The New Year is round the corner. So, get ready to bid adieu to the Year 2014 and say Hello to the Year 2015. The New Year celebrations and revelry is a major event celebrated with much fanfare in most of the places around the world. Prominent cities like New York, London, Paris, Sydney, Los Angeles and Singapore are among the few where you can bask in glory and indulge in huge merriment to usher in the New Year.
Apart from these popular cities, ringing in the New Year in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam would just be a fantastic idea. The New Year celebration in the city is a great spectacle indeed and a major highlight of the events calendar here. Come December 31, and the city sees an outpouring of people on to the streets and beaches in a celebratory mood. The atmosphere in the whole city wears an aura of unfettered revelry and festivities.
Be in time for the New Year in Amsterdam, and brace to see the dazzling fireworks displays to the accompaniment of electric dance beats and a drunken frenzy on the streets of the city by the locals as well as thousands of tourists from around the world. If you are a frequent visitor to Amsterdam, particularly to usher in the New Year, you will know that the number of tourists visiting the city is increasing year after year. The surge of tourists aptly shows that the New Year spectacle in the city has only become immensely popular.
As the clock strikes 12:00, the entire city of Amsterdam bursts in a joyous frenzy. The city’s skyline glitters with kaleidoscopes of bright neon lights with intermittent flashes and firecrackers bursts emanating from many directions. The sight of locals and tourists strolling huddled in winter jackets and visiting restaurants to enjoy the special gastronomic offerings looks refreshing and fascinating indeed.
The Dam Square is a beehive of activities. It is the main venue of the New Year celebrations. Be a witness to an impressive gathering of people screaming ‘Gelukkig Nieuwjaar’ (Happy New Year) with their lungs seemingly jutting out in a mad frenzy. The beer tents can be found scattered all over the area. Rowdy tourists guzzling down dozen of pints and enthusiastically greeting one another presents a hilarious sight. Amazing fireworks display, live music concerts and endless partying are the prominent hallmarks of the New Year festivities here.
Though Amsterdam is itself renowned for its party culture, but New Years Eve turns out to be something special in the lives of the people here. The mood is palpable and eclectic. Multitudes of restaurants can be seen attracting the people with their special New Year menus. Some of the restaurants also hold theme parties, festivals and many other events. You can always look forward to pub shindigs, musical fiestas and superb cuisines on this special occasion.
Here are some of the ways in which you can thoroughly enjoy New Year celebrations whenever in Amsterdam. This can be done by partying in public or private. If you are the one who love partying in the public, the best way to join in the fun on New Year’s Eve is to head off straight to the Museumplein to see the amazing fireworks display with an impressive lineup of DJs and Dutch bands. The monumental square is thronged by thousands of people every year dancing their way to merriment to the midnight hour and beyond. It’s absolutely a fantastic place to let your hair down. This free-for-all event with some 40,000 people having a gala time together also ensures that the chilly winter temperature is pleasantly warm. The Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) is also the best place for the couples to visit amid its romantic streetlights and awesome views of the canals portraying a mesmerizing starry-eyed setting.
Another way to indulge in New Year festivities is to organize your own private parties. Some of the best spots in Amsterdam to seek private moments with your dear one and spend quality time partying are the Paradiso Concert Hall, Club Church, Escape Club and Melkweg. These are popular spots in the city to organize your own special New Year treat. The Paradiso Concert Hall reminisce you of the yesteryears and instantly exports you to the vintage 60s. You can enjoy partying to the groovy tunes of the live bands with bubbly girls in tow. The party begins at 10 pm and continues till after midnight. The Escape Club is a popular haunt and integral to Amsterdam’s nightlife. Hit out at this famous nightclub on New Year’s Eve and dance merrily to the hip-shaking beats of the celebrity DJs.
So, just say Proost! the way Dutch would say it, and welcome the splendid New Year ahead in Amsterdam with a bang.