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


  • Admire the stunning Amsterdam Light Festival on this holiday canal cruise
  • Observe 30 light sculptures and projections by international artists during the Amsterdam Light Festival
  • See major Amsterdam sights including the Amstel River, Skinny Bridge and Oudezijds Voorburgwal.
  • Hear audio commentary about the vibrant light sculptures you pass on your 75-minute evening cruise

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What You Can Expect

Amsterdam Light Festival Water Colors Cruise

Enjoy a glass of mulled wine while admiring stunning light sculptures!

Get a front-row view of beautifully illuminated Amsterdam during the annual Amsterdam Light Festival held each winter. Make your way to the pier opposite Central Station, where you’ll be welcomed aboard. Enjoy a cozy and festive holiday atmosphere throughout the 75-minute evening cruise, which takes you past an awe-inspiring spectacle of light and color.

Delight in world-class art that includes multiple light sculptures and projections chosen among dozens of international artists to enliven the dark winter nights of Amsterdam. Listen to audio commentary about the cutting-edge lighting technologies used by various artists, and learn about the Amsterdam landmarks you pass.

View attractions including City Hall, the Amstel River, the Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug) and Oudezijds Voorburgwal — Amsterdam’s oldest canal — before your cruise concludes near Central Station.

Customer Reviews

Ashley M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Lovely relaxing tour, great information about the art installations and a warm and comfortable boat. Very enjoyable and good way to see some sights


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This was pretty, especially at Christmas time to see the lights at night and from the water. The boat was spacious and comfortable. Had a great time. I would recommend this trip.

Jo T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

I would highly recommend this trip; it was gorgeous and very interesting. My only complaint was the continual queuing, as the Viator ticket needed to be exchanged for one of the tour operators own. This took ages and it would've been just as easy to queue and buy one on site.

Vanda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014


Lucinda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Brilliant tour. Although we did wait in line to board the boat for like 50 minutes in the cold and we didn't receive our mulled wine. The tour was enjoyable and education. The boat does steam up so viewing does become a problem but we sat right at the back where the hot air vents kept out windows clear

Diana S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This was our first canal cruise and it was terrific. The staff were wonderful, from checking in at the office to the captain on the boat. The boat was comfortable (we are very tall) and the audio quality was clear and informative. I highly recommend this company and encourage first timers to Amsterdam to take a cruise early during their stay. This is a great introduction to the city. Thank you!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Good commentary, quick trip on canal. You can open window if want to take pictures.

Jessica M

4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

Very experienced, accommodating staff. Lovely experience to take a break from the weather and the walking while still seeing the city from a different perspective.
Thank you for the trip :

Larissa A

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

The trip was great with interesting commentary and no waiting to get on the boat (we went approx. 6.15pm on a friday). we had hoped to see a few more light sculptures but enjoyed the ones there.

Leslie B

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

Pretty and a warm way to see the lights and sights!

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