Celebrating the new year brings a fresh start full of opportunity, new leaves and blank slates. How will you celebrate? Amsterdam's list of parties is as long as the Prinsengracht. Our guide to the best parties covers the mass-scale dance parties, costume shindigs, free-for-all family fun and quirky theme parties.
New Year, new cheer
Plenty of New Year's Eve parties to suit every taste spring up across Amsterdam which can make deciding where to spend the evening tricky business.
Check out I amsterdam's NYE 2014/2015 party listing below, featuring our selection of the best events across town.
The list will be updated as the latest events are announced.
Last update: 21 October.
2014/2015 New Year's events in Amsterdam
As the organisers of the country's largest techno event, Awakenings is an institution in the Netherlands. Usher in the new year at the Awakenings New Year’s Eve Special at the Gashouder (Westergasfabriek), featuring an international DJ line-up and the traditional indoor fireworks display! 20:00-06:00, €tbc.
Not content with just one New Year’s party, Awakenings are back at the Westergasfabriek on the first day of 2014 with their Awakenings New Year’s Day Special: a 12-hour techno marathon sure to blast away any remaining bleariness from New Year’s Eve. 17:00 (on 1 January)-05:00, €tbc.
Hugely successful Amsterdam club night TIKTAK returns to the NYE circuit with their TIKTAK NYE event at the Heineken Music Hall. An eclectic crowd-pleaser, the night promises a cross-over mix of hip-hop, house, trap, electro, moombathon and more! 21:30-06:00, tickets: €56.50.
Welcome in the new year with a huge line-up of DJs spinning various styles of tunes at the Escape with their New Year’s Eve party. Line up tbc, but the action is traditionally spread over the Escape Club (house), Escape deLux (urban/eclectic), the Escape Studio (tech/minimal) and the Escape Lounge (80s/90s/00s). 21:00-05:00, tickets: €65.
A new addition to this year’s New Year’s line-up, the Morse Festival sees in 2015 at the Scheepsbouwloods (NDSM Wharf) with plenty of techno, tech-house and deep house. 22:00-06:00, tickets: €19.50 (very early bird)/€29.50 (early bird)/€35 (standard).
Prepare for a glamorous, retro, sexy New Year’s Eve as Midnite Burlesque descends on the Paradiso’s upper hall! The Busquitos will be on hand with live music, retrolicious DJs will be spinning the tunes and there’ll be plenty of sensational burlesque acts. Get your glad rags on and dance to a naughty mix of rock ‘n’ roll, big band, electro swing and Burlesque beats. 22:30-05:00, tickets: €35.
Billed as the largest and most bizarre New Year’s rave ever, Q-dance presents the Freaqshow at the Ziggo Dome. This twisted NYE celebration promises a night of hard-style tunes, plenty of freaky live shows and raucous entertainment. 20:00-late, tickets: €60.
With Fris & Fruitig: NYE, the creative and event space Mixtup Project puts on a "house party plus": fun and games (and dancing!) at a relaxed do, no dressing up required.