It’s a shitty job, but someone has to do it – that could sum up January, that poor month of the year following lucky, sparkly December. What to do to make this cold dark month a bit more friendly… drink more champagne? No. January asks for other measures; to keep you warm, inspired, on your feet, and hopeful for this new year that has only just begun.

January 13 and 14
Each year Amsterdam Hotel Night is organised for locals to enjoy a night in one of Amsterdam’s many splendid, luxury, quaint, and hip hotels. To top it off a program of culinary, creative and cultural events is offered to brighten up what could otherwise be deemed a morose, post-holiday, mid-winter weekend. Do not forget to check out where to get the best & biggest Sunday brunches – something has to get you through the week.

January 19 and 20, Posthoornkerk, Haarlemmerstraat 124-126
This year will be the 10th anniversary of the Whisky Weekend. 30 stands will present their newest concoctions to the public and there will be a whisky master present to answer all you have ever wanted to know about your beloved Scottish anti-freeze. Scottish tunes will do the rest.

January 17 until January 21, Passenger Terminal Amsterdam
A fresh new fair with surprising work on display. Expect contemporary art, ranging from paintings, sculpture, photography, glass, and jewellery, from over 30 renowned Dutch galleries. A white nude with a rabbit mask, an imperial swan and its offspring at night, or a tango captured in bronze, there is no better way to get excited about a new year. On Thursday afternoon five artists are invited to come and talk about their work.

The Jewish Historical Museum, October 20 – March 25
The Jewish Historical Museum marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the artist Charlotte Salomon with an exhibition dedicated to her legacy. The young woman fled to the South of France to escape the Second World War and made hundreds of gouaches, before being killed in Auschwitz in 1943. “Her whole life”, is what she called the more than 800 paintings with text, created to ward of the life that was destined for her, being born in a family tormented by suicide. Her vastly impressive work is also available online, together with a documentary about her life.

From January 18 to February 28, Olympic Stadion
The iconic Olympic Stadium, designed for the the Olympic Summer Games of 1928, will host one of the coolest ice tracks in the Netherlands. Experience this historic location, whilst gliding like a pro along the 2.000.000 bricks that characterize its typical Amsterdamse School-design. The Stadionbuurt has a lot of good dining options for afterwards, one popular spot being Restaurant Zuid, but there will also be stands with food and drinks on the track itself.

January 20, Ziggo Dome
Troubled, talented, terrific Gaga cancelled her concert in October, and will be in Amsterdam in January instead. Hopefully, her mysterious pains will give her some rest, so she will be able to perform from her outstanding last album Joanne.