The Guardian published their tips for the holiday season and of course Amsterdam was on the list:
It’s a good time to… go Dutch
If you’re looking for a festive break with an edge, then head to Amsterdam, which will be celebrating in its own inimitable style. Expect quirky markets, camp cabarets and the city’s first ever Light Festival (7 Dec to 20 Jan; amsterdamlightfestival.com) featuring an illuminated walking route along the Amstel river and a canal parade of twinkling barges (15 Dec). Shop for unusual gifts at the Funky Christmas Market (18 Dec) held at the Westergasfabriek, (westergasfabriek.nl) a former gasworks which is now one of the city’s hippest hangouts, or join in one of the many outrageous cabaret nights which make up the Pink Christmas celebration (19-31 Dec, pinkchristmas.nl). And no winter trip would be complete without donning a pair of skates. If weather permits join the locals on the frozen canals or take a turn on the Museum Square outdoor rink, before snacking on poffertjes.
From: The Guardian, November 25, 2012