Amsterdam Light Festival

Amsterdam Light Festival

Experience Amsterdam’s magical lights for seven weeks During the Amsterdam Light Festival, which is held in November and early January, the canals of Amsterdam are lit up by the best light artists from Holland and abroad. You can enjoy the most spectacular art installations in Amsterdam’s inner city for weeks. The best time to witness the spectacle is at the end of the day, when dusk falls. The lights are at their best in the dark. The festival is held at the centre of Amsterdam, on the canals in the inner city and the Amstel river. Close to where the Amsterdam Light Festival boat tour begins, you will find a Madame Tussauds wax museum, the Royal Palace, Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder, and countless opportunities for shopping.

Illuminade walking itinerary

The Illuminade walking itinerary leads past several light installations every year. The exhibition shows off the masterpieces created especially for the festival by top international artists. They include brightly coloured projections on historical architecture, dynamic light installations in city parks, and works that you can literally walk through.

Water Colors boat tour

The Water Colors boat tour introduces you to Amsterdam in a unique way. Board one of the tour boats embellished with lights and sail through the famous 17th century canals to see the beautiful exhibition. The latest light innovations make you look at the historical heritage of the city in an entirely new way. Sail through the Herengracht and Oosterdok to the Amstel and experience Amsterdam like never before. The Water Color boat tour is the perfect way to re-experience the city.