Best Places To Celebrate New Year's Eve In Amsterdam

Dam Square during Christmas | © martin_vmorris / Flickr
Dam Square during Christmas | © martin_vmorris / Flickr
Photo of Tom Coggins
30 November 2016

On New Year’s Eve thousands of people flock to Amsterdam to witness the city’s fireworks displays and enjoy the last moments of the old year with their friends and family. Large parts of the city host full-blown street parties with legions of Amsterdammers, visitors and travelers bonding together to bid farewell to the year gone by. Here are the best spots in Amsterdam to ring in the New Year.


Amsterdam’s largest New Year’s fireworks display takes place in the center of Oosterdok and just before midnight a spectacular countdown is projected onto the Scheepvaartmuseum’s western facade. Many of the neighborhood’s monumental structures are illuminated during the evening, including the VOC flagship which is docked on the banks of the river Ij. For the best view, head over to Prins Hendrickkade- a long, canal waterside road that runs parallel to Centraal Station.


Roest will be hosting a raunchy, burlesque inspired party this New Year’s Eve, aptly titled Moulin Roest: Un Spectacle Extraordinaire. The night will kick off with a three course dinner and then move onto dancing, DJs and cocktails. At midnight guests will be able to lounge on Roest’s canal side beach and watch fireworks explode across Amsterdam’s central skyline.

Roest's canal side terrace | © Alper Çuğun / Flickr

Nieuwmarkt and China Town

Nieuwmarkt erupts on New Year’s Eve and many locals flock to its main square to guzzle down champagne or let off their own fireworks. At midnight, the entire neighborhood is engulfed by a massive pyrotechnic show organized by Amsterdam’s municipality. During this explosive spectacle residents of Amsterdam’s China Town parade through a street adjacent to Nieuwmarkt called Zeedijk. This terrestrial show is based on traditional Chinese lion dancing and its performers are dressed in elaborate, beast-shaped costumes.


This year Volkshotel has gone all out. The rooftop bar Canvas will be hosting a lavish three course meal and club night. For €75 guests can enjoy a luxurious dinner, alongside delicious cocktails or bubbly and then watch Amsterdam’s fireworks displays from Canvas’ 80 meter high terrace. Afterwards, the bar will host a tropically themed party, with several DJs set to blast out afro-beat and house grooves.

Canvas is located on the roof of Vokshotel | © Konrad Lischka / Flickr

Amsterdam’s Central Canal Rings

In the hours leading up to midnight many Amsterdammers take to the streets and ignite massive arsenals of fireworks. Obviously, this improvised approach towards pyrotechnics can be quite frightening and isn’t for the faint hearted. However, spending New Year’s Eve on one of Amsterdam’s central canals is a unique experience

Amsterdam's canals are light up by fireworks throughout New Year's Eve | © Kyle Hasegawa / Flickr

Dam Square

Dam Square is illuminated throughout the festive season and features the largest christmas tree in Amsterdam. Thousands of people flock to the plaza on New Year’s Eve to watch fireworks and drink with friends. Although Dam Square doesn’t have its own fireworks displays its centrality makes it a perfect spot for watching the numerous pyrotechnical spectaculars going on around the city.

The Christmas tree at Dam Square | © Floris Looijesteijn / Flickr

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