New Years - New Year's Eve in Amsterdam is named Oudjaarsdag or Oudjaarsavond, meaning "Old Year's Day" and "Old Year's Evening," respectively. You might also see and hear December 31 referred to as Oud en Nieuw, or "Old and New."
Whatever you call it, if you are celebrating he end of a year, and welcoming a new one in Amsterdam, you are in for a memorable party. So practice saying ‘gelukkig nieuwjaar’ and find the right revelry for you.
Citywide and Free-for-All Fireworks
So where's the biggest New Year's Eve party in Amsterdam? The city streets, of course!
The streets and squares of central Amsterdam are filled with throngs of people especially at Dam Square, Rembrandtplein, Nieuwmarkt and Leidseplein. Try the fun, funky Jordaan neighborhood and the cafés of the Western Canal Ring for a more local feel. It seems almost everyone has a bottle of Champagne in tow, and if they don't, they are probably lighting fireworks.
New Years Eve in Amsterdam means fireworks everywhere! As soon as it's dark, kids start shooting, throwing and lighting all sorts of crackers, bangers and sparklers. And while it's all in the name of fun, in the more crowded touristy areas, it can be downright scary. So, be warned and take cover or take part!
Large displays of organized fireworks take place at Dam Square, Rembrandtplein and every borough of the City. The squares and the streets are packed. Nieuwmarkt is especially wild, as this is the heart of the Chinese community in Amsterdam and the fireworks are plentiful.
If you prefer to watch the fireworks from a calmer location, the bridges throughout the city are perfect vantage points, especially the ones over the Amstel River, like the Magere Brug or ‘skinny bridge.’
Bars, Clubs, Music & Parties: It's no surprise that there are endless organized parties and themed events in Amsterdam's bars and clubs on New Year's Eve. Tickets range from €10 to more than €1,000 and sell out quickly, so buy in advance!