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. Please note that buying tickets in advance is usually recommended.
Last update: 5 November.
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 that includes a three-hour set by Carl Cox and the traditional indoor fireworks display! 20:00-06:00, tickets: €49.50.
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, tickets: €49.50.
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, moombahton and more! 21:30-06:00, tickets: €56.50.
Paradiso's main hall goes all glittery and glamrock-y with its Glitterazzi bash, which will last until the sun rises on the year 2015. The schedule is chock-full with live performances and DJs spinning glamrock, disco and club classics; guests are asked to “dress down & get glittery.” 22:00-05:00, tickets: €25 (early bird)/€35.
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: €30.00 (early bird)/€35 (standard)/€40 (late).
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: €66.
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. 20:30, tickets: €30.
For a classy New Year’s Eve, look no further than The Dylan – the luxurious boutique hotel is putting on a swanky do with champagne, cocktails, snacks and entertainment (a DJ and a saxophonist). Tickets (€75) can be ordered by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Studio 80 likes to reward trust in its visitors: as long as early-bird tickets are available, the line-up for Studio 80’s New Year’s Eve remains shrouded in mystery. 23:00-05:00, tickets: €20 (early bird)/€30 (presale).
For its New Year’s Eve celebration De Happening, Jimmy Woo promises a night of “epic proportions.” In addition, DJs will spin the latest in deep house, techno, UK bass, trap and hip-hop. 22:00-05:00, tickets: €45 (presale)/€50.
The Secret Affair NYE event returns for its third edition with a line-up set to include a host of international and home-grown talent. Expect great music, amazing acts and a lively crowd! 21:30-06:00, tickets: €30 (early bird)/€39.50.
Music-wise, Panama is certainly keeping options open this New Year’s: WE ALL LOVE ’80s ’90s ’00s is the motto. VJs will be spicing up the three-decade charts hits playlist with legendary moments from film and TV. 22:00-04:00, tickets: €35 (presale).
The Apenkooi events always come out for big dates in the Amsterdam party calendar, and so it is this NYE, too, as it descends on Westerunie and the Transformatorhuis at Westergasfabriek. However, this is an extra special date, as it marks the last-ever Apenkooi edition. Expect plenty of dance craziness with DJs such as Benny Rodrigues and Tom Trago. 22:00-06:00, tickets: €37.50 (early bird).
Club ABE is going for gold with its New Year’s Eve offering: The Privileged is all about glitter and glamour (and so is the dress code). 22:00-05:00, tickets: €45 (presale).
The Supperclub is going all out with its New Year’s Eve schedule at The Best of…: in addition to various DJs spinning house, R&B and hip-hop, there’ll be an aerial net act by artiste Andromeda Circus! 22:30-late, tickets: €49 (early bird)/€60.
If you’d like to spend the last night of the year afloat on a glamorous cruise ship while dancing to house beats, Hed Kandi, taking place on the Ocean Diva Amsterdam, might be just the ticket. 21:30-late, tickets: €35 (early bird).
The Loveland Festival is one of the Netherlands’ biggest dance festivals, and its Loveland New Year edition at Mediahaven is set to be equally larger-than-life. 21:00-06:00, tickets: €44.50 (early bird).
The R&B Legends night celebrates its sixth anniversary as well as New Year’s Eve with plenty of classic ’90s R&B, urban and trap on three dancefloors in Hotel Arena. 23:00-05:00, tickets: €20 (early bird)/€25 (presale)/€35.
The Moulin Rouge New Year’s Eve – La Société Boheme sees Lloyd Arcardi bring all the glamour and debauchery of fin-de-siècle Paris to Amsterdam’s Koepelkerk, the historic copper-domed church by the Singel, with live bands, circus acts, fire shows, aerial performances, cancan dancers, opera singers and pin-up burlesque hostesses. There is a strict dress code – think Montmartre bohemians, courtesans and absinthe-reliant painters, actors and poets. 21:30-05:30, tickets: €65 (early bird)/€75.