Light Festival Amsterdam 2024/2025 (2024)

November 28, 2024 @ 5:00 pmJanuary 19, 2025 @ 10:00 pm

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Amsterdam Light Festival will be held this winter season from 28 November 2024 to 19 January 2025. In this 13th edition, the event takes you into the world of Rituals. Come and enjoy the works of light art on, along and in the Canals of Amsterdam. Want to fully enjoy the light artworks? Then book your Light Festival canal cruise in time and enjoy a magical cruise through Amsterdam’s canals.

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Light Festival Amsterdam Cruises 2024 / 2025

  • Amsterdam Light Festival
  • Theme 2024/2025: ‘World of Rituals’
  • Light Festival Cruises
  • Private Group cruise
  • Opening hours Light Festival Cruises
  • Prices and Departure locations Light Festival cruise
  • Route map of the Light Festival Amsterdam
  • Light Festival Bike Tour
  • Light Festival Walk Tour
  • Hotel during the Light Festival Amsterdam
  • Winter Festival Map
  • Populair links

Amsterdam Light Festival

During the dark winter months, the open-air light exhibition ‘Light Festival Amsterdam‘ transforms the Amsterdam canals into a unique canvas for light art. During this 13th season, more than 20 wondrous works of art can be seen on a route along Amsterdam’s canals. The light spectacle lasts 53 days and starts on Thursday 28 November 2024 and lasts until Sunday 19 January 2025.

Theme 2024/2025: ‘World of Rituals’

During this thirteenth season of the Light Festival Amsterdam, you will be taken into the world of Rituals. With a spark of imagination, we unlock the gateway to a world where rituals are more than just traditions; they are a vibrant dance of culture, history, and future dreams. Wander with us through a realm where the oldest customs are revived, where every ceremony bridges the past and our deepest wishes for tomorrow. Embark on a voyage of discovery through Amsterdam’s canals.

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Light Festival Cruises

The Amsterdam Light Festival is best experienced from the canals of Amsterdam. There are several canal cruises available that follow the special Light Festival route and explain the works of light while cruising the canals (live or via an audio guide). Check out the different cruise experiences below and book the cruise that suits you best. We have divided them by tour start location.

Covered boat

Amsterdam North

Covered boat

Oosterdokskade

Luxury boat + drinks

Damrak

Open boat

Central Station

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One of the best locations to start your Light Festival cruise is Amsterdam North. From Amsterdam Central Station, take the free ferry (F3) and cruise in 2 minutes for free to the start location of your canal cruise. Two different tours are available from this location. Parking is available at the A’dam Parking.

Light Festival Cruise with live commentary

Depart from Amsterdam-North in a brand new, 100% electric canal boat and cruise from the IJ towards the glistening Amstel River. Along the way, you will sail past the NEMO Science Museum and the fully restored Scheepvaartmuseum, past the famous Skinny Bridge and Artis Zoo.

Along the way, you will see 24 beautiful light artworks in and around Amsterdam’s canals. Your local skipper will explain the city of Amsterdam and the most impressive works of art.

Tickets Boat cruisesPrice
Adult (14+)€ 26.50Book now
Child (3-13)€ 13.25Book now
Infant (0-2)FreeBook now
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Enjoy a comfortable cruise past the illuminated artworks of the Light Festival Amsterdam in one of the heated canal boats over Lovers Canal Cruises. The many windows give you a great view of the light artworks and Amsterdam. These tours leave directly in front of Amsterdam Central Station. Parking is available at the Q-Park Central Station.

  • Learn everything about the light artworks with the audio guide (English, Dutch)
  • Heated boat ride
  • Departure times: A canal boat leaves every 15 minutes
  • Duration: 1h 15min
  • Departure directly in front of Amsterdam Central Station
  • Book your cruise in advance
Tickets orange cruisesPrice
Adult (13+)€ 26.50Book now
Child (4-12)€ 13.25Book now
Infant (0-3)Free
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Book a luxury cruise on a traditional saloon boat. This cruise has a live guide explaining the light artworks. The boats are covered and heated, and during the cruise you will enjoy unlimited mulled wine, beer, wine or soda. Parking is available at the Oosterdok Parking

