Amsterdam is one of the best European capitals to party your way into the New Year. The city always looks amazing during the holidays. Thanks to Amsterdam Light Festival, the illumination in the city center is amazing, especially if you take a walk along the Keizersgracht Canal.
Amsterdam always rings in the New Year with a big bang, and hundreds of thousands of people gather in the center to watch the fantastic fireworks display at midnight. You can catch a good glimpse of the fireworks and mass festivities at Dam Square, The Nieuwmarkt, or Rembrandtplein.
If the streets get too crowded, rooftop bars suit perfectly to watch the fireworks and have a few cocktails at midnight. However, they are pretty popular, so make sure to make your reservations in advance. Other good options for New Year's Eve include party cruises, hotels' black-tie gala nights, or dance parties in Amsterdam nightclubs. Top DJs and an incredible party atmosphere will surely make this night memorable!
In the morning, if you are brave enough, start the New Year with Nieuwjaarsduik or a plunge into chilly waters. Thousands of people are getting a swim in freezing waters in Amsterdam. Afterward, you can warm up with some traditional New Year treats: hot chocolate and Erwtensoep (pea soup). Also, New Year in Amsterdam is not complete without oliebollen, appelbeignets, and duivekater sweet pastries.