Amsterdam Light Festival 2023/2024

Amsterdam Light Festival is a winter outdoor festival of modern art, light and water. Dozens of historical buildings in the center of Amsterdam will be glittering with colour in the dark, letting the visitors feel the Christmas spirit.

This year the center of Amsterdam will be illuminated with the light artworks for the 12th edition of Amsterdam Light Festival from 30 November 2023 to 21 January 2024. This year’s theme is ‘Technology & AI’.

Everything you need to know about Amsterdam Light Festival

What: A spectacular outdoor exhibition of light art in the shape of sculptures, projections and installations created by international modern artists.

When: from 30 November 2023 to 21 January 2024. Order the Amsterdam Light Festival tickets with discount online >>

The lights are on:

  • from Sunday to Tuesday – from 17:00 to 22:00
  • from Wednesday to Saturday – from 17:00 to 23:00.

There are two exceptions: During the Christmas Break (23 December until 7 January 2024) the lights are on from 17:00 to 23:00. On 31 December 2023 the lights will be off.

Tip! You can still take a regular day canal cruise in Amsterdam both on 31 December 2023 (last departure at 15:15) and on 1 January 2024 (first departure on 10:00). Book tickets online to secure your spot.

Where: in Amsterdam, through the Plantage and Weesper neighbourhoods, and along the canals.

Official Amsterdam Light Festival website in English:

Amsterdam Light Festival 2020/2021 - 15000 and more - Studio klus - Copyright Janus van den Eijnden“15000 and more” artwork by Studio Klus. Copyright Janus van den Eijnden

What to do:

The festival artworks are located alongside two different routes – a boat route and a walking route. Each route has an own theme and exposition of artworks.

1. Take an Amsterdam Light Festival canal cruise (from € 26,50)

From the waters of Amsterdam you will have the best views of the light artworks. In a comfortable, heated canal boat you’ll listen to the audio guide and from an open boat you can experience the artworks form up-close. Get your cruise tickets now!

A cruise takes approximately 75 minutes. Most cruises leave every 30 minutes, between 16:45 and 21:30.

There are several Amsterdam Light festival cruises departure points in Amsterdam (Central Station, Oosterdock, Amsterdam Noord). You can pick which one is the most convenient for you!

How to get to the departure point?

Use the Glimble public transport journey planner. The app will show you the best root, travelling time and schedule:

Amsterdam Light Festival 2023 - Blueprint - Reier Pos - Copyright Janus van den Eijnden

“Blueprint” artwork by Reier Pos on the National Maritime Museum facade. Copyright Janus van den Eijnden

You can also purchase the Amsterdam Winter Card which covers:

  • the Winter Paradijs (an annual winter festival)
  • the Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise
  • an audioguide to get to know the city.
2. Take the Amsterdam Light Festival 7,5 km walking route

It is not mandatory to purchase tickets to see the artworks. But you can also download an app with a digital map, containing all the locations and descriptions of the light artworks. The Amsterdam Light festival route map can purchased in-app from 28 November 2023 for €7,99.

Enjoy the light festival! And see you in Amsterdam this winter!

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