. Banksy: Laugh Now (includes Beanfield) is now a permanent exhibition. Book MOCO Museum tickets here

Tropenmuseum – Ethnographic museum featuring fascinating exhibitions on non-Western cultures. BALI – Behind the scenes, an exhibition about the island on the Indonesian archipelago which looks at the environmental impact of tourism and the island traditions and culture. Runs 14 Feb 2020 to 10 Jan 2021. What a Genderful World, an exhibition which looks at cultural influences on gender around the world. Extended run to 3 Jan 2021.

Body Worlds – Display of human body plastinate specimens at the permanent venue on Damrak. The exhibition focuses on happiness.

iamsterdam card The Iamsterdam City Card (1-5 days) offers free entry and discounts to numerous Amsterdam attractions and also includes a free transport pass as well. It costs €65 to €130.
You can order the Iamsterdam City Card online here

Sport in Amsterdam

Football:
Ajax home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Arena Amsterdam:
2020/21 season fixtures and visitor measures to be announced

Equestrian:
Jumping Amsterdam – Indoor international equestrian event featuring some of the world’s best show jumping and dressage riders. Expected at RAI Amsterdam, 28-31 Jan 2021.

Athletics/Running:
Friday Night Run – Free monthly 1 hour run organised by running group Phanos. Meet at Olympic Stadium Amsterdam at 1930 on Friday 8 Jan 2021.

Inline Skating:
Friday Night Skate – 20km organised skate around the streets of Amsterdam held every Friday night (2030, weather permitting) from Vondelpark Pavilion. Cancelled until further notice.

See the full annual sport calendar for Amsterdam

Festivals in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Light Festival – Heading into its 9th year, this event promises to light up the city during the festive season. Featuring a boat route which can best be seen by taking an evening canal cruise; or check out the the new land exhibition around Amsterdam’s Marineterrein. Expected 26 Nov 2020 to 17 Jan 2021.

Whisky Weekend – Annual whisky festival featuring some 30 whisky-themed stalls. Expected 15-16 Jan 2021 (13th edition, unconfirmed) at De Posthoornkerk (Amsterdam West).

IMPRO Amsterdam – Improvisation theatre festival which attracts a high calibre of international impro players. 26th edition is expected in late January 2021 at Compagnietheater, Amsterdam.

See our complete festival calendar for Amsterdam

Comedy & Shows in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Magic Show – At Boom Chicago’s Rozentheater, Rozengracht in Amsterdam, Tuesday 5 Jan 2021 at 2000. Book Amsterdam Magic Show tickets here

World Christmas Circus – 36th edition of the international circus extravaganza. At Theater Carré in Amsterdam, dates to be announced.

Boom Chicago – Comedy and improv show held Wed – Sat and playing at Rozentheater on Rozengracht.

Classical Concerts & Theatre in Amsterdam

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA) – Amsterdam’s renowned theatre company performs shows in Dutch which have live English surtitles above the stage – for Thursday night shows at the Stadsschouwburg theatre.

Dutch National Opera & Ballet – 2020/21 season is being amended and some productions have been cancelled.

André Rieu – The famous Dutch musician/conductor plays a New Year’s Concert show at Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, 9 Jan 2021.

Flamenco Biennial – The 8th Flamenco Biennial Netherlands festival is due to be held 22 Jan to 14 Feb 2021 at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ.

Andrea Bocelli – The Italian tenor plays 2 nights at Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, 30/31 Jan 2021, rescheduled from March 2020.

Book a concert here at Amsterdam’s renowned Royal Concertgebouw hall.

Other Events in Amsterdam

Ice*Amsterdam – Get your skates on and hit the spectacular ice rink on Museumplein in the shadow of the Rijksmuseum. Expected to open mid-November 2020 and should run until early February 2021.

National Tulip Day – Heralding the start of the Dutch tulip season, head over to the temporary garden on Dam Square where you can pick yourself up to 20 tulips from the 200,000 on display. Expected Saturday 16 Jan 2021, from 1300.

De Balie – The multimedia venue near Leidseplein in Amsterdam hosts regular events about current affairs, politics and culture.

Free Concerts in Amsterdam

Most of the free concerts offered by various venues in Amsterdam have been temporarily suspended.

Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ – Free lunchtime concerts showcasing young classical talent scheduled for 14/21 Jan 2021 at 1230.

Market Events in Amsterdam

Sunday Market – Sunday market at Westergas with a mix of fashion, design, arts, food and kids stuff. 2021 season to be announced.

IJ-Hallen –Huge weekend flea market event held at NDSM-wharf in north Amsterdam with 500 indoor stands. Cancelled until further notice.

Rock & Pop Concerts in Amsterdam

Amsterdam:
Happy Mondays – 9 Jan, Paradiso

Hotels in Amsterdam

You should book your Amsterdam accommodation in advance if possible. During popular events rooms can be difficult to find and prices can rise significantly! Book your Amsterdam hotel here via Booking.com, which usefully offers free cancellation if your plans change.

Some specific Amsterdam hotel recommendations:

• At the very top-end with 5 star luxury consider Waldorf Astoria, Sofitel Grand, Hotel De L’Europe and Conservatorium.

• Stylish, quality mid-range choices near the city centre include The Toren, Banks Mansion, The Hoxton, Kimpton-De Witt and Sir Adam Hotel.

• For those on a budget check out Conscious Hotel Vondelpark, The Student Hotel, Volkshotel, Jaz Amsterdam (close to Ziggo Dome/ArenA) and Motel One.

Disclaimer: While we make every effort to keep this listing up-to-date, events can always be cancelled or re-scheduled at short notice. Please double-check with the event organisers.

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