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Amsterdam — By Marianne on December 19, 2009 at 11:48 am

Seasonal Concerts, Circus Acrobats and Gourmet Dinner

December is the month of sparkling lights, magical candles and Christmas-themed music. The city abounds in cultural, entertaining and festive events. Music-lovers, cultural-minded gourmets and fun-loving children (and adults), there is something for everybody.

Are still you making plans for the festive season? Here are my suggestions:





WHAT: Festival of Lessons and Carols and Midnight Mass
Familiar carols will provide you with the ultimate Christmas spirit.
WHERE: St Nicolas Church, Prins Hendrikkade (opposite Centraal Station)
WHEN: 19 December at 5 pm; lessons and Carols
24 December at 9 pm, Midnight Mass at 9 pm


WHAT: German Baroque Organ Recital
Baroque music was written on demand. The composer considered himself a craftsman rather than an artist.
WHERE: Oude kerk, Oudekerksplein 23
WHEN: 20 December, 4 pm

WHAT: Russian Christmas Concert
Low, sonorous voices of the Oktoich Chamber Choir and the male choir of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in London take you on a journey to Russia.
WHERE: Hermitage, Amstel 51
WHEN: 20 December, 2 pm

WHAT: Christmas Songs of Love and Joy
Familiar and lesser-known songs transport you to a world of joy, happiness and reflection
WHERE: Meer en Vaart, Meervaart 300
WHEN: 20 December, 8.30 pm

WHAT: Händel’s Mesiah, Basle (Switzerland) Chamber Choir and Tölzer Boy Choir
Oratorio which tells about the arrival of the Messiah, His worldly sufferings, and His death to save for mankind. The Hallelujah Chorus is the most famous part.
WHERE: Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 6
WHEN: 21 December, 8.15 pm



WHAT: Wereldkerstcircus, World Christmas Circus
WHERE: Koninklijk Theater Carre, Amstel 115
WHEN: 18 December – 3 January 2010

WHAT: Miffy in Concert, Children Concert
WHERE: Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 2
WHEN: 29 December, 11.30 am

WHAT: Puppet Show: Mozart’s Magic Flute
Exotic fairy tale about the struggle between good and evil
WHERE: Marionettentheater, Nieuwe Jonkerstraat 8
WHEN: 29 December, 2 pm

WHAT: Winter Circus Martin Hanson
Clown, acrobats and animals transport you to a world of sand, sawdust and cracking whips.
WHERE: Schouwburg Amstelveen, Stadsplein 100, Amstelveen
WHEN: 29 December, 1 pm and 4.15 pm



WHAT: New Year’s Eve Brunch
Your last meal in 2009 accompanied by a medley of show and song
WHERE: Paleis van de Weemoed, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 15
WHEN: 31 December

WHAT: comedy show and three-course dinner with unlimited wine and beer and party as long as you can stay awake|
Christmas themed dinner-show poking fun at the pleasures and frustrations of the holiday season (in English)
WHERE: Boom Chicago, Leidseplein 12
WHEN: 21 – 26 December

photo credit: trpO @flickr

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