New Years Eve in Amsterdam
Funfair on Dam Square, Amsterdam © Nikthestoned
On New Year's Eve locals and tourists pack into the streets and squares of central Amsterdam to celebrate before heading to one of the city's many bars and clubs. Dam Square and the Leidseplein become the centre of most of the revelry and as midnight approaches the sky is lit up with fireworks. The Oosterdok area usually hosts the biggest event (free of charge) with the VOC Ship, Science Centre NEMO and Scheepvaartmuseum forming a backdrop for festivities. These open-air celebrations are suitable for the whole family and are the main highlight of an Amsterdam New Year's Eve. The atmosphere in the bars is festive and friendly, though increasingly more seedy as you move into the red light district. Many nightclubs offer New Year specials with top DJs, music concerts and performances and there are also traditionally a number of quirky themed parties for those who like to dress up for New Year's.
Date: 31 December annually