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Things to Do in Amsterdam in January (2022)

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This post covers things to do in Amsterdam during January, including family-friendly, nighttime, and free or cheap activities, all updated for 2022. Be sure to check out our post on average weather in January, too.


This section will feature our top 10 activities to enjoy in Amsterdam throughout January.

For tips on the most popular activities in Amsterdam, check out these popular posts:

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass. 

1)  Go to a Concert 

In January, there are a few excellent performers in Amsterdam. We list the top shows below the video.

The city has a vibrant music scene all year-round, so there is no shortage of bands to see. See who's playing in January here. 

You can find all the Amsterdam concerts in January here.

2) See the City Sights on a Tour

On days when January's temperatures are a bit too cold to explore the city on foot, you can take a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Stay warm while seeing a lot of the city in a short time. 

On a budget? Take a free walking tour of Amsterdam. In addition to introductory tours, there are also outings that cover subjects and locations such as the Red Light District and the Jewish Quarter.

For foodies, check out a food tour.  For beer lovers, there are bus or boat combo-packages that include The Heineken Experience.

3) Be Dazzled by the Amsterdam Light Festival 

The annual Amsterdam Light Festival showcases amazing works of art in light of both international and Dutch artists.

You can see the stunning displays along canals, buildings, and city squares. 

While the festival starts in late November, it continues through January 23rd, 2022, so you will have the chance to enjoy the festival. 

The best way to see the light displays is by a bus tour or canal tour. 

There are also walking tours you can take while it’s dark out to admire the bright installations. 

4) See a Limited Museum Exhibit

There are several museum exhibits leaving Amsterdam either in January or February, making this one of the last opportunities to see them before they are taken down.

One of the most notable exhibitions is Banksy: Laugh Now at Moco Museum, which houses several rare pieces from the artist. You will be able to check this one out all month long.

Here are a few other exhibits you might want to see:

5) Go Ice-Skating 

If you like ice skating and are visiting Amsterdam in January, you are in luck. You have two great options to get out on the ice in beautiful surroundings.

As part of Ice*Amsterdam, the rink at Museumplein is festively decorated and is easy to reach right in the heart of Amsterdam. 

The Museumplein rink is open starting November 13th. 2021 and stays open until January 20th, 2022. See their website for hours and prices.

You can also go to the Ice Rink at Rembrandtplein, which is open through January 9th, 2022. It's just €2.50 for a whole day on the ice! You can rent skates for €5. Learn more here.

Ice-skating is a great family-friendly activity! For more suggestions, see our post on things to do with children in Amsterdam.

6) Attend the Paradiso Choir Days 

On January 15th and 16th, 2022, you can attend this annual popular event featuring dozens of choirs from around the world. 

Tickets for an entire day session are just a few euros per person!

With so many choirs, each group is scheduled for a 15-minute time slot, giving you the chance to hear new and different music all day long. 

Groups range from all ages and genres, amateur singing groups of all ages and all genres. 

It takes place at the legendary Paradiso theater. The schedule will be published closer to the event on the venue's website.

7) See Amsterdam's Red Light District

The Red Light District is famous for its red-lit windows where legal prostitutes wait for customers.

Since it has been legal since 1811, visitors have been fascinated by the openness of the practice. 

There are some things you should be aware of before heading over to this unique neighborhood. We suggest you consider touring the ara with a professional guide.

Read our post on How to Visit the Red Light District to find out what tours are available and what else there is to do in the district. 

8) See Improvisational Theater

The International Improvisational Theater Festival (informally Impro Amsterdam) runs from January 22nd - 29th, 2022.

This annual event is a perfect way to spend the evening. For night owls, there will be late-night performances too!

For other nightlife suggestions, see our post on things to do in Amsterdam at night.

The improv casts come from around the world. There are also workshops if you want to learn to be funny in the spot!

9) Save with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

The easiest way to see more attractions in Amsterdam is by purchasing a discount pass. These tourist passes work by allowing you to bundle admission tickets for heavy discounts.

You could get up to 50% off retail prices on several passes – or get in for free with an all-inclusive pass.

If you're planning on visiting as many paid attractions as you can over multiple days, an all-inclusive pass might be your best option to save the most.

If you're looking at just a few select museums and experiences, take a look at the build-your-own passes.

Attractions on Various Passes Include:

See which pass can save you the most money on your trip with our in-depth comparison post.

10) Attend the Jumping Amsterdam Equestrian Show

This annual event brings the world’s best riders -- even Olympic champions -- to Amsterdam. 

There will be jumping and dressage contests, as well as an exhibition area, bars, and restaurants.

There will also be a special children’s program with interactive shows and for the grown-ups, various entertainment events.


These Christmas-themed activities are still up and running in early January. These are great family-fun, so if you are traveling with children, check then out.

You can find even more family-friendly fun from our post on things to do with children in Amsterdam.

World Christmas Circus 

Celebrating the 254th anniversary of the classic circus in a spectacular way, the 36th edition of the World Christmas Circus brings clowns and acrobats from all over the world to the Royal Theater Carré.

Het Amsterdamse Winterparadijs

In this winter paradise, there will be real snow brought inside where you can cross-country ski, go toboggan riding, or see nostalgic Christmas movies at the cinema.


About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: November 25th, 2021
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