What's On in December 2013
Amsterdam is a city that always has something going on. From music festivals to museum exhibits, theatre nights to street parties, you can be guaranteed to find something on the horizon that will be fun to visit during your trip to the city. This section lists the events to look out for this month, while our Amsterdam News page aims to keep you informed about the most exciting upcoming events in the near future. For more regular events, our Annual Events page lists the major festivals and holidays that come around every year in Amsterdam.
West Side Story – Royal Concertgebouw, 03, 04 December
The classic musical about life and love in 1950s New York comes to Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw at the start of this month. Originally adapted from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet by Arthur Laurents and, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, the Amsterdam performance features director Javier López Piñón with music by British conductor Matthew Rowe. The cast is made up of young people and amateur actors, getting their first taste of the theatre through this production. Shows start at 19:00 and tickets can be purchased through the venue’s website.
NEMO’s 90th Anniversary – Science Center NEMO, 08 December
The start of December marks 90 years since what is now called Science Center NEMO opened its doors. Originally called the Labour Museum when it opened in 1923, NEMO has since become a place of wonder where children can learn about science. All the exhibits here are interactive, encouraging kids – both young and old – to play and learn. To mark its 90th anniversary, NEMO opens on 08 December for much longer than usual; from 09:00 to 21:00 with a special entrance price of EUR 0.90.
Wintercirkus in Amsterdam 21 December - 5 January
This high-octane Winter Circus pitches its tents from 21 December 2013 to 5 January 2014 near Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall, creating a traditional backdrop for the winter circus experience.
The family-friendly spectacle introduces artists from around the world, displaying their prowess at acrobatics, classic horse tricks and flying through the air by trapeze. All the action is interspersed with choreographed dance routines, musicians and circus clowns.
from Saturday 21st December 2013 till and including Sunday 5th January 2014. Open daily (Mo-Su)
Elize – Hollandsche Manege, 26–29 December
The Hollandsche Manege, Amsterdam’s oldest riding school, brings the original family production Elize to audiences. This horse-focused musical comedy show tells the story of a love triangle between three young people in 19th Century Amsterdam through original songs. The show is the first time this historic building has ever been used for such a production. Director Alexander de Bruijn works with music by Michiel Schreuders and Daniel van Huffelen to bring the show to life. Shows start at 14:30 and tickets can be bought through the show’s website.
Charleston with a Twist – KHL Café, 31 December
Amsterdam Burlesque brings a taste of the Roaring Twenties to Amsterdam this New Year’s Eve. The costume party includes a Charleston workshop at 22:00 before the celebrations hit full swing so that you can hold your own on the dance floor. Laverne & The Rhythm Kings provide live music of the period, while DJs Dionysius and Charley Rhythm keep the party going late into the night. Tickets cost EUR 33 and can be purchased via the Amsterdam Burlesque website or on the door.
Cuba Libre NYE – Felix Meritis, 31 December
Amsterdam’s historic Felix Meritis building this year plays host to a sultry, salsa-filled New Year’s celebration as anti-dogma foundation Lloyd-Acardi brings a Cuban themed party to six rooms of the beautiful location. Centred around the time just prior to the revolution, Cuba Libre NYE features showgirls, a casino, salsa and a cigar room. VIP tables are also available, including bottles of Belvedere Vodka and Moet & Chandon champagne. Basic tickets cost EUR 65 and can be purchased through the event’s website.
For details of more regular festivals and events in Amsterdam – including November’s famous Cannabis Cup, check out our Events page.