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

The compact city centre lends itself particularly well to impromptu street parties with throngs of people from all over the world joining in the festivities. Fireworks traditionally illuminate the night sky above the Amstel – an attractive spot from which to enjoy the spectacle on the skyline is the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge). In recent years, the city's official New Year's Eve fireworks have taken place in various locations, such as against the backdrop of striking VOC Ship The Amsterdam at the National Maritime Museum and at Kop van Java.

Safety tips

Whether you're exploring the city with friends or family, or heading to pubs and clubs, it's important to celebrate safely. For this reason, some of the most popular city spots will be equipped with first aid posts, dealing with everything from dehydration to minor injuries. You'll find the first aid posts at Dam Square (positioned along the street at Beursplein), Nieuwmarkt (by the Nieuwmarkt police station), Leidseplein (by the police station at Lijnbaansgracht 219) and Rembrandtplein (by the square). 

New Year's Eve festivities

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.

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

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