New Year’s Eve in Holland


December 31, 2015 - January 1, 2016

New Year’s Eve is a big party in Holland every year. Most people spend the evening with friends or family, watch the famous ‘New Year’s Eve conferences’ and drink plenty of champagne while eating greasy oliebollen (a traditional Dutch pastry: deep-fried dough balls with raisins) and apple beignets. Until the fireworks explode at midnight...


In Holland everyone is allowed to buy their own supply of fireworks to light up the sky, which many people do enthusiastically. Millions of euros are spent every year so it’s a real spectacle. While fireworks are officially allowed for one hour on New Year’s Eve, there is a lot of popping and banging throughout the day and night.


Big cities celebrate the party with gusto. Big squares are filled with people, particularly in Chinese districts like the Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam. If you want to celebrate New Year’s Eve at a bar restaurant or club, it is likely that you will have to book tickets well in advance.

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