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Looking to experience Christmas in one of Europe’s most popular destinations? Amsterdam has many attractions and activities to get you into the festive spirit and Smartsave has the top five things to do and see for your Christmas in Amsterdam.

World Christmas Circus 2012 at the Royal Theatre Carre  

Be entertained by some of the best modern circus acts from around the world  with the World Christmas Circus (Wereldkerstcircus). The 125 year old show is on from the 21st of December until the 6th of January 2013 and will include the world’s number one  contortionist from South Africa and a performance from the king of clowns David Larible. The show will also feature a  flying trapeze act from North Korea and a circus isn’t complete without an animal act which comes in the form of a horse show from Switzerland. There is something for everyone to enjoy at the World Christmas Circus.

Tangomagia 2012

Dance your way through the festive season as Amsterdam transforms into the capital of the Argentine tango from the 26th of December  to the 30th of December. Dance workshops, performances and events are held throughout the day and night bringing people from all over the world. Extra performance with musicians, dancers and artists will bring together tango and other arts making this a fun and engaging activity to be part of this Christmas.

Cinderella at Amsterdam’s Muziektheater

From the 13th of December to 1st of January 2013, the Dutch National Ballet puts on a festive family performance of Cinderella. Set to the renowned music of Prokofiev, this contemporary version of Cinderella is based on the story by the Brothers Grimm. The lively and colourful production makes this a perfect family performance to enjoy.

Ice Skating throughout Amsterdam

Everybody loves a bit of ice-skating during the Christmas season and Amsterdam offers plenty of options. Glide around Amsterdam’s biggest ice skating rink, The Jaap Eden which has a 400-metre outdoor rink, an indoor rink and a beginners corner. Oh if you fancy somewhere a bit smaller then head to the Museumplein and Leidseplein and in case it gets too chilly, there are plenty of cafes nearby to warm you up.

Christmas Markets

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas Market and Amsterdam does not disappoint. There are 26 neighbourhood markets with food, drink and many different stalls to browse through. For one of the biggest and most colourful markets head to Albert Cuypstraat where you can find seasonal gifts as well as clothing and toys. The Funky Xmas Market takes place on the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of December at the Westergasfabriek and is packed with the arts and craft stalls, decorations and inviting aromas. Whether it’s food, seasonal gifts or just to a festive browse, the Christmas Markets will get you in the holiday spirit.

Whilst you’re enjoying the Christmas spirit in Amsterdam, why not use the Amsterdam for Less app, it’s free to download and you’ll get a fully detailed street map and tons of cool discounts to use on your travels.