New Year's Eve in Amsterdam

Whether you’re a party animal or a romantic, young of years or young-at-heart, a big spender or on a budget, Amsterdam is a great city to ring in the New Year. The Dutch know how to have a good time and the capital is a gezellige (warm and friendly) host.

Celebrations in Amsterdam

New Year's Eve in Amsterdam is wild, colourful and fun. Street parties erupt with throngs of people from all over the world joining in the festivities. Fireworks illuminate the night sky and the city thrums in a cacophony of rockets, aerials, brocades, bangers and glittering willows. There will not be an official city-sponsored firework display this year, but you can expect to see a host of firework shows lighting up various locations around Amsterdam. Street level can be a bit chaotic in the midst of all the revelry, so you may want to find a nice rooftop perch like the Skylounge, Floor17 or Canvas to ring in the new year. 

Top New Year's Eve highlights in Amsterdam

New years resolutions

Windmill Land van Leegwater in winter
The roaring twenties are back and Amsterdam is ready to roll out another decade of glamour, glitz, culture and cuisine. If your new year's resolution list includes enjoying all there is to see and do in this vibrant city, here is some inspiration to make sure your 2020 in Amsterdam is the absolute bee's knees.

The five best places for oliebollen

Oliebollenkraam Amsterdam CC BY-SA 2.0 Franklin Heijnen via Flickr
This delicious Dutch treat is traditionally served on New Year’s Eve, but the oliebollenkramen (oliebollen stalls) start popping up in the lead up to Christmas. Here are five top-rated spots to get your fill.

Transportation and safety tips

New Year's Eve in Amsterdam is great fun, but it is important to be prepared for the festivities. Read up on safety tips, road closures, public transportation information and firework rules to make sure you celebrate safely.

5 tips for New Year's Eve in Amsterdam

Christmas lights near Leidseplein
From raves to rooftops and fireworks to fizz, here are the best ways to celebrate the year with a bang.

New Year's Eve parties

Amsterdam goes all out on New Year's Eve and this year's list of parties promises to be as long as the Prinsengracht.

New Year's Eve parties