The Holiday season of Christmas en New Year’s Eve (NYE) are often a bit funny for LGBTQI people. Many of us don’t have close family connections to celebrate this days with parents or siblings. Others just want to break free from the traditional patterns of visiting family and eating a lot. In any case for almost all of us these are a couple of free days, where we can do what we want and party all night long. A lot of gay bars in Amsterdam organize special festivities these holiday days. We like to draw special attention to for the events of Lellebel and the bars around the Amstel and Halvemaansteeg.
Holiday season parties and events: our picks
Merry Queer Mass
- 22nd December 8PM – 3 AM
- Sexyland, Ms van Riemsdijkweg 39
Sexyland is a quirky party location in Amsterdam Noord, the hippest neighborhood right now. Often they organize queer and/or gay parties and this one is certainly one of them.
They are in the right spirit of rebellion against tradtions or as they say: “Christmas brings along loads of social pressure, uncomfortable encounters and traditional imagery, with little to no room for those who don’t fit into obvious boxes. So let’s go to Sexyland to queer the most traditional time of the year by celebrating nonconformity, awkwardness and queerness all together!”
You can expect a variety of performances, video screenings, speeches, art installations, poetry, and short stories. All of this is of course the back drop of some great music.
Line-up: Driewieler Collectief, Linda Duits, Jan Hoek, Aurélien Lepetit, Mehrshad Tajfar, Loes Faber, De Gladiool, Dagny Polly F, Richy Florentina, Mylou Oord, LIONSTORM, DIEMUNDSTÜTEMEIER, Philipp Gufler, Beyoncé van Vreden, FLAM at basis for Live Art, The Mountain, LUPE, DJ AAAH!, and DJ Octo, Loeloe & Ronnie.
Dress code: as you like. All gender, sexualities and fetishes welcome.
Entrance: €2,50 for a 1-week Sexyland membership card.
Together we’re strong benefit
- 22 december 8PM – 3AM
- Fame, Amstel Fifty Four, Queers, Montmartre, Lellebel
The “Samen Sterk” (Together we’re strong) Christmas gala in the bars around the Amstel and Halvemaansteeg is a benefit evening organized Valy Pintiuc. The aim is to raise as much money as possible, to give the people who stay at the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital a Christmas present and a beautiful day. This hospital is specialized in care and cure for people with cancer.
Valy Pintiuc is a well-known organizer within he gay scene in Amsterdam. For 10 years he is also a committed fundraiser for this foundation to give people in this hospital a special Christmas.
Expect this evening a lot of special performances and a host of activities to let you hand over some cash for this good cause. It promises to be a special pre-Christmas party in all these bars and will guarantee to give you a good feeling.
- 23rd December 5PM – 3 AM
- Brug 34, Utrechtsestraat 19
Since this year Christmas prolongs the weekend in The Netherlands with two extra days (we have two public holidays with Christmas), it is good excuse to get extra drunk. And that is just the idea at Brug 34 for Saturday the 23rd. Or as they say: “Get drunk and blame it on Christmas”.
This small bar welcomes you this evening with a special Christmas drink to give you some Dutch courage for the following holiday days.
- 25th December 3PM – 9PM
- Lellebel, Utrechtsestraat 4
Eetzame Kerst is a play on words in Dutch for Lonely Christmas (Eenzame Kerst) where by lonely is replaced by a new word Eetzaam (or eatable). This is a special event in the Dragshowbar for people who will be alone for Christmas. They will offer a 5 course dinner for only €15,-! That cheap price is possible, because DT Projects sponsors this Christmas dinner.
Lellebel is a small bar, so the number of places will be limited. So you have to contact Lellebal owner Hans and leave your name, e-mail address and phone number.
Christmas Eve, Christmas & NYE at Queens head
- 24th and 25th December 5PM – 3AM
- 31st December 6PM – 3AM
- Queens Head, Zeedijk 20
If you are visiting Amsterdam these holiday season, it might be a bit funny to find places that celebrate Christmas and NYE without feeling totally as an outsider. Queens Head is one of the bars you can go to and have a fun time.
In this hysterically decorated bar, you are welcomed with special drinks and snacks during Christmas. And on NYE there will be a party with DJ Kosmos 3000 and Jakko B. And of course there will be a count down with bubbles and snacks.
Christmas at Soho
- 24th, 25th and 26th of December 8PM – 3 AM
- Soho, Reguliersdwarsstraat 36
The biggest gay bar in the famous Reguliersdwarsstraat will create an extra warm Christmas atmosphere this year. Expect cool DJ’s and friendly bar staff to make you feel welcome.
Dress 2 Impress & Great Sounds by DJFirstRank
- 26th December 6PM – 3AM
- Fame, Amstel 50
At bar Fame they can’t get enough of Christmas. They invite you to go there on the bank holiday (or 2nd Christmas day as we say in Amsterdam) and show of your best Christmas jumper or even underwear. They want you to shine this evening and dance on the beats of DJFirstRank.
A naughty NYE
- 31st December 10AM – 3AM
- Cuckoo’s Nest, Nieuwezijds Kolk 6
Cuckoo’s Nest is the bar for sex and music. And they combine this at NYE with Dj Mally Clark & Dj Benjamin. On top of that they offer a buffet with snacks and of course bubbles.
Entrance is free, but admission will be at the discretion of the staff.
Minutes till Midnight
- 31st December 4PM – 3AM –
- Hotspot, Jonge Roelensteeg 4Free entry
Party bar Hotspot organizes a countdown NYE event with snacks and bubbles at midnight. Free entrance.
NYE and New Years day
- 31st December 20PM – 3 AM
- 1st January 4PM
- ‘t Mandje, Zeedijk 63
Apart from celebrating NYE, people also take a restorative walk on the 1st of January and visit friends and family to wish them all the best for the new year. What better place to do that than at Amsterdam’s oldest gay bar ‘t Mandje!