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Amsterdam Weather in December

Updated: December 22, 2023

This post is about the weather in Amsterdam during December, including average temperatures, precipitation, and tips on packing and sightseeing activities.

As a retired meteorologist turned tour guide, I didn't expect that I would use my experience as a forecaster in my new career in tourism.

But here I am, finding myself answering more weather questions as a blogger than I ever did as a weatherman.

So, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the weather in 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. 

Average Temperatures in Amsterdam in December

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).


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).

Weather Calendar Amsterdam December

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. 


Amsterdam is cold and damp in December so bring warm winter clothes. We've made a list below of what to bring:

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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 underlayer like these from ViCherub goes 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. 


This section lists our suggestions for things to do in Amsterdam this month.

Find more details about these top things to do in our full Amsterdam in December post.

For more details 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 details about these top things to do in our full Amsterdam in December post.

About The Author

Fred Pickhardt

Fred is a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. He has extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, and forensic weather event reconstructions. Fred founded Ocean Weather Services and currently provides forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
Updated: December 22nd, 2023
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