How to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam 2014

Amsterdam on New Year’s Eve looks pretty cutesy with all the twinkling fairy lights reflected in the canals – that’s if they haven’t frozen over of course, if they have, you’ll be skating on them!

Below we have all the details about the free Amsterdam firework displays and event listings for our favourite clubs to suit any type of night owl, all on a budget of course.

Need cheap Amsterdam NYE accommodation? Browse our Amsterdam hostels now, while there are still dorms left!

Amsterdam NYE at-a-glance

  • Firework shows are FREE in every major square.
  • Firework shows turn into huge outdoor parties. Stock up on backpack drinks and try to avoid the firecrackers!
  • Prepare to walk: public transport shuts down at 8pm.
  • Pubs and bars will all be packed. Expect standing room only from 8pm.
  • Lots of restaurants close on New Year’s Eve – if you want to eat out, check which ones are open using dinnersite.nl. These will typically offer prix fixe menus starting at €50 per head.
  • Ditto, nearly all tourist attractions close early on New Year’s Eve.
  • New Year’s Eve is called Oud en Nieuw (“Old and New”) in Dutch, or just Oudejaarsavond.
  • “Happy New Year,” is “Gelukkig nieuwjaar!” Say it like “huh-LOOK-uh NYOO-yar,” with the hs pronounced as they are in the Hebrew “Hanukkah.”

Amsterdam NYE fireworks and street parties

Amsterdam NYE at Nieuwmarkt

The Dutch go in for fireworks big time. The streets are ablaze with firecrackers, sparklers and all sorts of whizzbangs.

Best views: For the best view of free fireworks, head to the area between Prinsengracht and Bloemgracht. Alternatively go to one of the bridges, particularly the Magere Brug bridge over the Amstel River which twinkles with reflections!

Central: The largest free New Year’s Eve countdown is at Oosterdok. VOC ship The Amsterdam and the Scheepvaartmuseum make for a beautiful backdrop to celebrations which include bands, DJs and a fireworks extravaganza at midnight. The event kicks off at 9:30pm and you can take alcohol but no glasses.

Other locations for enjoying the fireworks and big screens include Dam Square, Rembrandtplein and Nieuwmarkt (the Amsterdam Chinatown neighbourhood). For more of a local vibe, head for trendy Jordaan and the Western Canal Ring. For festive eats, buy oliebollen sugary donuts and appelflappen apple fritters from one of the food stands.

The best Amsterdam clubs for New Year’s Eve

For budget pre-drinking, see our Amsterdam Bars: Fab & Frugal Places to Drink guide.

Ready to dance the night away? These clubs are your best bet – click through to find out more details.

Trouw: A former newspaper printing warehouse (which still has the old print press), Trouw is now a club, bar and restaurant under one roof. The dancefloor is vast with a roof at least three storys high, plus cheap drinks and multi-level chill-out spaces. NYE celebrations here are the hottest house and techno ticket in town – no wonder all the presale for this year’s TWEEDUIZENDTROUW event have been snapped up. Your best bet now is to grab one of the remaining ‘restaurant package’ tickets, where you get a great meal thrown in too. Hey, Trouw takes care of you that way.

Wibautstraat 127  | Tickets: €75 including dinner – call 020-4637788 to reserve | More information here

ParadisoThe gorgeous church conversion still has all its stained glass windows intact (quite a feat for a club) as well as a balcony for watching all the action on the dancefloor  below. Putting on a sparkling NYE line up, under a thick layer of glitter with DJs and live performances until sunrise (and disco workouts in the basement). Dress code: glitter, glitter and more glitter! Well, the club night is called Glitterazzi…

Weteringschans 6  | Tickets: €43 | Buy tickets here 

Air: NYE is always a party-tastic occasion at Air, the only purpose-built club in Amsterdam. Expect a pop and R&B-flavoured playlist, with fancy dress encouraged.

Amstelstraat 16 | Price and DJs TBA – check site for updates

Melkweg: This multi-media arts venue – previously an old dairy hence the name Milky Way – always hosts NYE’s hugest parties in Amsterdam.

Lijnbaansgracht 234a | Price and DJs TBA – check site for updates

And on the morning after…

Breakfast ClubWhether you just want to keep the party going or you’re a natural early bird after a big night out, here you are guaranteed a breakfast buffet, live music for supercool DJs and a more refreshing start to the New Year. The most positive NYE afterparty in Amsterdam!

Venue TBA – check the website for updates | 7am-4pm with breakfast served until 10am 

Book your NYE accommodation in Amsterdam now…

Book a hostel or cheap Amsterdam hotel for New Year’s Eve as early as possible to get the best price.

At the moment, dorm beds are sitting at around the €70-90 mark per person, per night, so snap up those last beds now if you’re planning a trip.

Take a look at our listings for Amsterdam hostels on NYE – at the time of publishing we have 14 hostels left showing availability for the big night, including this one right in the centre of town…

The White Tulip Hostel: Located in the Red Light district and with a 20% discount on all food and drinks in the bar downstairs.
Customer Rating: 71%
NYE Availability: 10-person dorms and private rooms are available from €88.33pppn. Book now

NYE transport

Public transport starts to wind down in the early evening, stopping completely by 8pm. With the amount of people on the streets, it’d be downright dangerous to run trams!

A reduced metro and bus service resumes at 12am – check the official Amsterdam Public Transport site for more information. Our advice? Bring a map and prepare to walk to and from where you’re staying.

Happy new year in Amsterdam!

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Thanks to katielips#Eelco, katielips, RosaMaria_NikaVincent van der Pas for the images off Flickr. Please note, all images were suitable for use according to the Creative Commons License at the time of publication.

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