  • Personal host and skipper explaining the works of art (English, Dutch)
  • Unlimited mulled wine, beer, wine and fresh drinks
  • 75-minute canal cruise on an electric boat
  • Departure times: 4.45pm, 6.25pm, 7.45pm and 9.15pm
  • Duration: 1h 15min
  • Departure from Oosterdokskade (5 minutes walk from Central Station)
  • Book your cruise in advance
Tickets Luxury cruisesFrom price
Adult (12+)€ 26.50Book now
Child (3-12)€ 13.50Book now
Infant (0-2)FreeBook now
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Make the most of the stunning light artworks from an open boat. You will cruise through Amsterdam’s canals in an electric open boat with a small group. From the open boat, you will have the perfect view of the artworks and take the most beautiful photos. The live guide on board will tell you all about the artworks. These tours leave from Damrak directly in front of Amsterdam Central Station. Parking is available at the Q-Park Central Station or Q-Park de Bijenkorf

  • Personal host and skipper explaining the works of art (English, Dutch)
  • Make the most of the light works of art with an open boat cruise
  • There are blankets on board to keep you warm
  • If it rains, you can opt for a covered and heated boat
  • 75-minute canal cruise on an electric open boat
  • Departure times: A canal boat leaves every 15 minutes
  • Duration: 1h 15min
  • Departure from Damrak (5 minutes walk from Central Station)
  • Book your cruise in advance
Tickets Luxury cruisesFrom price
Adult (12+)€ 26.50Book now
Child (3-12)€ 25.00Book now
Infant (0-2)FreeBook now

Private Group cruise

Would you like to enjoy the Amsterdam Light Festival with your own group? Or would you like to book a cruise for your tour company as a tour operator? Then book a private canal Light Festival cruise past the light artworks. There are several options for groups. If your group is larger than 20 people, you can request a no-obligation quote for your unique private canal cruise for your group. For groups smaller than 20 people, we would like to ask you to book via the normal booking process.

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Opening hours Light Festival Cruises

The Light Festival’s light artworks are on every day. The canal boats start between 4:30 pm – 10 pm. During the Christmas holidays (21 December to 5 January), the lights are on every day from 5 pm to 11 pm. On New Year’s Eve, the light artworks will be switched off.

WeekdayOpening hours
Monday5 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday5 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday5 pm – 10 pm
Thursday5 pm – 11 pm
Friday5 pm – 11 pm
Saturday5 pm – 11 pm
Sunday5 pm – 11 pm

Prices and Departure locations Light Festival cruise

There are several departure locations for the Amsterdam Light Festival canal cruises. You reserve a ticket for a specific departure location.

Type cruiseDeparture locationPrice 12+Price 3-11
Heated cruise
Audio tour
Central Station€ 26.50€ 13.25Buy tickets
Heated cruise
Live guide
Amsterdam North€ 26.50€ 13.25Buy tickets
Luxury cruise
live guide
unlimited drinks
Oosterdokskadefrom € 26.50€ 13.50Buy tickets
Luxury cruise
live guide
including a drink
Amsterdam North€ 44.50€ 22.50Buy tickets
Open boat tour
live guide
Damrak€ 26.50€ 25.00Buy tickets
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Route map of the Light Festival Amsterdam

The Light Festival canal cruise route runs largely along the Herengracht in the centre of Amsterdam. A canal cruise gives you the best view of the light artworks. The canal boat sails past the light artworks. The map also shows the various starting locations of the canal cruises.

Light Festival Bike Tour

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See the works of light art in Amsterdam in the most Dutch way with the Light Festival bike tour. This 2 hour guided Light Festival bike tour takes you to the most beautiful locations in wintery Amsterdam. Your guide speaks Dutch and English. The tour departs at 4.45 pm every day during the Light Festival. The tour starts and ends at Yellow Bike Nieuwezijds Kolk 29, Amsterdam.

TicketsPrice
Light Festival Bike tour €35.00Buy tickets
Book your Light Festival Bike Tour

Light Festival Walk Tour

You can also enjoy the works of light art from the quay. A special 7.5-kilometre walking route has been developed that takes you past the works of art. You can choose between the walking tour including or excluding an audio guide.

TicketPrice
Route map€7.99Buy tickets

Hotel during the Light Festival Amsterdam

Would you like to enjoy the Light Festival Amsterdam and the other winter activities in the city? Then book a hotel in Amsterdam. The winter period is popular every year so book your hotel in time. Check the map below for current availability and prices.

Winter Festival Map

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