Amsterdam Light Festival

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The next edition of the Amsterdam Light Festival starts on 28 November 2024. More information will be available later in the year. On 30 November 2023, the 12th edition of the most beautiful festival of lights of the year gets underway in Amsterdam. This edition has the theme LOADING... Revealing Art, AI and Tech, with which the festival will explore the accelerated use of both in our everyday lives. Technology and Artificial Intelligence affect how we communicate, socialize and create. This year the show includes brand new light art, chosen specifically for this event. The Amsterdam Light Festival artworks will be exhibited throughout winter in and around the canals of Amsterdam. The magical play between light and water can be seen from the quayside but is even more beautiful on an Amsterdam canal cruise. How to see the Light Festival in Amsterdam? This year the best way to enjoy the festival is back: the Amsterdam Light Festival cruise. We offer these with LOVERS Canal Cruises, an official partner of the festival. The Amsterdam Light Festival water route takes you through the UNESCO World Heritage listed canals of Amsterdam. What's more magical than enjoying a comfortable cruise through the canals of the Dutch capital in the dark winter months? Enjoying a cruise during the Amsterdam Light Festival of course! Every evening the artwork will light up, and you can see this beautiful exhibition from a canal boat. Together with Lovers Canal Cruises, we offer three Amsterdam Light Festival boat tour options that will let you appreciate the festival at its best. The most famous and popular Light Festival cruise departs from Amsterdam Central Station.  Departure times and locations We offer Amsterdam Light Festival cruises from two departure locations right outside Amsterdam Central Station. One at the main LOVERS Canal Cruises dock on the Prins Hendrikkade and the other behind Restaurant Loetje on Stationsplein. The cruise route is the same from each departure location, so no matter which location you choose, you won't miss out on any of the art. The first departure time is just before 17.00, after the sun has set and the light art will start looking their best. The last departure time is one hour and fifteen minutes before the lights are turned off for the night, this differs per day. There are no departures on 31 December, so that everyone including staff can welcome the new year with family and friends.Amsterdam Light Festival Q&A You might have some questions about the Light Festival in Amsterdam. And we have the answers. How long is the Amsterdam Light Festival boat tour? The tour takes about 60 minutes. What is the best time of day for a canal cruise during the Light Festival? The light art is at its best in the evening when it is dark outside. Where are the Amsterdam Light Festival artworks? The light art is spread across the city along its famous canals. Where to buy Amsterdam Light Festival boat tour tickets? You can book your Amsterdam Light Festival boat tour tickets here, easily and safely. The comfortable, modern and heated boats of LOVERS Canal Cruises provide an experience that you will not soon forget. Do not wait any longer and book your tickets for the most beautiful festival of the year, the Amsterdam Light Festival!