Few cities in Europe know how to party quite like Amsterdam, and the Dutch capital certainly comes alive with celebration on December 31. There will be plenty of huge parties taking place in the city on New Year’s Eve, with crowds dancing the night away to some of the world’s top DJs, but even if you haven’t managed to snap up a ticket for one of these events there are still plenty of opportunities to join the celebrations.

There will also be many exciting festivities taking place on some of Amsterdam’s spectacular squares and public spaces such as Nieuwmarkt and Museumplein, and Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein also offer plenty of entertainment. And then there are the fireworks.

In Holland everyone is allowed to buy their own supply of fireworks to light up the sky in celebration of the new year, and many Dutch people do so enthusiastically, with millions of euros spent every year to create a real spectacle. In Amsterdam fireworks displays are traditionally held on the Amstel river and visitors to the city should go to the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) for one of the best views of the brightly-lit skies.

Getting there

Amsterdam is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands, lying at the center of the Randstad, one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe. Getting there is easy if you book one of the frequent cross-Channel ferries to France, with Amsterdam being around four hours away by car if you travel on one of the Dover ferries to Calais.

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MyFerryLink offers up to 16 sailings between Dover and Calais every day and you can book your crossing by visiting our booking page on the website or by calling 0844 2482 100.

Further information

You can find out more about Amsterdam and all the great things to do in the city on the I Amsterdam website

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