Another year went by in the blink of an eye. And my oh my, what a great year it’s been! Looking back in gratitude and looking forward, feeling very excited about what these last couple of days will bring me. Those days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve might feel a bit strange to some, but luckily, I know of some great events that will make the last weekend of 2018 one to remember.
Hortus by Night – Hortus Botanicus – 28, 29, 30 December
Hortus by Night is one of my favourite events by far, as you can discover the magical fairytale-like world of the botanical garden by night! Thousands of little lights in the dark will create the loveliest sight while being surrounded by exotic, and sometimes even ancient, plants. The fireplace on the winter terrace will make for the best place to treat yourself to a hot chocolate or mulled wine, while getting cosy with a loved one.
Murder in Artis – Artis Zoo – 20 December – 6 January 2019
Talking about thrilling events! Artis Zoo in Amsterdam hosts a special evening event, where you will play the role as detective, listening to a (fictional) telephone conversation between a journalist and one of Artis’ interns, who are investigating strange noises in the zoo. But then, all of the sudden, one of them disappears… See the zoo in a different perspective at night, find out what happened and solve the mystery. I’m definitely very, very curious, so, count me in!
Winterparade – Zuiderkerk – 25 December – 29 December
Imagine a table of 120-metre, enough for around 500 people to take a seat and enjoy both a lovely dinner as live entertainment, like theater, musicians and dancers, right in front of them, on the table. This evening promises nothing fancy, rather the opposite: an informal get-together where (accidental) meetings, sharing stories and just having a great evening is the main goal. Put on your dancing shoes after dinner for the silent disco and show off your best dance moves on the table. Note: vegetarian options are also available.
So, that was it for now. I’d like to thank you for everything this great year and I wish each and every one of you the most wonderful and happy New Year full of adventures. You’ll of course find me on the corner of The Bloemgracht again at 12 o’clock, admiring the beautiful fireworks and enjoying some good ol’ Dutch ‘Oliebollen’ (fried dough balls). And a small hint for the diehards amongst us, who want to get rid of a possible hangover as soon as possible, there are some New Year’s Dives in Amsterdam, at ‘Sloterplas’, ‘Gaasperplas’, ‘Ijburg’ and ‘Amstel’.
Enjoy it to the fullest people!
Plantage Middenlaan 2a
1018 DD Amsterdam
€• tickets are €5,00 each, available online and at the door.
Plantage Kerklaan 38-40
1018 CZ Amsterdam
€• tickets are € 12,50 each, available online and at the door.
1011 WB Amsterdam
€• tickets are €46,00 each, available online only.