Join the Locals in the City Centre
The reasons to visit Amsterdam are endless. But the holiday season in the Netherlands offers visitors something extra. It’s warm, inviting, exciting and awe-inspiring. Locals reciprocate a cheerful mood through socializing, food, and crazy events that reflect how much the Dutch like to celebrate life. Join them in the city center to get a magical holiday experience.
Enjoy food stands filled with fresh baked traditional treats and foods. Meet and learn about locals and their traditions and try participating in some Amsterdam events put on by the city or the shopping centers.
New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam is the perfect time to share a kiss, a bite, and creating new experiences with old and new friends. There is definitely enough beer to go around, and champagne of course. The Dutch also love their olliebollen during the holidays. A visit to Amsterdam in December is not complete until you try one from the many food stalls around the city. And while you’re at it, fill your belly with a fresh, hot apple beignet. They’re almost as famous as the oliebollen and definitely just as tasty.
Go for a City Walk
The 31st of December is not a day to spend inside. It gets dark early, so as it gets later in the afternoon the city will start to look magical. Charming Christmas decorations, locals rushing home from work getting their last party essentials from Albert Heijn and the smell of oliebollen filling the streets. Another extra you get to enjoy during this time of the year is the Amsterdam Light Festival. The 2020/2021 theme ‘disrupt’ will probably blend in smoothly with the fireworks and the impressive light art is definitely worth a detour. You can find installations in different locations throughout the city and the Light Festival walking route is a highlight in every sense of the word.