This post is about the weather in Amsterdam during December, including average temperatures, precipitation, and tips on packing and sightseeing activities.
HOW COLD IS AMSTERDAM IN DECEMBER?
December in Amsterdam is cold, cloudy, and often foggy but will have several nice days to explore this city.
Daytime high temperatures tend to average 7-8 C (in the mid-40s F) early in the month falling to 5-6 C (the low 40s F) near the end of the month.
A few of the warmer days early in the month can get up to 11-12 C (the low to mid-50s F).
Late night and early morning low temperatures are generally around 2-3 C (the mid to upper 30s F) early in December, falling to about 1 C (the mid to lower 30s F) nearing the end of the month.
A few of the colder mornings can dip down to -5 C (into the low to mid-20s F).
DOES IT SNOW IN DECEMBER?
About 10-11 days will record at least 1 mm (.04 inches) or more precipitation.
Three of these days should see some snow/sleet mixed in with rain, but normally snow does not accumulate.
December tends to be breezy with moderate winds prevailing (15-32 kph/9-20 mph), increasing occasionally to 34-40 kph (21- 25 mph).
About 10-11 days will see sunny or at least partly sunny skies.
Daylight hours range from a bit over 8 hours on the 1st of December to about 7.7 hours on the 22nd.
About 20-21 days this month will be mostly cloudy with 20 days reporting some fog.
WHAT YOU SHOULD WEAR
Amsterdam is cold and damp in December so bring warm winter clothes. We've made a list below of what to bring:
1. Warm, Waterproof Clothes
With lots of foggy and rainy days, it's best to pack waterproof gear.
A waterproof coat is a good idea, as are waterproof boots. An umbrella is also suggested.
2. Warm Underwear
Thermal underwear and wool socks are suggested to keep warm in Amsterdam in December.
A fleece-lined under layer like these from ViCherub go great under long pants and tops.
3. Gloves, Scarf, and a Hat
Accessorizing is a good idea to stay warm. Pack gloves, a scarf, and a hat to protect yourself on windy days.
A warm beanie like this one from OZERO is a good idea and doesn't take up too much space in your luggage.
WHAT TO DO IN AMSTERDAM IN DECEMBER
This section lists our suggestions for things to do in Amsterdam this month. Find more detail for these top things to do in our full Amsterdam in December post.
For more detail on these free things to do, family-friendly activities, and evening entertainment and events, read our full post for the best Amsterdam activities.
TIP: When you purchase a tourist discount pass, you can see more while saving money on the most popular attractions. Some city passes will give up to 55% discounts!
- Go see a live concert.
- See the Amsterdam light festival.
- See a football match.
- Go ice-skating.
- Take a Free Walking Tour.
- Enjoy Winter Paradise.
- See the Nutcracker.
- See fireworks on New Year's Eve.
- See the Christmas Tree lighting.
Find more detail for these top things to do in our full Amsterdam in December post.