Spending December 31st in Amsterdam is always a blast and the city might be the best place in Europe to ring in the New Year Eve. As usual there’s a wide range of awesome events happening in Amsterdam this year including the city’s famous fireworks displays, several club nights and even a cruise along the river IJ.
Loveland is a staple of Amsterdam’s EDM scene and organises club nights throughout the year. On December 31st they’ll hold a blow-out event inside one of the largest venues in the city, Mediahaven, which features three separate rooms and stages. Loveland events are extremely popular and tend to sell out pretty quickly, so it’s always advisable to order a ticket well in advance.
📍Mediahaven, Moermanskkade 107, Amsterdam, +31 348 484 010
Amsterdam NYE Cruise
That’s right. It is actually possible to spend New Year Eve onboard a cruise ship in Amsterdam. This awesome party boat docks behind Centraal Station and will host a floating club night on December 31st during a four hour cruise along the River IJ.
📍Superclub Cruise, De Ruijterkade 14, Amsterdam, +31 20 3446403
Awakenings New Year’s Eve Special
Awakenings will return to Amsterdam-West’s Gashouder this year and once again organise a massive club night featuring an impressive line-up of international DJs. The venue in question is absolutely stunning and is housed inside an enormous, circular building that was originally designed to store combustible gas.
📍Gashouder Westergasfabriek, Klönneplein 1, Amsterdam, +31 20 586 0710
Encore New Year’s Eve
Encore regularly organises extremely popular hiphop and RnB nights at Melkweg in Amsterdam and will throw a special New Year’s Eve event for the fifth time on December 31st. The party will take place over three different stages inside Melkweg and feature many leading names from the Dutch music scene.
📍Melkweg, Lijnbaansgracht 234A, Amsterdam, +31 20 531 8181
Camp out at Oosterdok
The largest pyrotechnic display in Amsterdam engulfs the skies above the city’s Oosterdok neighbourhood every year. Thousands of people gather at spots around this waterside district during New Year’s Eve and enjoy the fireworks whilst sipping from cheeky bottles of champagne.
Check out the party at Nieuwmarkt
The streets around Nieuwmarkt in central Amsterdam are renowned for their jovial atmosphere during New Year’s Eve. The area is always packed to the brim with revellers and is within eyeshot of Oosterdok’s annual fireworks display. Even though most people arrive with their own booze, there’s plenty of bars around Nieuwmarkt square that continue serving drinks well into the new year.
Explore the canals
Amsterdam’s historic canal belt becomes notoriously rowdy during New Year’s Eve and countless Amsterdammers spend their evenings drinking and socialising on the banks these iconic waterways. There’s a massive concentration of bars, restaurants and other nightlife hotspots in this area as well, which makes it perfect for impromptu parties.
Book a table at a restaurant
Looking for something a little bit more chilled out? Then maybe consider booking a table at one of the many stylish restaurants in Amsterdam that take reservations over New Year’s Eve. Pllek, for example, has an awesome beach terrace on the northern banks of the river IJ which looks directly onto the city’s firework display at Oosterdok, whereas A’DAM Toren’s rotating, sky-high restaurant Moon offers incredible views across the entire city.
📍 Pllek, Tt. Neveritaweg 59, Amsterdam, +31 20 290 0020
📍 Moon, Overhoeksplein 3, Amsterdam, +31 20 237 6311
Set off fireworks
For one reason or another Amsterdammers become uncharacteristically foolhardy during New Year’s Eve and take it upon themselves to ignite as many fireworks as humanly possible. It is extremely common to see children blowing up small chunks of the Netherlands with bottle rockets and many adults seem to enjoy setting off explosives in the street. While it’s certainly not for everyone, contributing to these improvised fireworks displays is pretty damn fun (albeit rather dangerous).
Chow down on oliebollen
Oliebollen are a deep-fried, Dutch delicacies that resemble roughly cut doughnuts covered in powdered sugars. These gloriously calorific treats are traditionally eaten at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve and are available from pop-up food trucks dotted around Amsterdam.