Experiencing the Amsterdam Light Festival

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Even repeat visitors will see Amsterdam in a whole new light during the annual Light Festival, when early winter sunsets give way to dazzling illuminations above the city’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed canals. Here are a few ways to enjoy the Amsterdam Light Festival to the fullest.

When to Go
The Amsterdam Light Festival takes place each year from the end of November to the end of January, to ring in and celebrate the holiday season.

Where to Go
Follow the festival’s canal-side exhibition on a scenic loop around the city, where diverse artworks brighten the banks of the Herengracht. Massive glowing tulips, glittering bicycles, and a projected rainbow bridge paint the waters between Oosterdok and Herengracht as part of the Water Colors exhibition. Meanwhile, a second exhibition route—the Illuminade walking trail—lights up the historical buildings and public parks of Amsterdam’s Weesper and Plantage neighborhoods.

How to Go
The best way to experience the Amsterdam Light Festival is from the water. Choose a specially-routed Water Colors canal cruise for a 75-minute tour of the city’s neon-bathed canals, with informative commentary and a warming glass of mulled wine included. You’ll learn about the mesmerizing light sculptures you pass while enjoying views of top attractions including the Amstel River, City Hall, the Hermitage Amsterdam, and Muntplein.

Alternatively, experience the festival from the saddle on a bike tour. Spin through Dam Square to festival sites including the Amstel River, Centraal Station, and the beautiful Herengracht canal, and cover the ground with ease.
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90 minute Winter Lights Cruise with Refreshments

Get great views of Amsterdam lit up from the water during this 1.5-hour cruise. Relax and warm up with provided hot chocolate and a traditional Dutch pastry between watching the lights glide by and taking nighttime photos of the scenery. Live commentary provided by an on-board guide.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Amsterdam Winter Light Festival Cruise

Experience the Amsterdam Light Festival on a 1.5-hour cruise on the Dutch capital’s canals. This annual festival brings artists, architects and light designers from all over the world each winter, and you’ll have a unique vantage point of the artwork around the city as you cruise along the waterways. Delve into the city’s history and culture with your guide; see famous Amsterdam sights lit up by night; and opt to purchase drinks and snacks from the onboard bar throughout the cruise.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Water Colors Canal Cruise of the Amsterdam Light Festival

See Amsterdam canals come to life for the Amsterdam Light Festival, when light sculptures and themed artwork line the city’s historic waterways. This 75-minute canal cruise explore the city from the water on a specially-designed route, and includes a personal audio guide to the sculptures along the way.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise

See the annual Amsterdam Light Festival on a winter evening cruise that showcases dozens of light sculptures and projections, all created by artists from around the world. Admire these unique works of art from your glass-topped barge and enjoy the festive holiday atmosphere on board. During the 75-minute cruise, listen to audio commentary about the dazzling installations as well as city attractions including the Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug), City Hall and the Amstel River.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Amsterdam Semi-Open Canal Boat: Water Colors Cruise of the Amsterdam Light Festival

For optimal viewing, catch the colorful wintertime installations of the annual Amsterdam Light Festival from the water. During a 75-minute canal cruise aboard a semi-open boat you can admire projections and light sculptures lining the banks of the city’s historic canals. The narrated tour conveniently starts near the Amsterdam Centraal railway station.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Amsterdam Light Festival Water Colors Cruise by Dutch Authentic Boat

Discover Amsterdam’s 2018 Light Festival from the comfort of an historic Dutch boat. The 75-minute cruise saves you the trouble of walking up and down the city’s many canals during the chilly winter months. It's a great opportunity to experience the annual open-air light show in a leisurely and cozy atmosphere. Enjoy complimentary glühwein (mulled wine) during the voyage, along with unlimited drinks and a snack.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Amsterdam Light Festival open boat cruise

Why walk when you can float along in style? With this Amsterdam open boat cruise tour you can gain spectacular views of the unique annual Amsterdam Light Festival. The boat tour takes 75 minutes.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Amsterdam Light Festival by Bike

Experience the ultimate Amsterdam cycling experience during the Amsterdam Light Festival! In 1.5 hours you will cycle with a local guide in a small group along all the beautiful light objects on the water.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Amsterdam Light Festival Bike Tour

The Amsterdam Light Festival is a sight to see, but walking the historic canal area can get tiresome. See the festival during this bike tour and cover more ground in less time than walking. Choose from two tour times, and set off to catch sight of installations and artwork done by artists, architects, and designers from all over the world.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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