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Amsterdam Light Festival

By Viator, October 2013

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Following last year’s hugely successful inaugural celebrations, Amsterdam will come alive again over winter 2013 with its second Light Festival, which sees magical laser shows piercing the night sky and glinting off the canals over Christmas and New Year.

Running from December 6 to January 19, 2014, the festival will exhibit a series of around 30 magnificent light and laser installations specially commissioned from contemporary Dutch and international artists. Flashing artworks are strategically placed to light up the streets and canals; a massive futuristic globe perched outside Centraal Station, a glittering skyscraper reflecting off the water in Prins Hendrikkade and the artwork Reflections by Teresa Mar coating the façade of the Hermitage Amsterdam in a spider’s web of sparkling multi-colored neon.

The newly designed Illuminade walking route through the Amsterdam’s Plantage district takes in a spectacular open-air exhibition of light installations by up-and-coming artists between December 12 and January 5, 2014; switched on between 5pm and 10pm, they are guaranteed to add warmth and color to cold winter nights.

Saturday, December 21, sees 2013’s Christmas Canal Parade kick off at 6.30pm. Now an integral part of the Amsterdam Light Festival, the parade showcaases scores of boats decorated with Christmas scenes and strung with multi-colored lights as they process along canals lined with revelers wearing Santa hats and twinkling neon antlers.

And this year the best way to experience the Amsterdam Light Festival after dark is by a specially routed 75-minute cruise along the neon-bathed canals with informed commentary on the displays and a warming glass or two of mulled wine accompanied by a bowl of traditional erwtensoep – traditional Dutch green pea soup.

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Holiday Canal Cruise: Amsterdam Light Festival from a Glass-Topped Canal Barge

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Admire the dazzling creations of the second annual Amsterdam Light Festival on this evening cruise. As you travel the city’s famous canals, listen to audio ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

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Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise from a Glass-Topped Canal Barge Including Dutch Signature Dish

Admire the spectacular Amsterdam Light Festival while savoring a hearty meal on this holiday canal cruise. Listen to illuminating commentary about the 30 light ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 75 minutes

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