Things to Do in Amsterdam in December

This post covers the best things to do in Amsterdam in December, updated for 2019, including free things to do, nighttime activities, and family-friendly events.




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

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


Heineken Experience Tickets and Discounts

This post will provide information about the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam. We will also include details about ticket prices and opportunities to save money on admission.




The Heineken Experience is essentially a tour of the Heineken brewery in Amsterdam. In addition to getting a look behind the scenes, you can also learn a lot about the company and its roots with this activity.

There are currently two tours available at the Heineken brewery – a public self-guided tour and a VIP tour. Each will provide the opportunity to discover Heineken’s heritage, brewing process, innovations they have made and other interesting details.


This photo of Heineken Amsterdam is courtesy of TripAdvisor


Every tour at the Heineken Experience includes admission to the brewery, a tour of the building and free beer. Tickets are timed, and while children are allowed inside, alcoholic beverages are not served to anyone under 18.

This attraction has a cloakroom, and they will store any of your personal belongings while you’re taking the tour. (If you want your bags stored all day, there are convenient storage locations around the city.) The Heineken Experience is in English, but their app also includes audio/video guides in Dutch, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Russian.

For more information about these tours, please read our Heineken tours section. You can also learn more about things to see and do at the brewery in our what to see section.

These tours are included with various combo packages and tourist passes which we will cover in our discounts section.


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This section will cover each of the tours available at the Heineken Experience and everything included. We will also provide ticket prices, availability and other details you might want to keep in mind.

The Heineken Experience is included with tourist passes and combo packages which we will discuss in our discounts section.

The Heineken Tour

This is the basic tour offered at the Heineken brewery, and it includes self-guided access to the attraction for approximately 1 ½ hours.

In addition to the self-guided tour, you’ll also get 2 chilled beers at the ‘Best ‘Dam Bar,’ as well as a free city map with the best-hidden gems in Amsterdam.



After you’ve seen the brewing process and discovered some of the innovations made by Heineken, you can also take a VR ride and learn about the history of this brewery.

There is also a free downloadable app you can use for additional information about this century-old business.

  • €18/Adults | €14.50/Youth (12-17)
  • €17 per person in groups of 20+
  • Free for children 11 and under.
  • Availability: Daily from 10:30 am – 5 pm
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

All tickets are timed to make sure that the attraction doesn’t get too crowded. Tickets rarely sell out, and you should be able to visit whenever you want.

If you’re hoping to save some money on this activity, make sure to read our discount section for details about various tourist passes and combo packages which include the Heineken Experience.

VIP Heineken Tour

This service provides a unique behind-the-scenes experience lead by a Heineken Connoisseur guide which lasts for approximately 2 ½ hours.

In addition to the tour, you’ll also receive exclusive access to a hidden bar within the brewery, 5 premium beers paired with Dutch cheeses, and a personalized Heineken bottle to take home.



Aside from all the additional features included with the VIP tour, you’ll also have access to all the activities and attractions available on their self-guided tour.

Visitors under 18 are not allowed on the VIP Heineken tour. 

  • €55 per person | Save over €14 with I Amsterdam Card
  • Mon-Wed Hours: 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm & 4 pm
  • Thur, Fri, Sun Hours: 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm
  • VIP tours are not available on Saturdays.
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

As with their self-guided tour, tickets are timed to ensure that the brewery does not become too crowded. VIP Heineken tours are not provided on Saturday because that is their busiest day of the week.

TIP: The only way to save money on this tour is with the I Amsterdam Card, which includes a 25% discount off each Heineken tour. For more details about this deal, please read our discounts section.


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This section will cover some of the best ways to save money on tickets to the Heineken Experience. We will include details about tourist passes, combo packages and more.

Tourist Attraction Discount Passes

If you’re planning to visit more than one attraction while in Amsterdam, you might want to consider getting a tourist pass to save a few euros off general admission prices.

One of the easiest pass options is a preset package pass which includes a variety of popular attractions and things to do for one flat price, as well as a 20% discount on everything else you may want to do.



There are also build-your-own-pass services which allow you to pick a specific number of activities for one flat price.

Visitors who want to see it all in a short amount of time could get the best value out of an all-inclusive pass, which includes admission to dozens of popular attractions and activities over the course of a specific amount of time (1, 2, 3, 5 days).

The Heineken Experience is currently included either at a discount or for free with the purchase of the following Amsterdam tourist passes:

No matter which pass you choose, you should be able to save at least 20% – 50% off general admission prices for the Heineken Experience and other activities.

TIP: The I Amsterdam Card is the only tourist pass which can be used for the VIP Heineken tour, saving you 25% off admission (over €14!) prices. This pass must be presented at the ticket desk to receive a discount.

For more information about these services, please read our post covering Amsterdam tourist attraction discount passes.

NOTE: One thing to keep in mind is that most of these services note that this attraction is €21 per ticket – and it will cost you that much if you purchase your tickets at the brewery, but it’s only €18 online.

If you choose a pass option that is 20% – 25% off and they report that the ticket is normally €21, you’ll actually only save between 10% – 15% off everyday online ticket prices.

Combo Packages

There are several different combo deals which include the Heineken Experience. Some of these discount opportunities are actually offered through the Heineken website, making it easy to save a few euros.


This photo of Heineken Brewery from Amsterdam Canals is courtesy of TripAdvisor


Rock the City – 3 popular activities/attractions combined for one low price.

  • The Heineken Experience
  • Canal Cruise w/ Heineken Guide
  • Admission to the A’DAM Lookout
    • €32.50 per person

The Perfect Match – Combines a Heineken tour w/ a tour of the Johan Cruyff Arena, home of the AFC Ajax!

  • The Heineken Experience
  • Special tour of the Heineken brewery
  • Bus trip to the Johan Cruyff Arena & Tour
  • Visit the Heineken Sky Lounge
    • €39.95 per person

In addition to these combo deals, there are a few different boat tour companies that offer ticket packages which include both their service and admission to the Heineken Experience.

If you’re looking for a different kind of experience, Stromma NL also offers admission to the Heineken Experience with their pizza cruise. 

This trip includes a great New York-style pizza, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks.

Finally, if you’re not interested in a boat tour or cruise, City Sightseeing offers a combo ticket with their hop-on-hop-off bus tour and the Heineken Experience.


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There are a lot of fun activities to enjoy at the Heineken brewery, but they’re actually pretty quiet about everything you can see and do while you’re here. 



In this section, we’ll do our best to provide a few details about some of the attractions you can enjoy at the Heineken Experience.

Heineken Museum

This is an aspect of the brewery which has existed for a long time, and it includes a lot of information about the history of Heineken, as well as photographs and artifacts from throughout the century that this company has been producing great beer!

Heineken 4D Ride

In addition to the museum, you can also enjoy their 4D ride which provides a multimedia experience describing the entire bottling process. This is a fun activity that is included with admission.

Interactive Games

If you’ve ever wanted to test your own pouring skills, the Heineken Experience has an interactive game which allows you to compete and see who can pour a beer better or faster.

This is just one of the games they have, but there are reportedly more to choose from here, as well as photo booths which will send pictures from the brewery to your email!

Design Your Own Bottle

Bring home a unique souvenir from the brewery with this machine which allows you to personally design beer bottles and engrave them with your name. This will cost extra, but it’s definitely one of the more interesting activities to enjoy at the Heineken Experience.

The Best ‘Dam Bar

At the end of your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to visit a bar at the brewery and try two glasses of fresh Heineken beer right from the source. If you get the VIP tour, you’ll receive five free beers instead, as well as dutch cheese to pair it with.


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