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Light Festival Amsterdam 2021/2022

December 2, 2021 @ 5:00 pm January 23, 2022 @ 12:00 pm

Light Festival Amsterdam

Amsterdam Light Festival will be held from 2 December 2021 to 23 January 2022. It is the tenth version of this popular event. During this jubilee edition, you can enjoy over 20 works of light art along a beautiful water route in the centre of Amsterdam. Book a Light Festival canal cruise and enjoy the works of light art and the illuminated Amsterdam to the full.

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On Friday 26 November, new measures were announced to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Fortunately, it is not a hard lockdown, but there are important measures. Below, we have briefly described the most important measures. On Tuesday evening, December 14, there will probably be another press conference to see if and what measures are needed after December 17. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date.

Amsterdam Light Festival

Experience the open-air light exhibition ‘Jubilee edition’ along a completely new waterroute and visit one of the many activities during the tenth edition of Light Festival in Amsterdam! From December 2, 2021 to January 23, 2022, Amsterdam will once again be the stage for international light art for 53 days.

Information on the illuminated works of art

This tenth edition of the Light Festival has more than 20 works of light art along the route. Each work of light art tells its own story, but there are also inspiring stories and themes, which you can hear via the audio tour on board of one of the special Light Festival Canal Cruises. The audio tour is available in Dutch and English.

Light Festival Cruises

Bring your festival experience to a higher level and experience the festival from the water with a guide or audio tour. Join a cruise on the canals of Amsterdam with cosy and luxury boats. Each of the boats equipped with pillows, blankets, a bathroom and other luxuries making it a very stylish and extraordinary house on the water.

During the 90 minutes long cruise, guided by a friendly skipper you not only will enjoy amazing art pieces passing by but also will be able to have a drink.

The different types of canal boats during Light Festival Amsterdam

There are various types of canal boats to choose from. Below is an overview:

Closed + heated canal boats

Closed and heated cruise Light Festival Amsterdam
Closed and heated cruise Light Festival Amsterdam

Enjoy a comfortable cruise past the illuminated artworks of the Light Festival Amsterdam in one of the closed canal boats. The many windows give you a good view of the light artworks and Amsterdam. These tours depart from Amsterdam Central Station and Leidseplein.

Open top canal boats

Open boat Amsterdam Light Festival
Open boat Amsterdam Light Festival

These comfortable canal boats have a roof but are open on the sides. This gives you an even better view of the works of light. It may, however, be colder than in the closed canal boats. There are blankets in the boat for extra warmth if necessary. These tours depart from Amsterdam Central Station.

Opening hours Light Festival Cruises

The Light Festival’s light artworks are on every day from 17:00 to 23:00. On New Year’s Eve, the light artworks will be switched off at 20.00 hours. The canal boats start between 16:30 and 21:30.

Monday16:30 – 21:30
Tuesday16:30 – 21:30
Wednesday16:30 – 21:30
Thursday16:30 – 21:30
Friday16:30 – 21:30
Saturday16:30 – 21:30
Sunday16:30 – 21:30

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.

Departure locationType of boatPrice 12+Price 0-11
Central StationClosed and heated boat€ 26,50€ 13,25Buy tickets
Central StationOpen top boat€ 26,50€ 13,25Buy tickets
Central StationClosed and heated boat including Drinks & Bites€ 37,50€ 19,50Buy tickets
LeidsepleinClosed and heated boat€ 26,50€ 13,25Buy tickets

The canal boats depart from a stop near Central Station or Leidseplein and are easily accessible by train, metro, tram and bus. You can easily plan your trip by public transport via 9292. Parking is available near Central Station at the Central Station car park.

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Stationsplein 10
Amsterdam, 1012 AB Netherlands
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