New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam is great! It’s celebrated in the streets, bars and clubs. Firework plays a big role in the NYE traditions of the Netherlands, so be prepared for a war zone. At midnight, people gather outside with champagne and ‘oliebollen‘ in hand. Everybody wishes everybody a Happy New Year! Read this post to find out where to see or how to avoid the crazy Dutch firework, where the best New Year Eve parties in Amsterdam are and more about Dutch NYE traditions (don’t forget: three kisses!)
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Where to go for New Year Eve 2019/2020 in Amsterdam
New Year’ Eve in Amsterdam is celebrated outdoors. In Amsterdam, crowds gather at the main squares in the centre: Leidseplein, Dam Square, Rembrandtplein and Nieuwmarkt from around 21.30. There are bars outside and music.
Just before the clock hits midnight, people go outside. They pour their glasses, set off their own fireworks in the street and enjoy wishing everybody a Happy New Year. Street parties will last well into the night. Many clubs, bars and private parties continue partying until the early morning.
The best NYE Parties in Amsterdam
All clubs in Amsterdam organize their own New Year’s Eve party, but beware that NYE clubbing is much more expensive than other nights. Entrances can be around 40 euros. Find more Amsterdam Events 2019.
Below you will find a selection of special New Year Eve parties in Amsterdam. More will be added!
Verknipt New Years Eve 2019
Verknipt is known to organize great parties, showcasing the best in underground electronic music. Their first New Year’s Eve rave takes place in Casco, a television studio next to the ADAM Tower. Easy to reach by free ferry (runs all night from Central Station).
Line-up: ANOTR, Fatima Hajji, Karim Soliman, Klangkuenstler, Luuk van DijkSHDW & Obscure Shape, SNTS.
TIKTAK New Years Eve 2019/2020
TIKTAK is famous for combing a line-up of Dutch hip-hop stars with electronic acts. They are organizing five New Years’ Eve parties in The Netherlands. The Amsterdam party is the biggest, taking place in AFAS Live.
Line-up New Year Eve Amsterdam show 2019/2020: Lil’ Kleine, Bizzey Frenna, Broederliefde, Boef, Jonna Fraser, Snelle Sevn Alias Childsplay, Johnny 500, Dyna, Girls Love DJs, TIKTAK Soundsystem
Flirterz NYE 2019
A superstar DJ line-up, a warehouse-feel venue, amazing stage production, and a great audience is what you can expect at the New Year’s Eve party of Flirtez. It takes place in The Box in Amsterdam.
Line-up: Benny Rodrigues, Gregor Salto, Genairo Nvilla, Stefan Vilijn, Nafthaly Ramona, Don James, Charissa Jong, D-Rashid ft Cleyton Barros
Where to see the best fireworks in Amsterdam
New Year Eve 2019/2020 there will not be an official firework show in Amsterdam. But in the Netherlands, people love firework. So everyone will buy their own in the days before New Year. At midnight, everyone sets off their own firework! Most fireworks is set off at Amsterdam’s China Town. This is an area to avoid when you don’t like loud bangs!
High roof bars are best to see firework in Amsterdam. Bars that have a great view over Amsterdam often organize special parties for New Year’s Eve. Examples: SkyLounge, Ma’dam on the top floor of ADAM Tower, Floor17 on top of the Leonardo Hotel in West, Canvas at the 7th floor of Volkshotel, Hopp, the open-air bar on the 8th floor of hotel Casa400 or W Lounge, the hip and luxurious rooftop cocktail bar of W Amsterdam hotel.
How to say ‘Happy New Year’ in Dutch
‘Gelukkig nieuwjaar‘ is Dutch for ‘Happy new year’. But this is so difficult to pronounce, that you’re better of saying ‘Happy new year’ and smile. Shaking hands with strangers is normal. If you have met before, girls & boys give three kisses on the cheeks when wishing each other a happy new year in the Netherlands.
What to do on New Year’s Day in Amsterdam
On New Year’s Day, Amsterdam slowly awakes from the festivities. It will be a mess, with all the fireworks and champagne bottles covering the streets, but the heroes of the city (the cleaners!) will do their best to get everything nice and clean again.
Apart from some souvenir shops, all shops in Amsterdam will be closed on January 1, 2019. Many museums will also be closed. Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Rembrandt House Museum are open on New Year’s Day. New Years Day might be a good day to take an Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise on the Amsterdam canals.