The Amsterdam Light Festival is organized yearly in the dark winter months of december and januari, lighting up our spirits with beautiful artworks. Each year has it’s own theme and because the international creators use light as their central focus, the artworks are best admired at night.
As the Amsterdam Light Festival is free of charge, you can enjoy it by walking past all the light sculptures, but isn’t it even better doing so by boat? As many of the pieces of art are situated on or near the water, floating by makes the experience even more mesmerizing.
You have the option of closed top boats and boats without a roof. We prefer the last ones as they give you the best views and perfect options for a selfie.
In closed top boats you don’t have to bring an umbrella though and the historic ones even offer a cup of glühwein (warmed up wine with winter spices like cinnamon and orange) to complete the romantic winter scene.
When you want your schedule to be flexible, you can also hop on a boat when it suits you using the skip the line version behind the Leidseplein. Just pick and choose your ideal option.
The light sculptures in the winter of 2017 and 2018 are themed Existential. The pieces of art of the 35 international artists, including living legend Ai Weiwei, portray the connection of people and how light can bring us closer together.
The annual Amsterdam Light Festival is organized:
30 November 2017 – 21 January 2018
Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise:
From € 15