What to do at New Year in Amsterdam
With our New Year mini cruise you can enjoy 2 days in the exciting Dutch capital of Amsterdam. Buzzing with activity at this time of year, there’s so much for you to do, from ice skating to light festivals!
New Year’s Eve
As we arrive on New Year’s Eve you’ll have the day to explore Amsterdam before heading back onto the ship for the fireworks display. This is a great opportunity to try some of the local, seasonal dishes.
Holland’s favourites at this time of year are always sweet. Pick up some oliebollen (sugar coated doughnuts) at a market stall, or perhaps some appelflappen (delicious apple fritters).
It’s also a great chance for you to discover the countless museums in the city, as most of them stay open over the holidays.
Amsterdam travel guide
New Year’s Day
Just as the British have their Christmas and Boxing Day Dips, the Dutch have a Traditional New Year’s Dive. Over 25,000 people take part in the New Year’s Dive in more than 60 locations across the Netherlands. Check out all the locations
here. There are two locations nearby, with one in IJmuiden where the ferry docks, and one in Amsterdam. Opt for fancy dress if you want to take it up a notch, as many other divers will be in costume. For more outdoor activities, take a walk through Vondelpark, especially if there’s bright skies and a layer of snow. It’s beautiful to see the greenery under a blanket of white. Alternatively, hop on a canal cruise as these will also be operating on New Year’s Day.
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The January sales are keen to get going in Amsterdam, as Holland only has 2 big sales a year – this being one of them. You’re sure to score some fantastic bargains, with shopping districts such as Nine Streets open until 6pm.
Kalverstraat and Leidsestraat, Amsterdam’s most popular shopping streets, are also open for you to explore. You’ll find H&M, Zara, Karen Millen and more, all with great January sale deals.
Nine Streets is ideal for anyone looking for independent boutiques and unique finds.
Shopping in Amsterdam
What to see
Discover Amsterdam’s light festival, one of the most spectacular visual arrangements you may ever see. Running through the canals and city centre on the boat route and walking route, it is planned and executed by artists and designers from across the globe. It provides a unique perspective of the waterways and neighbourhoods of this stunning capital. Make sure you visit Amsterdam’s glorious Christmas tree, decorated with 4km of Christmas lights. It will be illuminating Dam Square, its majesty rivalling that of Amsterdam’s Royal Palace.
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