January Amsterdam events and festivals

Booking airport transfer, attraction tickets or guided tours in advance is highly recommended whether you are visiting Amsterdam during a major event or not. You can read more about online tickets resources on our main Amsterdam events webpage.

Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam Lights Festival

Every year a walking path along the light sculptures is installed at the Old Town canals for the Amsterdam Light Festival. You can either buy a ticket for the 'Water Colours' boat route or buy a map and walk the route.

National Tulip Day

This annual January Amsterdam event is the official launch of the tulip season. Every year, on the third Saturday of January, Amsterdam's Dam Square is filled with approximately 200,000 tulips. These tulips are specially arranged to make a giant temporary garden, which is open to the public for flower picking. Make your own tulip arrangement!

Amsterdam International Fashion Week

Twice a year, young and upcoming fashion designers in Europe show their new collections at Amsterdam International Fashion Week. AIFW tries to establish Amsterdam as an international city of fashion, such as Paris, Milan and London. The presentation of the new fashion collections comes with a whole range of Amsterdam events: fashion photography exhibitions, museum exhibitions of clothing collections and many fashion parties. Some events are invitation only, but for a lot of the shows and parties you can buy tickets. Go there if you want to see upcoming young fashion designers.

Chinese New Year

Every year the Chinese New Year is celebrated through the Zeedijk, Nieuwmarkt and other parts of Amsterdam Chinatown. Go there for Asian bites, the dancing dragon and fireworks.

Holocaust Memorial Day in Amsterdam

At this event the liberation of the Netherlands in January 1945 is commemorated. The Holocaust Memorial Day (Nationale Holocaust Herdenking) is celebrated at the Auschwitz Monument located in the Wertheimpark. During this Amsterdam event the many Dutch Jewish victims of the WWII are memorized. The commemoration starts at the town hall (Het Stadhuis) at the Waterlooplein. After that there is a march to the Auschwitz Monument.